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Conference Watch – 4/6/11

April 6, 2011
by Melanie Cheng

Below are conferences recently announced on the COMFOOD list-serve.  There are of course many(!!) more than these taking place across the country, so here’s a start…

Ag 2.0
Monday-Tuesday, April 11-12, 2011
San Francisco, CA
Agriculture 2.0 is returning to the Bay Area for two full days of insight and analysis, “investment-ready” opportunities, breakthroughs in new technology, and access to a network of innovators and investors committed to funding the future of sustainable agriculture.

Small Farm Summit
Friday, April 15, 2011
Old Westbury, NY
Long Island revives its history as a small farm community to keep stride with the nation’s thriving local food movement. This first annual Small Farm Summit will bring together interested citizens and regional organizations for a day of talks and interactive workshops about eating locally and preserving local farmland. Presented by the Long Island Small Farm Initiative.

The Mid-Atlantic Conference for Start-up Food Co-ops
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
Learn more about starting a food co-op or how to take the next steps in the one you’ve been developing. Presented by Mid-Atlantic Food Co-op Alliance, Keystone Development Center, Food Co-op Initiative, CDS Consulting Co-op, and Weavers Way Co-op.

UDC 2011 International Urban Sustainability Summit
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Washington, DC
Featuring 2008 MacArthur Fellow and Green innovator, Will Allen – Founder of“Growing Power”.  Join the gathering of experts, scholars, professionals, organizational leaders and members of the community interested in exchanging information and ideas about fair and equal access to healthy food options in the urban environment. Presented by the University of the District of Columbia.

Making Good Food Work
Tuesday-Thursday, April 19-21, 2011
Detroit, MI
A three-day participatory conference and incubation laboratory designed to develop innovative solutions and document best practices for distributing local and regional food, with a focus on underserved communities.

Local Sustainable Meat & Poultry: Making the Shift in Institutional Purchasing
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Clarksville, Maryland
This regional conference will bring together a wide variety of key stakeholders to address the barriers, identify solutions and share cost-effective strategies for establishing new institutional purchasing practices of local sustainable beef, pork and poultry. Presented by Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment.

Food Policy from Neighborhood to Nation
Saturday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2011
Portland, OR
Food policy is on the agenda of policymakers from cities, counties, and states across the nation.  This conference will bring together elected officials, government staff, academics and advocates for three days of networking, peer-to-peer learning, and skill building.  Additionally, conference attendees will participate in the formation of a national Food Policy Network. Presented by the Community Food Security Coalition.

Food and Agriculture under the Big Sky:  People, Partnerships and Policies
Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12, 2011
Missoula, MT
Announcing the Joint 2011 Annual Meetings of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. Presented by University of Montana (UM), Montana State University (MSU), and allied organizations and agencies.

Food for Thought: Food System Literacy in Classrooms, Cafeterias and Communities
Thursday-Friday, June 16-17, 2011
Simsbury, CT
A 2-day conference for educators, school administrators, food service providers, community organizers and more, to advance food system literacy in schools and communities around the nation, on June 16 and 17, 2011, at Walker’s campus in Simsbury, CT. This national conference features keynote speakers Frances Beinecke EWS ’67, President of the NRDC, Author and Environmentalist Bill McKibben, President of Sustainable Food Systems John Turenne, plus over 15 important workshops and field excursions. Presented by the Ethel Walker School.

International Public Markets Conference
Cleveland, OH
The 3-day event, planned for September or October of 2012, will bring together over 300 participants including noted planners and designers, accomplished market managers, and visionary leaders in a unique opportunity to focus together on the past, present and future of markets worldwide. Presented by Project for Public Spaces.

2011 Sustainable Ag. Conference
Friday-Sunday, November 11-13, 2011
Durham, NC
Great conversations and networking with people committed to making local, sustainable farms and food thrive. Workshops taught by experts in the field, farm tours and exhibit halls.  Presented by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

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