It Takes a Region Conference

Save the date! Our 2021 It Takes a Region Conference will be held online, the week of Monday, November 8th to Saturday, November 13th with select pre-conferences happening in Providence, RI. 

Our Conference Theme is Resistance and Healing Amidst Crisis and Injustice. These past 13 months have challenged us in ways many couldn’t have imagined with multiple, intersecting crises that have laid bare and deepened the injustices BIPOC and frontline communities have always dealt with and provided  ominous warning for climate change and other catastrophes that lay ahead. In this time of significant uncertainty mixed with tentative hope, we believe that the work of creating a sustainable, equitable and just farm and food system for all means that we must listen to the entire story.  We need to hear the struggles, particularly the least visible ones, how we rise to meet them, and most importantly, what we can learn from all of it. Read more about our theme here.

Our Conference RFP is now closed- if you submitted a session, you will be notified by mid-August whether your session was accepted. Our Youth RFP will be launching soon so keep an eye out for that. Learn more about the RFP here

Our annual conference is widely regarded as the conference for anyone doing food system change work in any Northeast state. Hundreds of practitioners convene not only workshops, plenaries, and networking, but to roll up their sleeves and do the real work needed to create a just and fair regional food system. Youth, academics, farmers, advocates, entrepreneurs, and organizers all find a home at NESAWG.

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"What surprised me about the NESAWG conference is the number of attendees who were womxn or people of color.  As a woman of color, I usually find myself in the minority at food system and ag-related events, so it was refreshing to see my community being embraced. I also appreciated that we were being centered in the event by our inclusion in plenary sessions and was delighted by the acknowledgement that we were on Lenni Lenape land. None of this would have been possible for me without the scholarship and free childcare that NESAWG provided."

- Asiyah, #NESAWG2019 attendee 





“NESAWG 2019 was a lit experience for me, I was able to not only grow more as a facilitator, but I was able to continue learning more about the urban agricultural work as well as the amazing community involved. As we shared our experiences with each other, I felt our connection continuing to grow and felt so relieved and excited to see that I wasn’t alone in this fight. I have a whole community behind my back and it they only make me feel stronger in this fight to reclaim our land.”

- Tommy, VietlLead youth leader & facilitator at #NESAWG2019










  • Getting it done in youth workshops
    Getting it done in youth workshops
  • NESAWG Executive Director, Tracy Lerman
    NESAWG Executive Director, Tracy Lerman
  • Chief Vincent Mann of the Ramapough Lenape Turtle Clan
    Chief Vincent Mann of the Ramapough Lenape Turtle Clan
  • NESAWG staff - Tracy, Malaika, Nicole
    NESAWG staff - Tracy, Malaika, Nicole
  • Stephanie Morningstar
    Stephanie Morningstar
  • Plenary speakers - Heber, Stephanie, Chief Mann
    NESAWG Board Member Heber Brown, Stephanie Morningstar, and Chief Vincent Mann
  • NESAWG Board member, Lindsay Gilmour
  • Food Justice Timeline youth workshop
  • Making friends
  • Working at the Policy pre-conference
  • Meeting friends
  • Youth facilitating workshops
  • NESAWG Board member, Onika Abraham
  • Big ideas at Policy pre-confernece
  • Newark Urban Farm Tour
  • Mark Winston Griffith
  • Brainstorming at the Policy pre-conference