Registration Now Open! Farm to Plate Conference, May 11-13
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Registration Now Open! Farm to Plate Conference, May 11-13

Featuring Keynote Speakers Raj Patel, Malik Yakini, Karen Washington & more!

Ithaca, NY— Roots Rising Farm, Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, and the Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Finger Lakes Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable and Equitable Local Food System.

Taking place on May 11-13, 2017 in Ithaca, NY, the “Farm to Plate” conference was originally conceptualized by Damon Brangman, founder of Roots Rising Farm. The vision of the conference is to bring together people from multiple sectors of the community to collectively develop strategies towards creating resilience in the local food system. The goals are to:

  • Honor and celebrate diverse farming traditions, the abundance of the Finger Lakes region, and local farmers
  • Share knowledge on the topics of food production and preparation, gardening, and social justice
  • Collaborate to create a sustainable local food network through equitable sharing of resources
  • Develop stronger campus/community relationships through discussion on themes of health, food justice & agroecology

The conference will include workshops, paper sessions, farm tours, cooking demonstrations, and keynote talks by Malik Yakini, Director of the Detroit Black Food Security Coalition, Karen Washington, Co-owner of Rise and Root Farm, Raj Patel, Award Winning Activist, Academic and Author, Hannah Wittman, Director of the Center for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of British Columbia and more!

View the Conference Schedule Here

Register Here

Collaborators include: CCE-Tompkins County, GreenStar Community Projects,Tompkins County Food Policy Council, and the Youth Farm Project

The Farm to Plate Conference is generously funded in part by Engaged Cornell, Cornell Polson Institute for Global Development, and the Cornell Einaudi Center for International Studies, Park Foundation, the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences and the Sustainable Tompkins Mini-Grant Council. In an effort to keep conference attendee costs low or zero, we welcome local business sponsorships and individual donations. Donate now!

The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is project of the not-for-profit Center for Transformative Action. Support for Groundswell comes from individuals and businesses who believe in the importance of a strong local food system, and from the Park Foundation and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program under grant #11674923. For more information visit

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