2016 Spring Networking & Training Retreat

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May 6, 2016 7:00pm to May 7, 2016 4:30pm


Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI


The New England Grassroots Environment Fund

COST: Friday PEP Talks Live: $15/person; Saturday Retreat: $25 / person (this includes keynote speaker, breakfast, and lunch)

Big thanks to the Rhode Island Foundation and Island Foundation for their generous support of the Spring RootSkills Retreat!

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On the evening of Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, along with many partners and grantee groups, will be hosting two distinct but related events highlighting and supporting grassroots environmental and equity action in Providence, RI.

On Saturday from 9AM - 4:30PM, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, we invite you and your fellow community leaders and organizers to the Grassroots Fund's:

2016 Spring RootSkills Retreat

Join the New England Grassroots Environment Fund for a day of energizing, learning, and connecting. Keynote speaker, Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, will join us for a passionate and reflective conversation about the work of Soul Fire Farm and the Black farming community to advance food sovereignty.

  • EXPLORE concrete strategies to work together as allies to undo racism in the food system featuring:

Keynote Speaker - Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm (see full description, here)

  • BUILD tangible skills to bring back to your community and organization.

Choose from THREE exciting workshops tracks!

Track 1: When You Know Who You Are, You Will Know What to Do.
Track 2: Family and Youth Engagement through Community Gardening
Track 3: Fundraising Essentials for Grassroots Organizations​

On Friday evening from 7PM - 8:30PM (networking/registration begins at 6:15PM and folks are welcome to stay until 9:30PM for informal discussion) the Grassroots Fund invites you to:

PEP Talks LIVE (People-Energizing-People): Grassroots Perspectives on Reimagining Equity and Access

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Workshop Tracks

If you have any questions about Saturday’s retreat or the Friday evening ‘PEP Talk’, please contact Ally Philip at [email protected] or 603-905-9915.

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