Conferences related to food systems and/or community development.

Conference Topic: Building a Common Pathway Towards Food Sovereignty


From April to August of 2018, the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) is organizing four regional assemblies to discuss a national agenda for food sovereignty in the United States. The Northeast Regional Assembly will be held in Amherst, MA from August 9th thru 10th.



To learn more about the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, please visit our website at



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Event Date 8/9/2018
Event End Date 8/10/2018
Individual Price Free

Place-Based Food Systems 2018: Making the Case, Making it Happen


Metro Vancouver, August 9-10th, 2018


This two-day conference will draw together academics and community leaders to share the latest research and action, building a capacity for place-based food systems. Participants will leave fortified with knowledge and understanding of the latest and best work making the case for place-based food systems, as well as innovative practices putting place-based food systems into action.  The event aims to give participants an empowering vision of the critical role that place-based food systems can and will play in achieving our sustainable economic, ecological, and societal futures, as well as a revitalized dedication to strategic, collaborative, and forceful strategies moving forward. 



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Conference proceedings will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD).



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Event Date 8/9/2018
Event End Date 8/10/2018
Individual Price Various rates (Early Bird, Standard/Reduced Registration)

44th NOFA Summer Conference: Honoring our Roots, Tending our Future


During the weekend of August 10-12, 2018 we will gather again at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts for the 44th Annual NOFA SC. This immersive annual gathering is an opportunity to come together as the regional organic community from the seven NOFA states – NY, NJ, VT, MA, RI, NH, CT. The conference is a three day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism that makes up the work of our NOFA chapters.


This year’s conference program is woven with workshops and activities that will pay homage to the agricultural wisdom that has been instructive to us through the ages. We will celebrate the wisdom of the rich indigenous agricultural past that has provided the basis of the organic movement and the ecologically based practices we have used to be successful.


Our keynote speakers, Rowen White and Eric Holt-Giménez, are two very passionate, ambitious educators, both working diligently to share their knowledge and experience with small agricultural communities.


Event Date 8/10/2018 6:30 am ET
Event End Date 8/12/2018 3:30 pm ET
Registration Start Date 6/12/2018
Individual Price Varies (early bird specials, scholarships, work exchange opportunities)
Healthy Eating in Practice Conference
Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
Aug. 26-29, 2018

Healthy Eating in Practice ( is a hands-on conference for healthcare professionals and advocates to better support healthy eating. Grounded in experiential learning, this national conference will equip attendees with practical skills and approaches that work in the day-to-day reality of healthcare. In addition to presentations by leading practitioners, researchers, and policy experts, attendees will visit area farms and participate in cooking workshops.  

The conference is presented by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, in partnership with Duke University World Food Policy Center, University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Mountain Area Health Education Center.

Register at Early-bird discounts available through June 30. Special rates are available for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, CHES, and dietitian/nutritionists.

Speaker Highlights


-Keynote address by Daphne Miller, M.D., author of Farmacology

-William H. Dietz, M.D., Chair of the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University

-Kelly D. Brownell, Director of the Duke World Food Policy Center

-Nimali Fernando, M.D., The Doctor Yum Project

Continuing Education


-CME – up to 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits

-CNE – up to 19.5 contact hours accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center

-Dietitian/Nutritionists – 19.5 CPEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

-CHES – up to 19.5 hours Category I hours, approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Contact Sarah Hart (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 828-236-1282) with any questions.


Event Date 8/26/2018
Event End Date 8/29/2018
Individual Price Varies (early registration, special rates)

Title: 8th Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners (BUGS) National Conference
Date: October 19 - 21, 2018
Location: North Carolina Central University; Durham, North Carolina


Now accepting workshop proposals. More information can be found here.


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Event Date 10/19/2018
Event End Date 10/21/2018
Individual Price Free
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