2019 Community Food Systems Conference, Hyatt Regency Savannah, Monday, 09. December 2019

Addressing common underlying themes of food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture across urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create resilient and equitable local food systems
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Please note that all field trips and pre-conference sessions are taking place on Monday, December 9th. Break-out workshops, keynote presentation, plenary panel and lightning talks will occur between Tuesday, December 10th and Wednesday, December 11th.

Conference Overview
The 2019 Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes of food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture across urban and rural environments and foster community empowerment to create resilient and equitable local food systems. We will convene in Savannah, Georgia to highlight and learn about food systems in the U.S. South while also drawing parallels to food systems across the country. 
The conference is hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmer's Market Association (GFMA). The partners will build on the momentum of the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference and GFMA’s Food for Thought Conference. 
Workshop presentations will span the following topics:
Equitable Economics and Fair Labor / Food and Fish for All / "Food for Thought" / Measuring and Reporting Impacts / Movement Building through Community Partnerships / Policy/Advocacy / Youth Engagement
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.
Click here to see the main conference website that includes links to our workshops, presenters, reception, field trips and pre-conference session information.
Conference Highlights


Keynote and plenary sessions on food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture. 50+ workshops, lightning talks, 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.


Keynote speaker: Michael W. Twitty is a dynamic, emerging culinary historian, historic interpreter, and food writer based in the Washington D.C. area interested in discovering and bringing to life, the foods of his ancestors--enslaved African Americans in colonial and antebellum America.


Plenary panelists:


Rashid Nuri, founder and former CEO of Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculturein Atlanta


Shirley Sherrod, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Southwest Georgia Project


Karla Blaginin, of Dichos de la Casa, first-generation American food scholar


Niaz Dorry, Executive Directorof National Family Farm Coalition


Panel moderator: Will Sellers, Food Well Alliance, Atlanta, GA






Exhibit hall for leading non-profit, academic, business and government organizations in the community food field.


Field trips to see community food systems work in action at various Savannah-area organizations.


Pre-conference trainings and forums geared toward targeted audiences for delving deeper into specific food systems work.


Meals featuring locally-grown foods.


Reception at Forsyth Park, featuring locally sourced hors d'oeuvres, drinks




Sponsorship
There are opportunities to support the 2019 Community Food Systems Conference! Please click here for details.
Our sponsors help to keep this conference accessible and affordable. For further sponsorship information, please see our Sponsorship page. Please contact Kristen Irvin with any sponsorship questions at 




This conference is supported by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Monday, 09. December 2019, Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2019 Community Food Systems Conference

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