Events

Santa Cruz, CA •
January 21, 2018 (All day) to January 26, 2018 (All day)

Join over 20 School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region.

Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown, 700 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101 •
December 12, 2017 9:30am to December 14, 2017 4:30pm

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show includes more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry, and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A farmer-to-farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues.

December 12, 2017
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join Community Food Centres Canada for a conversation with sociologist Dr. Alice Julier about food and inequality in our daily lives, from the grocery store to shared meals with friends.

December 12, 2017
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Join presenter Mary O'Neal, Partner at Conn Kavanaugh and employment law expert, for a workshop that will provide an overview of key employment issues that farmers need to know. From apprenticeships to agricultural minimum wage, the workshop will cover key topics that come up on the farm and provide attendees with an agricultural employment law handbook. It will also include case studies that provide an opportunity to apply the topics to real situations.

Virtual • December 13, 2017
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Food systems have become an increasingly important element of campus sustainability efforts and planning, with varying levels of commitment and institutionalization across campuses. This topic has a variety of focus areas within it, including food systems in the curriculum, student organizing and advocacy around the Real Food Challenge or other food initiatives, campus farms, and local purchasing for the dining hall. This webinar will offer stories and tips from students, chefs, dining directors, administrators, and non-profit staff who are advancing sustainable food systems on their campuses and in their regions. The practitioners will speak to their successes and lessons learned, and leave you with ideas that you can take back to your own campus.

December 14, 2017
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts for another fantastic end-of-the-year party! SBN is excited to host their annual fundraising event at the Center for Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave in Somerville, MA. This lively venue will provide the perfect backdrop for a true celebration of all things local. The Gala also features the 3rd Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Business of the Year Presentations where five businesses will be recognized for their work toward a local, green & fair economy!

Just Because Center Ithaca, NY 14850 •
January 9, 2018 6:00pm to March 6, 2018 6:00pm

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming is hosting its fifth annual Farm Business Planning Course! In this 9-week course you will learn to set goals, develop market strategies, and assess the feasibility of your business. This course also covers topics of equity and justice in the food system. The Farm Business Planning Course will be be held from Jan. 9 - March 6, 2018. For more information, and to register, please visit our website. http://groundswellcenter.org/farmertraining/businessplanning/

Pioneer Valley • January 10, 2018 (All day)

The 2018 Pioneer Valley Grows Forum will be a day of learning about the challenges of ongoing food systems projects in the Valley. Together we will provide feedback and support to those projects.

Worcester • January 13, 2018 (All day)

The day-long conference features a wide variety of workshops on many aspects of regenerative organic growing, food systems policy, and land management appropriate for growers and organizers of all scales.

Fairfield Farm at The Hotchkiss School, 11 Interlaken Rd, Lakeville, CT 06039 • January 20, 2018
11:00am to 6:00pm

Across the Northeast, prison horticulture projects are on the rise. Our work swells from national conversations around prison reform, fair food access, land care and vocational training, but our program models are local. As opportunistic educators, we find support where we can: from within departments of correction, nonprofits, and faith communities. Some practitioners have been at work for over a decade growing food with incarcerated people within the walls of state prisons and county jails. Others are in their first seasons of turning the soil, recruiting students, and understanding prison cafeteria policies.

January 28, 2018 (All day)

The Livestock Institute of Southern New England (TLI) is hosting the second Southern New England Livestock Conference at the Bristol County Agriculture High School in Dighton, MA.

Greater Boston •
February 1, 2018 (All day) to February 3, 2018 (All day)

Learn, grow, and connect with your peers from across the country and the world at The Food Project's Winter Institute from February 1 to 3, 2018. The Food Project's three-day Winter Institute is packed with activities, workshops, and engaging conversation that will teach you about youth development, sustainable urban and suburban agriculture models, food and social justice initiatives, and how to create more food secure communities.

