Farm to Plate Conference

The Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Local Food System

Schedule Dates: May 11 – 13, 2017

Location: Ithaca, NY and surrounding locations

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is pleased to announce “The Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Local Food System” which will take place on May 11-13, 2017 in Ithaca, NY and the surrounding areas.

The conference is a collaborative effort by Bloodroot Collective, CCE-Tompkins County, Groundswell Center, Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell, Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, community member and EVI resident Jay Smith, the Rainbow Healing Center, Tompkins County Food Policy Council and the Youth Farm Project. Additional collaborations are still underway.

The Farm to Plate Conference, originally conceptualized by community member, food producer and educator Damon Brangman, has a vision to honor our ancestors, the land and local farmers, to share knowledge and resources about food production, preparation and community-wide resilience strategies, and build sustainable campus/community relationships. Though still in development, the current goals of the conference are to bring together people who are a part of and influence our community’s food system from multiple sectors to:

  • Celebrate the vibrant food and farming culture of the region
  • Share knowledge to create equitable, sustainable pathways
  • Bring scholars and practitioners together with the community to better link theory with practice on the themes of agroecology, food justice, and general wellbeing
  • Explore ideas of collaboration and build a long-lasting network
  • Share and redistribute the abundance of resources in our community

 

Current Collaborators: Bloodroot Collective, Crooked Carrot, Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell, community member Jay Smith, Rainbow Healing Center, the Tompkins County Food Policy Council and the Youth Farm Project. The conference was originally conceptualized by Damon Brangman, and is being planned with support from these partnering organizations.

 

Tentative Schedule:  

  • Thursday evening – Keynote Speaker or Panel downtown
  • Friday Day – Focus to connect campus and in-town community (Possible in-town workshop: food and racism training) (Possible farm tours)
  • Friday Evening – In-town keynote, cooking competition or speaker panel
  • Saturday – Daytime – In town

Workshops and Conference Tracks (Topics such as health, sustenance, race & the food system and more.)

  • Saturday Afternoon/Evening – In-town Action Plenary

 

Want to get involved?

  • Call for Workshops! Submit an idea for a workshop, talk or panel discussion.  Proposals are being accepted until March 1. If selected, you will be notified by April 10.
  • Call for Papers! Submit an idea for a paper session. Proposals are being accepted until March 1. If selected, you will be notified by March 15th. If selected your paper may be submitted for publish in a special issue of a relevant scientific journal, such as Agriculture and Human Values or Ecology and Society. Full drafts of papers will be requested by conference organizers by May 5

The Farm to Plate Conference is funded in part by the Park Foundation, the Cornell Polson Institute for Global Development, the Cornell Einaudi Center for International Studies. In an effort to keep conference attendee costs low or zero, we welcome business sponsorship and individual donations. Donate now!