Community Food Systems Conference 2019
December 9-11, 2019 | Hyatt Regency Hotel, Savannah, GA
Hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association
Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
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The 2019 Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes of food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture across urban and rural environments and foster community empowerment to create resilient and equitable local food systems. We will convene in Savannah, Georgia to highlight and learn about food systems in the U.S. South while also drawing parallels to food systems across the country.
The conference is hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmer's Market Association (GFMA). The partners will build on the momentum of the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference and GFMA’s Food for Thought Conference.
About the 2019 Conference
We will provide space for conversations around promoting, facilitating, and supporting self-reliance; breaking down barriers to racial justice; connecting communities to their food sources; and impacting communities at local and regional levels through sustainable food production. We expect 500+ attendees from the fields of community food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture.
Check back soon for more information on keynote speakers, panel topics, pre-conference activities, and attendee scholarships.
“From 1997 to 2011, the Community Food Security Coalition held an annual conference, moving it from city to city. These events became the central gathering place for a cross-section of the food movement, with incredible energy and diversity. They transformed many people’s lives as they found their calling and inspiration in the food movement. The sense of collaborative hope and vision that they brought was missing for six years until New Entry hosted its community food systems event in Boston in 2017. This conference brought back the energy and excitement of the food movement. It created a space where attendees could forge new working relationships with their colleagues, learn new approaches, reunite old friends, or just problem solve together. For three days, we all felt part of something bigger than ourselves—a movement working toward a sustainable and just food system. I look forward to being in Georgia in 2019 where we can focus on how our efforts fit into a broader resistance agenda for social, economic and environmental justice.”
-Andy Fisher, Founderand former Director of the Community Food Security Coalition and author of Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups
About the 2019 Organizers
Sagdrina Jalal is the founding Executive Director of the Georgia Farmers Market Association: a state wide organization led by farmers, farmers market managers and other local food advocates. The Association has 160 members. GFMA seeks to support communities in growing healthy local food systems and foster pathways to equitable food access. GFMA emerged from a vision to strengthen the state’s farmers market infrastructure by shaping public policy, offering statewide representation, increasing whole food access and providing training and educational opportunities. GFMA enables markets to thrive, grow, and multiply and the organization includes Board representation from all constituencies and regions within the state.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve the local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, they provide critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry conducted the Community Food Systems Conference in Boston in December 2017.
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2016-33800-25610.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.