Session 1 Workshops | Community Food Projects

Breaking the Chains: Food as a Tool to End Mass Incarceration

Room: Milbank Chapel

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm moderates this panel of incredible farmers and food entrepreneurs who are working at the intersection of food and the criminal justice system. Learn about models that include theraputic and vocational training through growing and producing food, and projects that support individuals who are currently or have been formerly incarcerated as well as their families. 


Speakers: Leah Penniman, Co-Director, Soul Fire Farm (Moderator); Erika Rumbley Co-Founder and Director, The New Garden SocietyJalal Sabur, Farmer, Educator, Sweet Freedom Farm; Jared Spafford, Culinary Arts Director, Drive Change




Communicate and Dream Big

Room: HM 140

Rise and Root farm shares their story of going from urban to rural farming. They will share and explore the challenges and successes they've encountered on their journey as well as the future of agriculture. We will discuss and share the important role of communication in avoiding the pitfalls we may experience when making huge decisions. This workshop will be interactive and fun. Participants will learn to face some of their own challenges with "Dreaming Big". 

Speakers: Maggie CheneyLorrie Clevenger, Michaela HayesJane Hodge, D. Rooney, & Karen Washington, Co-Founders, Rise & Root Farm




Northeast Youth Food Justice Network

Room: HM 152

Come and learn about the Youth Food Justice Network! You will hear from a panel of amazing youth leaders from different organizations in the Northeast about their experiences in food justice work and working together as a powerful network. This workshop will cover everything from planning successful summits to visiting, learning, and connecting with other youth leaders and changemakers to create solutions and make changes in your communities. There will be also be a special performance!

Speakers: Peace Titilawo, Co-Organizer, Northeast Youth Food Justice Network and Youth Leader, East New York Farms! (Moderator); Jamacia Austin, Urban Agriculture Intern, East New York Farms!Domingo MoralesGreen City Force




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