Featuring Raj Patel, Karen Washington, Malik Yakini, Hannah Wittman

Conference Schedule

*Farm to Plate SHORT Program, without Abstracts (pdf download)*

*Farm to Plate LONG Program, with Abstracts and Descriptions (pdf download)*

Thursday, May 11th

Africana Center, Cornell University, 310 Triphammer Road Ithaca, 
5:30PM – 8:30PM

5:30 – 7:00PM Registration & Food Justice and Public Policy: A Panel Discussion
7:00 – 8:30 PM – Dinner (Suggested Donation: $10)

Featured Panelists

  • Malik Yakini, Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
  • Karen Washington, Rise and Root Farm
  • Rafael Aponte, Rocky Acres Community Farm
  • Jamila Simon, Civic Engagement Specialist

Moderated by Noliwe Rooks, Interim chair and associate professor, Africana Studies, Cornell university and Bobby Smith II, PhD Candidate, Development Sociology, Cornell University.

Friday, May 12th

The Space at Greenstar, 700 West Buffalo Street Ithaca
8:30AM – 5:00 PM

8:30 AM – Registration and Refreshments provided by Greenstar Cooperative Market and Organic Valley Farm 
8:45 AM – Cayuga Nation Opening Welcome  & Honoring Ceremony
9:00-10:30 AM – Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Sustainability: Challenges and Possibilities: A Panel Discussion with:

  • Raj Patel, Writer, Activist and Research Professor, University of Texas at Austin,
  • Ernesto Mendez, Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont,
  • Hannah Wittman, Academic Director, Center for Sustainable Food Systems, University of British Columbia,
  • Thor Oechsner,  Organic grain farmer, Oechsner Farms, Co-Owner, Farmer Ground Flour,
  • Erica Frenay, Program Manager, Cornell Small Farms Program, and Owner/Operator, Shelterbelt Farm

Moderated by Sunny Power, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University

10:30 – 10:45 AM – Break
10:45 – 11:45 AM – Roundtables Discussions on the topics of: Food Policy, Urban Agriculture, Educational Farms/Gardens, Food movements, Food Recovery/ Waste and more!
11:45 – 12:15 PM – Roundtable Report Backs
12:15 – 1:00 PM – Lunch  Provided by GreenStar Cooperative Market
1:00 – 2:00 PM – Keynote Talk: “Reparation Ecology” with Raj Patel, Award Winning Writer, Activist and Academic
2:00 – 5:00 PMFarm Tours!  (registration required)
2:00 — 3:30 PMPaper Session One, Knowledge, Farming & Food Paper Politics and Action
3:30 – 5:00 PMWorkshop Session One & Documentary Film Screening, Food Movements

Friday Evening, May 12th

BJM Elementary School, 302 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca
5:30PM – 9:30PM

5:30 – 6:30 PMTastes of Culture Dinner: Fundraiser for Roots Rising Farm
6:30 – 8:00PM – Live Music and Ceremony Honoring Our Elders
8:00PM – 9:30 PM – Keynote Talk: Malik Yakini, Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Q & A

Saturday, May 13th

BJM Elementary School, 302 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca and GIAC
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
All daytabling for organizations, small business and food vendors + outdoor kids activities with Primitive Pursuits (9am – 12pm) for ages 4-12 years and Cooking with Kids Workshop (1 – 2pm) (Laura).

8:45AM – 9:00 AM – Welcome & Registration
9:00 – 10:30 AMWorkshops & Paper Session Two 
10:45 -12:15 PM – Workshops & Paper Sessions Three 
11:00 – 12:00 PM – Samples of Culinary Cultures with Coalition for Healthy School Food
11:00 – 2:00 PM – Food & Vendors
1:00 – 2:30 PM Workshops & Paper Sessions Four 
3:00- 4:30 PM – Action Planning