Conferences related to food systems and/or community development.

The Organic Confluences Summit is a two-day conference organized by The Organic Center. It is held in conjunction with Organic Trade Association's Organic Week in Washington, D.C. which includes Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days, OTA's Capitol Hill Reception, the Clif Bar fun run, and more.


More information about the summit can be found here.

Event Date 5/22/2017 9:00 am ET
Event End Date 5/23/2017 5:00 pm ET
Individual Price $669 when combined with OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days

The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) will host its twelfth annual assembly at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, May 27–30, 2017, in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


For more information, visit the site here.

Event Date 5/27/2017
Event End Date 5/30/2017
Individual Price Free

Left Forum 2017 
New York City
June 2-4, 2017

A.  The session on land justice is being presented by well-known COMFOODer, Eric Holt-Giminez.
B.  The folks presenting on monetary justice are addressing food-and-farm issues through the “parity agriculture” lens.  Collectively the presenters are not coming directly from the food-and-farm movement, but they do have some stake in that arena, most notably:
— Geraldine Perry is the author of Climate Change, Land Use, and Monetary Policy.   As a writer, she has studied Charles Walters work (founder of Acres USA) extensively.
— Sue Peters is one of the main contacts for Greens for Monetary Reform and is working with NORM Economics (National Organization for Raw Materials) to help get their message out to a larger public.
— Jean Giblette is the founder and owner of an herb farm in New York (High Falls Gardens).

The full conference costs $75 (sliding scale to $40).

Here’s more details on the sessions.

A.  Land Justice: Re-imagining land, food and the commons in the United States

SATURDAY June 3rd Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Panel:  Eric Holt-Giminez, Food First
Deetz Hartman, Mashpee Tribe
"Land Justice" is a collection of insightful essays from the front lines of the food justice struggle. This panel will feature presentations from four of the authors of this cutting edge book. In recent decades, the various strands of the food movement have made enormous strides in calling attention the many shortcomings and injustices of our food and agricultural system. Farmers, activists, scholars, and everyday citizens have also worked creatively to rebuild local food economies, advocate for food justice, and promote more sustainable, agroecological farming practices. However, the movement for fairer, healthier, and more autonomous food is continually blocked by one obstacle: land access. With prefaces from leaders in the food justice and family farming movements, the book opens with a look at the legacies of white-settler colonialism in the southwestern United States. Ultimately, the book makes the case that to move forward to a more equitable, just, sustainable, and sovereign agriculture system, the various strands of the food movement must come together for land justice.
B.  Resist the Money Power
3 sessions organized by Geraldine Perry
Sunday, June 4   10:00 AM
Sunday, June 4  12:00 PM
3.  A New Kind of Money (the NEED Act)
Sunday, June 4  3:40 PM
***If you can only attend one of the monetary policy events, I recommend #3 A New Kind of Money for more action-oriented folks.  In truth, however, we all need to learn all of this.
Event Date 6/2/2017
Event End Date 6/4/2017
Individual Price $75.00


A discussion on common concerns and action steps that can mobilize children to make healthy eating decisions in their cafeterias. See attatchment for details


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Sponsored by Harvard University and Let's TalK About Food. 

Event Date 6/7/2017
Individual Price scholarships available
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This is a joint conference held by the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and the Community Development Society (CDS). 


Find out more about the conference here.

Event Date 6/11/2017 12:00 pm ET
Event End Date 6/14/2017 12:00 pm ET
Individual Price Price varies. Can reference “CDS-NACDEP” to receive discounted rates for lodging