Community Food Systems Conference 2017
December 5 - 7, 2017 - Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Exploring the intersection of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture
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Request for Proposals Now Open!
Please submit workshop proposals through our online form. Submission deadline April 3, 2017 at 11:59pm. We are seeking workshop and lightning talk proposals in the following topic areas:
- Food Production
- Measuring and Reporting Impacts
- Community Partnerships and Coalitions/Networks
- Movement Building in Food Systems
- Youth Engagment
- Food Justice
- Social Enterprise in the Food System
- Farm and Fish to All
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.
- 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
- $15,000 Partner Level
- $10,000 Harvester Level
- $5,000 Cultivator Level
- $2,500 Sower Level
Local Host Committee
We are seeking to engage a local host committee. The committee will consist of approximately 12 members to help New Entry ensure that a variety of voices are represented in the conference planning and to help us deliver a rich and engaging conference experience. The local host committee will help ensure we are highlighting the important work being done in Boston.
For further host committee information, please contact Kristen Aldrich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-654-6745 xt.105.
The conference will be taking place at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel at 50 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116. Hotel room reservations will be available at a special group rate. Field trips and a conference reception will take place at sites in the Boston area. Specific sites and transportation logistics will be communicated well in advance.