Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 11th

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

5:30 – 6:00 PM – Registration
6:00 – 7:00 PM – Dinner (Suggested Donation: $10)
6:30 – 8:30 PM – Food Justice and Public Policy: A Panel Discussion with:

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

Friday, May 12th

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

8:30 AM – Registration and Refreshments
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,
  • 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 Allison 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, Land access and Ownership, Food Recovery/ Waste and more!
11:45 – 12:15 PM – Roundtable Report Backs
12:15 – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Suggested Donation: $10)
1:00 – 2:00 PM – Keynote Talk: Raj Patel, Award Winning Writer, Activist and Academic
2:00 – 5:00 PM – Farm Tours! TBA

Friday, May 12th

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

5:30 – 6:30 PM – Farm to Plate Dinner: Fundraiser for Roots Rising Farm
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Ceremony Honoring Our Elders
7:30 – 9:00 PM – Keynote Talk: Malik Yakini, Director, Detroit Black Food Security Coalition
9:00 – 9:30PM – Musical Performance

Saturday, May 13th

BJM Elementary School, 302 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca and GIAC
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

9:00 – 9:15 AM – Welcoming Remarks and Libations
9:20 – 10:50 AM – Workshops/Paper Sessions
11:00 – 12:30 PM – Workshops/Paper Sessions
12:30 – 1:30 PM – Lunch: Food for Sale from Vendors and Farm to Plate Cooking Demonstrations
1:40 – 3:10 PM – Workshops/Paper Sessions
3:15 – 4:30 PM – Action Planning
4:30 – 5:00 PM – Report Backs and Closing Remarks