December 05
December 5, 2017 - 9:00am EST to December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm EST | Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Community Food Systems Conference 2017

Exploring the intersection of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture

Conference Overview
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. This conference is possible thanks to funding from the Community Food Projects grant program of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

We will provide space for conversations around promoting, facilitating, and supporting self-reliance; breaking down barriers to racial justice; connecting communities to their food sources; and impacting communities at the local and regional level through sustainable food production.

The conference will bring together leaders in, and advocates of, food security, sustainable agriculture and social justice movements to discuss their range of perspectives, how these areas overlap, and how to support one another’s work.

We expect 500 attendees from the fields of community food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture.

Conference Highlights:

  • December 5th pre-conference workshop sessions, field trips and events
  • December 6th and 7th main conference workshops and activities including reception
  • Workshops and networking sessions focused on food justice, policy, best practices, experiential education, sustainability, economic development, building community, and promoting access to healthy food in underserved communities
  • Exhibit hall for leading non-profit, academic, business and government organizations in the community food field
  • Reception hosted by local organizations
  • Meals featuring locally-grown foods including a reception hosted by local organizations
  • Field trips for an experiential component to see community food systems work in action
  • Keynote and plenary sessions on food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture