It Takes a Region Conference

Our 2020 Conference has been cancelled. Please join our Sankofa Series Webinars, starting september 2020. We hope to be with you in 2021 in Providence, RI.

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.

Explore our most recent conference, read the full 2018 conference report, and join our newsletter for regular updates.



"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 

















“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, @vietlead youth leader & facilitator at #NESAWG2019





Thank you to our generous 2019 sponsors! Please email Tracy Lerman at [email protected] if you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 conference


  • 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