2014 Pre-Conference Sessions

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People of Color Caucus | Keynote Speaker Jim Hightower 


Monday, November 10, 2014

The Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY
1:00 – 5:00 PM

  • The Third Annual Policy Leaders Roundtable
    Attendees discussed agendas and strategies for collaborative efforts in the federal policy arena and began developing a federal policy agenda to benefit the Northeast. 
  • Institutional Procurement Leaders Roundtable: Farms, Food Hubs and Supply Chains 
    This invitation-only roundtable discussion focus regional leaders on challenging issues of values, scale, integrity and pragmatism in engaging diverse supply chains to meet the large and growing institutional demand for more regional, sustainable and just food.  Designed to inspire deep thinking about approaches, successes and conundrums, dialogue among a small group of practitioners was guided by case studies and probing questions.  
  • Community News Project
    (This session goes from 2:00pm-5:00pm)
    This strategy session focused on a new, Northeast region-wide project to deliver our stories to the press and our political reps with Ruth Katz, Coordinator, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) and Onika Abraham, Communications, NESAWG.
  • Society of Environmental Journalists Meet-up

5:30 – 7:00 PM

  • People of Color Caucus
    This reception and discussion of race and equity issues in the food system was open to those who identify as people of color.  


7:00 – 8:30 PM

  • Mentor-Mentee Gathering
    Attendees shared mentoring and leadership stories and enjoyed informal networking.