NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate ideas and solutions to critical food systems issues.
We are honored to have civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod deliver the keynote address, focused on this year's conference theme, Putting MOVE in the Movement. Civil rights, labor, women’s rights—the movements that transformed our world can give us insight on ways to accelerate food systems change. What can we learn from leaders past and present? How can we better organize our work, our networks, our message, our media? Learn and strategize with hundreds of attendees—from farmers to researchers to policymakers—as we work to build a movement and realize the change we want to see.
Each year, we look at the trajectory of the food and farm movement, and the role our network can play in shaping its future.We offer in-depth working sessions and provocative dialogues that tackle important questions about our regional food system and how to strengthen it. We draw upon exciting local and regional efforts, including alternative supply chain networks, research projects, infrastructure initiatives and policy advocacy.
Make sure you have a seat at the table, and come with your sleeves rolled up. It takes a region, after all!
We'll be updating this page with new information on workshops, plenaries, lodging, and more, so check back soon.