Session 2 Workshops | Food Business & Economy

Crafting Your Pitch

Presented in partnership with Food + Enterprise

Room: HM 150

Are you dreaming about starting your own food business? Do you have a mission-driven passion project that's turning into a start-up? Are you a hobby-entrepreneur with a culinary side-project? Join us for an interactive workshop that explores storytelling, crafting a pitch, accessing funds, and other practical tools for entrepreneurs at all stages. We will discuss resources that businesses and non-profits can pursue, and platforms that they can leverage to catalyze food-business for community good.

Speakers: Erica Dorn, Managing Director,; Eugenia Manwelyan, Co-Director, Eco Practicum



Just Food. Just Cities: Building a Local Food Economy

Room: Cowin Auditorium

From rooftop gardens, to edible landscaping, to urban food markets, to breweries in once-derelict industrial spaces, food is transforming neighborhood development. This session showcases innovative place-based programs in Detroit and New York that work at the crossroads of microbusiness and community development. The connections and conversations from this session will focus attention on how developers, designers and nonprofits are working together to use food as a platform for health, economic development and cultural expression, creating co-benefits for all - particularly low-income entrepreneurs and residents.

Speakers: Devita DavisonDirector, FoodLab Detroit (Moderator)Bianca Bockman, Community Healthy Food Advocate, Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development CorporationJames Johnson-Piett, CEO, Urbane DevelopmentIJessica Norwood, Executive Director, Emerging ChangeMakers 




Planning, Growing, Marketing, and Building Cooperatively: Lessons from Grown in Detroit

Room: HM 152

Keep Growing Detroit (KGD) promotes a food sovereign city where the majority of fruits and vegetables Detroiters consume are grown by residents within the city’s limits. Can you sell what you grow well? What about grow what sells well? How do you keep track of everything from season to season? What about marketing and selling cooperatively? At this workshop, staff from Keep Growing Detroit will share best practices and tried-and-true tools that we use for farm planning, record-keeping, and collaboratively marketing produce. This will be a hands-on and interactive session to maximize your farm or garden’s profit and success!

Speakers: Imani Foster, Farmers’ Market Coordinator & Eitan Sussman, Wholesale Produce Coordinator, Keep Growing Detroit




What Does a Food Justice Workplace Look Like?

Room: HM 433

Learn how to create a workplace that has a comprehensive approach to justice and equity, including conflict resolution, democratic and cooperative structures, fair labor policies, health and safety.

Speaker: Elizabeth Henderson, Organic Farmer and NOFA Representative to the Board, Agricultural Justice Project



Food Business & Economy