2017 Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference Workshop Proposal Form
2017 CONFERENCE THEME: “Rooted and Rising: Black Southern Land Legacies of Resistance & Resilience"


Call for workshop proposals! (WORKSHOP PROPOSAL DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED!)
2017 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners (BUGS) Conference
November 10 - 12, 2017
Atlanta, GA

***DEADLINE FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS: AUGUST 18, 2017 OR until workshop slots have been filled.
APPLY SOON! ***

***Part of BUGs mission is to cultivate Black leadership in the movement for food justice and food sovereignty, we require that at least one facilitator in your workshop be a person of African descent.***

Black Urban Growers (BUGs) is excited to announce we are now accepting presentation/workshop proposals for our 2017 Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference! This is our 7th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners National Conference.


Since 2010 we’ve been creating a space for black urban and rural farmers, chefs, foodies, food product makers, food business owners, nutritionists, herbalists, food justice activists, educators, policy makers and everyday citizens to come together and share innovative ideas, projects, and best practices for reclaiming and reshaping our food system.


2017 BUGS Conference Theme Tracks:


- Rooted - (history and traditions)
Asks us to dig deep and ground ourselves in the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors, to create a space of honor and shared value for our ancestors and their traditions. We invite you to share beliefs, values and best practices from our elders.


- Rising (In) (trans local connections) - Calls for current food systems strategies that empower, liberate, connect, and re-form bonds that define our communities. We invite proposals that speak to these lessons as well as symbiotic relationships and the many ways we form bonds with the land (SOILdarity), with each other, and across geographies. land and land seeker, beginning and seasoned growers, the urban with the rural.


*Reimagine - Inspired by Afro-Futurism and Abolition, we invite proposals that imagine our liberated future selves, and environments as we relate to and curate our African diasporic foodways and the future of Black farming.


* Re-Construction (sustainable strategies) - Although we always encourage interactive workshops we also offer a specific skillshare track that allows for work on the land, and other hands-on urban/ rural agriculture, nutrition, health & wellness, cooking education and other related workshops: Examples of workshops & content could be the following, but not limited to:

Soil health and fertilizers -soil nutrients 101, building soil, composting, vermiposting, microbial & fermented DIY fertilizers, mycelium and fish emulsion use.

Preparing for Market- Selling your produce at farmers markets, preparing produce for wholesale markets, vending, juicing and value-added product making

Designing for the future-agroecology and the land, Funking Permaculture, The Art of Afroecology

Steps to owning or leasing land for farming

Building Self-Reliant Communities

Health and Well-Being

Farmer-to-Farmer

Food Policy and Action Planning

From Seed to Table

Sustainable Agriculture - skill-building workshops i.e. hoop house construction, hydroponics, aquaponics etc.

The Black **Urban** Farmer: The specific needs, challenges of black urban farmers and the solutions black urban farmers address in the community

Food Entrepreneurship

For more **detailed** workshop submission guidelines and online application, please click on the link below. To download the proposal form or submit your proposal online, clink the link:

https://bugs.nationbuilder.com/proposal_guidelines

If you have additional questions including need-based support for workshop facilitators (subject to availability), please send an email to BUGS at rginyard1@gmail.com.



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