First Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

The First Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference will take place next Saturday, November 19-21st at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. The focus of the conference is to “forge food, farming and policy solutions for the Black Community.” According to the website, issues to be addressed are food insecurity in Black neighborhoods, malnourishment, childhood obesity and the crisis of Black farming. The Keynote speaker for the event will be Will Allen, founder of Growing Power, a nonprofit organization in Milwaukee support people “and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.”

Saturday workshops on the program include: “Designing Linkages between Upstate Farmers and Downstate Food Desert Communities”, “Undoing Racism in the Food System: Lessons from the Detroit Struggle” and “Urban Farming as a Framework for Holistic Community Development. ”

Free childcare will be provided!

Note: the Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference is open to ALL people. No matter your race, if you’re interested in issues of inequality and injustice in our food system and agriculture, please come and engage!

Photo:  Will Allen, Founder of “Growing Power”



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