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Community Food Systems Conference Request for Proposal

Proposal Application Open: February 7, 2017

Proposals Due: April 3, 2017 at 11:5pm EST


Introduction

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture. We will provide space for conversations around promoting, facilitating, and supporting self-reliance; breaking down barriers to racial and economic justice; connecting communities to their food sources; and impacting communities at the local and regional level through sustainable land use, food production including fisheries and distribution. There is an urgent need to come together in the spirit of collaboration, progress and solidarity. Please join us to continue building strong leaders and self-reliant communities. 


The Community Food Systems Conference will take place December 5 - 7, 2017 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Join our e-list to stay informed about the event.


Presentation Priorities

This conference will address a variety of community food system topics. There are certain cross-cutting issues we believe are fundamental in community food systems and in building a strong, equitable food future. We hope to see these represented across all sessions.

  • Skill Building across cultures and sectors
  • Diversity of presenters
  • Racial, social and economic equity

Presentation Formats

  • Workshops: 90-minute interactive sessions that provide opportunities for significant audience participation. Slide presentations may be used, but are not required.
  • Lightning Talks: Lightning talks are brief, dynamic presentations (5 minutes maximum), similar to TED Talks, Ignite, etc. that force a tight focus. Lightning talks often include 15-20 highly visual slides and can provide a great opportunity to generate interest in your program, project or idea. More info.

Presentation Topics  

  • Food Production: fisheries, vegetable and animal husbandry management; challenges, opportunities and innovations in food production; urban and rural agriculture programs; land and resource access; ethical land ownership and sustainable agriculture; organic certification
  • Measuring and Reporting Impacts: guidance for developing clear project/program evaluation plans; health, economic, educational, social, environmental, production, food quality, (and other) impact measurements; engaging community in the evaluation process; capturing long-term outcomes and engaging ways to present information to diverse stakeholders
  • Policy/Advocacy: policy and advocacy on a local, regional, state, tribal and national level that impacts the ability of diverse actors to engage in food systems, from production through waste/surplus management; food policy councils and local food policy creation; new administration impacts on food policy and 2018 farm bill
  • Community Partnerships and Coalitions/Networks: innovative coalition building through partnerships and networks; community partnerships in building self-reliant communities; examples of developing strong partnerships, coalitions and networks
  • Movement Building in Food Systems: movement building within food systems, including threats that industrial food production poses for the environment, public health, animal welfare, social justice, and worker’s rights; intersection of food movement with other movements
  • Labor: farm and food production labor issues; health and safety; internships and apprenticeships employment status; worker wages; immigration issues
  • Youth Engagement: models of successful youth engagement; opportunities for youth leadership in community engagement; youth in the food system and food movement
  • Food Justice: economic, racial, and gender equity in the food system; healthy food access for everyone; immigrants and refugees in the food system; food literacy; addressing positive health outcomes
  • Social Enterprise in the Food System: commercial kitchens and food businesses; food hubs and aggregation; entrepreneurship as a tool for job training and self-reliance; mobile markets; co-ops; business incubators and financing options for social enterprises
  • Farm and Fish to All: farm and fish to school, farm and fish to early care and education, farm and fish to institution; local food/fish procurement; education/pedagogy; challenges and opportunities in farm and fish to all sourcing

Workshop Styles

  • Skill building: Provides attendees with more experiential learning, where outcomes focus on increasing proficiency
  • Panel: 3 or more panel members discuss a topic from their perspectives and expertise
  • Discussion based: Conversation and dialogue as opposed to lecture-style
  • Storytelling: A narrative and personal approach to the content
  • Community Food Projects presenters: Community Food Project grantees to share experiences, successes, and impacts on their local food system

Audience

The conference will bring together leaders in, and advocates of, food security, sustainable agriculture and social justice movements. We expect 500-600 attendees. Attendees will range in level of experience and familiarity with issues, so workshops should represent a wide range of levels.


Questions

For information or questions about the workshop proposal process, please contact Kristen Aldrich at kristen.aldrich@tufts.edu or Sarah Lambertson at sarah.lambertson@tufts.edu.


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