U.S. Food Conferences
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Event NameMonth usually heldLocationWebsiteDescriptionContact Information
American Community Gardening Assoc.AugustSan Francisco, CAhttp://communitygarden.org/learn/training/annual-conference/index.php"Community Gardening On the Cutting Edge"info@communitygarden.org
Ancestral Health Symposium AugustCambridge, MAhttp://ancestryfoundation.org/
Assoc. for Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and Ag Food and Human Values (AFHVS)JuneNYC- at NYU and the New School "Global Gateways and Local Connections: Cities, Agriculture, and the Future of Food Systems"
Annual joint meeting that explores themes related to food, culture, agriculture and sustainability
Childhood Obesity ConferenceJune 18–20, 2013Long Beach, CA
CoFED (Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive) National ConvergenceTBA (June)TBAchristine@cofed.org
Community Food Security CoalitionTBATBA
CT NOFA Winter ConferenceMarchCThttp://ctnofa.org/winterconference/index.html
Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises ConferenceJulyhttp://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/smallfarmsThe Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference will be held July 27- 29, 2012 in Kissimee, Florida. The purpose of the annual conference is to provide farmers with up-to-date, research-based, in-depth educational information. The conference aims to facilitate solutions-based collaboration by encouraging networking and an open dialog among members of Florida’s small farms community.sakelly@ufl.edu
Food & Entrepreneurship Conference, La CocinaAugustSan Francisco, CAhttp://www.sfstreetfoodfest.com/conference.phpThe Food and Entrepreneurship Conference is a celebration of the faces, spaces, policies and technologies and the way they all come together to create a vibrant environment where food businesses can grow and thrive - bringing economic development and jobs to communities everywhere.Annaliese DeNooyer, annaliese@lacocinasf.org
Food as MedicineJuneWashington, DC areahttp://www.cmbm.org/professional-trainings/food-as-medicine/
Food Day OctoberNational
Food Security SummitOctober 20-21, 2014Corvallis, ORhttp://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/2014hungersummit/The Oregon Hunger Task Force, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, Oregon Food Bank and OSU invite you to the 2014 Food Security Summit. We are bringing together Oregonians from across the state to assess current conditions, create solutions, and take action. The Summit will showcase the most up-to-date knowledge and approaches to ending hunger, and provide opportunities for Oregonians to contribute through group discussions.

This event is meant for state, county, and community leaders, advocates, non-profit groups, emergency food providers, producers, public agency workers, the media, students and educators.
Food Workers and Food Justice June (2012)NY, NYhttp://foodworkersandjustice.eventbrite.com/NOT A RECURRING CONFERENE. The FCWA will release the first-ever comprehensive report on the current state of food workers in the US. Will also feature a panel on current policy initiatives in NYC around good food and good jobs in the food system. Workshops around the policy recommendations and hands-on learning sessions to build a sustainable food system with sustainable jobs for the workers.
Good Food Festival & ConferenceMarch 13-15, 2014 (annually in March)UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, ILwww.goodfoodfestivals.comThe Good Food Festival & Conference, produced by FamilyFarmed.org, is a trade show, financing, and food policy conference, and celebration of local and responsibly produced food. The purpose of the event is to link local farmers and family-owned producers of food and farm products with the public, trade buyers and leaders in the field to foster relationships that facilitate the growth of local food systems.info@familyfarmed.org
Growing Power’s National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference/ GFJI GatheringSeptemberMilwaukee, WI.www.growingpowerfarmconference.orginternational conference small farms in urban and rural areas.
Hazon Food ConferenceAugust?www.hazon.org
http://www.cmbm.org/professional-trainings/food-as-medicine/AugustSan Francisco, CAforthcoming " "La Cocina
IATP's Food + Justice = DemocracySeptemberMinneapolis, Minnesotahttp://www.iatp.org/event/food-justice-democracy-0This national meeting is a call to action for activists, urban farmers, food system workers, immigrant rights advocates, and anyone seeking to explore community-driven solutions to promote food equity through the lens of race, class and gender.
James Beard ConferenceOctoberNew York, NYhttp://www.jbffoodconference.org/
A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust
Michigan Good Food SummitJuneLansing, Mich.www.michiganfood.org/index.php?id=171Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (formerly C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems)
National Association of College & University Food Service (NACUFS) Northeast Regional ConferenceMarch 18-21, 2015Providence, RIhttps://www.nacufs.org/regions-northeast/ne-regional-conference/
National Farm to Cafeteria ConferenceApril 2014 (every other year)Austin, TXfarmtocafeteriaconference.orgThe National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up will convene a diverse group of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America.conference@farmtoschool.org
National Farm to Cafeteria ConferenceAugust -every other yearBurlington, VThttp://www.foodsecurity.org/events.htmlThe 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will showcase innovative and effective strategies for connecting schools and colleges with local farms.