Greater Boston Area, MA •
February 1, 2018 9:00am to February 3, 2018 5:00pm

Many people come to The Food Project during the summer and are inspired by the beautiful, healthy food, and highly motivated, diverse teens working with passion towards a common mission. It seems to flow effortlessly. The truth is, our summers are the complementary outcome of the other half of the year when 60 youth in Dirt Crew and Root Crew engage with each other, community members and volunteers on our urban and suburban farms and communities in the fall and winter seasons. The learning and actions are dynamic and “real-time” at hunger relief organizations, farmers’ markets, greenhouses, in workshops they facilitate, and in the powerful feedback sessions with their peers and supervisors. In the Winter Institute, we invite you into hands-on learning our models in conversation with Food Project youth and staff.

February 9, 2018 (All day)

Save the date February 9, 2018 for Maine's first Farm to Institution Summit at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, ME.

University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, ME 04915 • February 9, 2018
7:30am to 5:00pm

The 2018 Maine Farm to Institution Summit is organized by Maine Farm to Institution (MEFTI) and the Maine Farm to School Network (MF2SN) and builds on the previous success of the Maine Farm to School conferences.

Martin Institute at Stonehill College, 320 Washington St, Easton, MA • February 10, 2018
8:30am to 3:00pm

The Farm at Stonehill and Farm to Institution New England will host a one-day summit at The Martin Institute at Stonehill College to offer campus farmers the change to connect in person about what makes their farms successful.

Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main St, New London, New Hampshire 03257 • March 9, 2018
8:30am to 3:30pm

Join us for the 2018 Statewide Gathering, held this year at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. The Food Alliance remains focused on improving farm, fish, and food enterprise viability in New Hampshire, and therefore will offer a variety of workshops related to the work of the Action Teams and other Network Partners in the state.

March 10, 2018 3:00pm

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS WANTED for "ORGANICONN" – the 36th Annual CT NOFA Winter Conference on March 10, 2018 at Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT. * The snow date is Sunday, March 11, 2018 in the event of inclement weather and the university closes. Do you have …. an important lesson to share with local Farmers, Organic Food Fans, Homeowners, Gardeners, or Young People? If so, apply to be a Presenter at the Winter Conference!

Albuquerque, NM •
March 27, 2018 9:00am to March 30, 2018 5:00pm

The National Good Food Network (NGFN) was established by the Wallace Center a decade ago to bring all members of the value chain together to take healthy, fair, affordable and environmentally “green” food to scale, touching more lives in a positive way. In the last several years much of our effort has been supporting those businesses “in the middle” – food hubs – that connect the supply to the demand while maintaining a strong core of positive social and environmental values.

April 19, 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm

Summit includes a delicious breakfast and lunch, with other opportunities and surprises. Speakers at a recent Summit in New York City, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, included diverse voices such as Tom Colicchio, Kimbal Musk, Sam Kass, Dan Barber, Ruth Reichl, John Boyd, Jr., and three dozen more. All panels are moderated by major media, with past participation including journalists from National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vice, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, Fast Company, National Geographic, and dozens more. Food Tank is a non-profit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Cincinnati, OH •
April 26, 2018 9:00am to April 27, 2018 4:00pm

Save the date for the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference coming to Cincinnati, Ohio, April 26-27, 2018! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene more than 1,200 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America.

New Haven •
June 28, 2018 8:00am to June 30, 2018 5:00pm

Working Theme: Women, Intersectionality and Food Systems

Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, 155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510 •
June 28, 2018 8:00am to June 30, 2018 5:00pm

What’s the key ingredient to healthy communities? Women leading food system change. Women make up one of the fastest growing segments of new farmers today and we come from a long and deep history and tradition of cultivating the soil. This fresh crop of women farmers today find innovative ways to champion local agriculture and foster greater collaboration and cooperation, all based on an intentional intersectionality: we are all connected. Collectively, women “connect the dots” and improve the health of our environment, stimulate the economy, build a greater sense of community, and nurture a more vibrant food system. What does our future hold? How can we support more women cultivating these connections? Come celebrate the historic roots and inspiring stories of women farmers today — and in the future.