Conferences related to food systems and/or community development.

This event is hosted by the CTHG (Closing the Hunger Gap) National Network and Northwest Harvest, Washington's own statewide hunger relief agency. 


Learn more about the event here.

Event Date 9/11/2017
Event End Date 9/13/2017
Individual Price Free



Northwest Harvest is hosting the national Closing the Hunger Gap 2017 conference: From Charity to Solidarity. 



Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, Tacoma, WA 



Make sure to check out our pre-conference tour and training options, and consider joining us at the conference reception at the Museum of Glass!



Register Here!



Early bird tickets on sale! Save $40 when you register by August 1!



Our three-day conference will introduce you to new ideas, people, and strategies to solve hunger for good. Hear from leading speakers such as Malik Yakini and Beatriz Beckford about dismantling racial and economic disparities in our food system and leave with practical solutions you can implement as soon as you get back to the office.






Event Date 9/11/2017
Event End Date 9/13/2017
Individual Price Price Varies. Click link to see more info


Are you interested in how race and class affect the hunger relief system? Do you want your organization to adopt more social justice strategies? Then join us at the 2017 Closing the Hunger Gap conference coming up in September. 



This two-day national conference is focused on moving hunger relief organizations toward strategies that promote social justice and address the root causes of hunger. This year's conference will be focusing on racial and economic inequity in the food system.



We will be featuring leading speakers, such as Malik Yakini and Beatriz Beckfordduring our two-day conference focused on dismantling racial and economic disparities in our food system. On Monday, September 11th, our pre-conference will feature several hands-on tours visiting innovative programs, meeting program participants, and enjoying delicious food from right here in Washington.



If you're interested, take a look at the registration page and the session lineup!



When: Pre-conference with tours and trainings is Monday, September 11th. General conference is September 12 + 13th.


Where: Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA


Cost: Early bird tickets are $340 until August 1st. After that, they will go up to $380

You can find scholarship info here. Submit your application by the end of July!

Event Date 9/11/2017
Event End Date 9/13/2017
Individual Price Scholarships available. $380 after August 1st



Announcing a new economic impact assessment guide and webinar for food systems practitioners!


The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is pleased to announce a new guide, Tools for Assessing Economic Impact: A Primer for Food System Practitioners, and an upcomingwebinar to provide an overview of tools used to assess food systems-related economic growth.



This guide summarizes and provides examples of tools that food systems practitioners can use to assess economic impacts, including standard commercial models as well as alternative community-based approaches.



The webinar is designed for anyone engaged in food systems work who is interested in commissioning an economic impact assessment. Kathryn Colasanti, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems Specialist, Megan Phillips Goldenberg, New Growth Associates LLC Principal Partner, and Ashley McFarland, Michigan State University Extension Educator will:

  • introduce a range of economic assessment models,
  • share an example from the craft beer industry, and
  • provide time for Q&A with webinar participants.



Register for the webinar 

Questions? Contact Kathryn Colasanti This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 517-353-0642





Event Date 9/19/2017 3:00 pm ET
Event End Date 9/19/2017 4:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free
Location: Founders Hall, George Mason University Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22201
The 2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit on the Urban-Rural Connection will be held in Arlington on Oct 5 - 6 at the George Mason University campus. 
Confirmed Speakers and Panelists
Keynote Speaker John Piotti, American Farmland Trust; Kimberly Niewolny, Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project; Rodney Taylor, Director Food & Nutrition Services, Fairfax County; Sally Schwitters, Tricycle Gardens; Joelle Robinson, DC Food Policy Council; Elizabeth Borst, VA Farmers Mkt. Mgr. Assoc.; Dave Robishaw, VA Dept. of Agriculture; David Sachs, Grape Wood Farms; Basil Gooden, VA Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry; Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener, Donielle Nolan, George Mason University; Amy Bachman, DC Central Kitchen; Puwen Lee, Arlington Food Assistance Center; Lynette Johnson, Society of St. Andrews; Don Weber, USDA; Bill Brower, DC Water; Katherine Collins, Arcadia Learning Center; Mary Van Dyke, STEM; Justen Garrity, Veterans Compost; Rebecca Carpenter, Sprout Kitchen Gardens.
Panels & Workshops
The Urban-Rural Connection: Making it Work
Increasing Opportunity: Updating the Rules to Promote Urban Agriculture
Agriculture in the Indoor & Outdoor Classroom
Waste Not,Want Not: Connecting Farmers & Feeding Programs
Practical Science-Based Challenges & Solutions to Urban Agriculture
Making a Buck in Urban Ag.
(l) Washington, DC: Up Top Acres by Nationals Stadium; UDC East Capitol Garden;
(2) Potomac Vegetable Farms; Reevesland Learning Center; Arlington Food Assistance Center Walter Reed Garden; Fort Barnard Community Garden.
$75 regular; $40 for students. 
More details on Summit website
Event Date 10/5/2017 8:00 am ET
Event End Date 10/6/2017 3:00 pm ET
Individual Price student discounts available