National Young Farmers ConferenceDecemberStone Barns - Tarrytown, NYhttp://www.stonebarnscenter.org/our-work/young-farmers-initiative/young-farmers-conference/nenaj@stonebarnscenter.org
New Partners for Smart Growth Conference: Healthy Food SystemsFebruary 13-15, 2014Denver, COhttp://newpartners.org/program/healthy-food-systemsThis half-day workshop will explore local and regional food systems through the lens of smart growth. Learn more about building the capacity of local governments to engage in food system development, including strategies for environmental and policy change at the local and regional level. Representatives from community organizations, planners, local elected officials and businesses will share how they’re forging partnerships and identifying resources to increase access to healthy, affordable food for all while also creating economic opportunities and promoting responsible land use. Take away inspiration from innovative models and practical guidance about the process, tools, funding, resources and, ultimately, implementation that can support work in your own communities.
North American Biodynamic ConferenceNovember - every other year (Nov 13-16, 2014)Location rotates - 2014 in Louisville, KYhttps://www.biodynamics.com/conferenceThe North American Biodynamic Conference is the foremost event for biodynamic education, networking, and community building on the continent. Every other year, hundreds of farmers, gardeners, educators, activists, and interested newcomers gather in a new region for inspiring keynotes, informative workshops, networking, exhibits, entertainment, and organic and biodynamic foods. info@biodynamics.com
Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT- Getting Started In Organic Farming Conference1/18/2014Goodwin College, East Hartford, CThttp://ctnofa.org/events/Getting%20Started/2014_getting_started_conference_page.htmlCT NOFA's annual Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference helps aspiring organic farmers develop successful farming careers. This event teaches the basics of developing and running an organic operation to both brand new farmers and farmers who are established but want to switch to organic. Attendees have access to valuable support and resources as well as a unique opportunity to interact with knowledgeable experts and established farmers.stephanie@ctnofa.org
Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference1/15/2014-1/18/2014Mobile Convention Center, Mobile ALhttp://ssawg.org/january-2014-conference/The 23rd annual Southern SAWG conference is for serious organic and sustainable producers, farm to school participants, urban farmers or those interested in creating more vibrant community food systems. The event offers informative pre-conference courses and field trips, practical conference sessions, networking, trade show, Taste of Alabama event and more. Each year, participants go home with information to use immediately to improve their operations. Schedule available at www.ssawg.org or email media@ssawg.org to request a brochure.media@ssawg.org
School Nutrition AssociationJulyDenver, COhttp://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_ANC2012.aspx?id=15698
Society for Nutrition EducationJulyWashington DChttp://www.sneb.org/documents/2012_marketing_guide.pdf
The Future of Food and Nutrition3/29/2014Boston, MA (Tufts)http://studentconference.nutrition.tufts.edu/The 8th Annual Future of Food and Nutrition Student Research Conference is a unique venue for graduate students across disciplines and from around the country to submit and present original research relating to the food system and nutrition science.studentconference@tufts.edu
UVM Food Systems Summit: Leading the Necessary [r]Evolution for Sustainable Food SystemsJuneBurlington, VThttp://www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=summit.html&SM=submenus/summitsubmenu.htmlAt the core of our work is the question “How can we create regional food systems that are viable alternatives to the conventional one that exists now?” The Food Systems Summit at the University of Vermont will convene a dynamic and diverse group of people through conferences, courses, and events this summer to discuss and plan strategies that address this issue. http://www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=inquire.html
Woodlands Homesteading ConferenceJuneThe Mountain Institute, Spruce Knob, WVwww.mountain.org/festivalPromoting Community Sufficiency in the Allegheny Highlands: Join us for skills workshops, a local farm dinner and rowdy square dancing!egutierrez@mountain.org
Yale Food Systmes SymposiumOctoberNew Haven, CThttp://yalefoodsymposium.org/October 18 & 19, 2013, Yale University will host a Food Systems Symposium. The symposium is organized by the student Coalition on Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFÉ) in Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, in partnership with the Yale Sustainable Food Project. Many partners and sponsors have contributed to make this event possible, rounding out an exciting season of food-related dialog, gathering, and celebration at Yale.
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