Workshops

With over 175 workshops the 2012 conference will have something for everyone. Here’s a sample of what to expect in each of the 11 tracks.

Opportunities to Revitalize Communities Through Food Entrepreneurship

Hosted by:

Salima Jones-Daley – Consultant, Environmental Management

Nuala Gallagher – Program Director of Cypress Hills Verde

Ralph Blessing – NYC Department of City Planning/Sustainable East New York

Tess Gill – Owner, Brooklyn Victory Garden

Kimberly Bylander – NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

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How can we cultivate our entrepreneurial sensibilities to develop a sustainable food system that improves the quality of life in our neighborhoods? We’ll discuss how neighbors can provide jobs and services for each other while revitalizing underutilized infrastructure and spaces through collaborative initiatives.

Farming, Fracking and Power Plants: The Food-Water-Energy Connection

Hosted by:

Kyle Rabin – Program Director, GRACE Communications Foundation

Adrienne Esposito – Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Wenonah Hauter – Executive Director of Food & Water Watch

Chris Hunt – Senior Policy Advisor GRACE Communications Foundation

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Food, water and energy are closely intertwined as illustrated by factory farming, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and power plant cooling. This lively exchange will explore the food-water-energy nexus through each of these burning issues as well as the public health and policy implications for New Yorkers, the city and state government.

Faith and Feeding the Hungry

Hosted by:

Judith Belasco – Hazon

Reverend Luis- Alfredo Cartegena – Park Avenue Christian Church

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Food, water and energy are closely intertwined as illustrated by factory farming, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and power plant cooling. This lively exchange will explore the food-water-energy nexus through each of these burning issues as well as the public health and policy implications for New Yorkers, the city and state government.

Sustainable School Gardens and Community Building

Hosted by:

Aki Baker – Garden Educator, Adopt-A-Farmbox

Yemi Amu – Garden Educator, Adopt-A-Farmbox/Co-Founder, OKO Farms

Rosa Chavez – 2nd Grade Teacher, The Brooklyn Brownstone School

Ryan Cain – Early Childhood Science Teacher, The Bedford Village School

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How do you create a sustainable school garden? We’ll hear from schools that have established successful school gardens and discuss their challenges and successes. Participants will explore ways to build sustainable school gardens by identifying and examining resources that exist within their schools and their neighborhoods.

An Immigrants Perspective on “American” Food

Hosted by:

Dariana Castro – Special Programs Director, Prospect Heights International High School

George Edwards – Programming Committee Co-Coordinator, 2012 Brooklyn Food Conference

Student Hosts – TBD

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Many feel that America does not have its own food identity; that we are a nation whose food culture is simply a combination of those from other countries. This discussion with several recent immigrant high school students will help shed some light on how people from other countries view “American” food.

Mission Driven Distribution of Local Food

Hosted by:

Michael Hurwitz – Director, GrowNYC Greenmarket

Nathan Forster – Program Coordinator, GrowNYC Greenmarket

John Glebocki – 5th Generation Orange County Farmer

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Join a conversation on wholesale distribution of local food in NYC with staff from GrowNYC, Greenmarket and peer organizations as they discuss mission driven distribution programs and models already in existence. Workshop participants will brainstorm ideas and suggest new ways to address the challenges of food distribution in our city.

Well-Woman Care During Pregnancy, Labor, Delivery and Postpartum

Hosted by:

Hannah Springer-Corvera – Weston A. Price Foundation

Erika Simonian – Board Certified Homeopath

Dr. Eden Fromberg – Research and Clinical Care for Women

Tioma Allison – Registered Practical Nurse/Certified Homebirth Midwife

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Join alternative health professionals to discuss how homeopathy, natural herbs, nutrition, and holistic gynecology offer natural and effective approaches to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care.

Teachable Moments: How Organizations Can Leverage Food Stamps Enrollment Relationships

Hosted by:

Andrew Smallman – Director, Hunger & Food Support Initiatives, United Way of New York City

Terence Kelly – Associate Director, Benefits Access

Jonathan Fox – Staff Attorney, United Way of New York City

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UWNYC, through research and experience, has identified how organizations can create teachable moments by integrating services, like tax preparation as a pathway to improving financial security. This session will explore how organizations can leverage clients’ food stamps enrollment relationship as opportunities to address both nutrition and financial education.

Organizing for Farmworker Justice: Regional and National Efforts

Hosted by:

Richard Mandelbaum – Educator, Social Justice and Worker Rights

Nelson Carrasquillo – General Coordinator, CATA: The Farmworkers Support Committee

Lucas Benitez – Co-Founder, The Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Danilo López – Organizer, Migrant Justice (Vermont)

Richard Witt – Executive Director, Rural & Migrant Ministry

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Migrant and seasonal farmworkers are among the poorest and most exploited workers in the country. Organizing is one of the most crucial methods for improving farmworkers’ living and working conditions. Speakers in this workshop will present various organizing models from their work on the ground in our region and beyond.

Free Trade vs. Safe, Just, and Sustainable Food

Hosted by:

Christina Schiavoni – Director, WhyHunger Global Movements Program

Beatriz Lopez -Senior Organizer, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Daira Quiñones – Columbian Artist/Activist

Leticia Alanis – Director, La Union

Kathy Ozer – Executive Director, National Family Farm Coalition

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An information-packed session on the threats of free trade agreements and how we can fight to globalize food justice, not corporate control of our food. Learn how “free” trade hurts farmers, forces migration, exploits labor, jeopardizes food safety, supports factory farming, and otherwise undermines the goals of the food movement.

School Food: Creating Change

Hosted by:

Amie Hamlin – Executive Director, New York Coalition for Healthy School Food

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An information-packed session on the threats of free trade agreements and how we can fight to globalize food justice, not corporate control of our food. Learn how “free” trade hurts farmers, forces migration, exploits labor, jeopardizes food safety, supports factory farming, and otherwise undermines the goals of the food movement.