Conferences related to food systems and/or community development.



Location: 401 Warren Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853



Have you been researching new ways to grow vegetables? Is your farm looking to diversify? Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) may be the answer----and this conference can help!



CEA enables year-round production of fresh vegetables through greenhouse environmental control (heating, lighting) combined with hydroponic/soilless production systems. While CEA is an increasingly popular method of meeting consumer demand for locally grown food, many factors must be considered when developing a business plan and assessing its viability. This conference is intended to provide more detailed knowledge of CEA production systems, economics, marketing, and ways to access financing and state resources. It will also help guide new or transitioning operations through the process of developing a business plan for a CEA greenhouse vegetable business. The conference will be held November 1st and 2nd in Ithaca NY. The group size will be limited to 30 businesses (each may send 1 or 2 representatives), and attendees must apply to be accepted into the program.



More information is available at:



Laura Biasillo

Agricultural Economic Development Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County

(607) 584-5007 – Phone

(607) 723-5951 – Fax

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Event Date 11/1/2017
Event End Date 11/3/2017
Registration Start Date 9/1/2017
Cut off date 9/29/2017
Individual Price Free, but travel and lodging are not funded
Location Cornell University



Location: Doubletree, Carrier Circle in Syracuse

 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY 13057



Conference for Women by Women

The NY Women for Agriculture team is excited to be hosting the first annual NY Women in Agriculture conference, Friday November 3rd, in Syracuse, NY. This conference will focus both personal and business growth skills and tools for women involved as either primary or partner operator for their agriculture operation. The theme of this year’s conference is “Communication and Building Connections.



Topics Include

  • Learning Key Communication Techniques
  • Negotiating issues/challenges effectively
  • Addressing current industry issues
  • Building connections and networking



Meet the Keynote

Our keynote speaker is Amanda Freund. Amanda grew up on the family farm and participated in 4-H and FFA. Today, Amanda is actively involved with the Agri-Mark Young Cooperators (their dairy cooperative) and the CT Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee.


The cost to attend the conference is $100 per person. Click on this registration link to register for the conference.



For more information, contact Bonnie Collins. Bonnie's Email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Her phone number is (315) 736-3394 Ext. 104 or cell 315/736-2580 .



Looking for Conference Sponsors

If your company/organization would be interested in being a sponsor, visit the sponsorship page set up for the conference.

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Event Date 11/3/2017 8:00 am ET
Event End Date 11/3/2017 4:00 pm ET
Registration Start Date 8/31/2017
Cut off date 10/24/2017
Individual Price $100.00

Location: Temple Israel of Hollywood



This year, join us for Netiya's 2nd Annual Food, Faith & Field Symposium we are focusing on land stewardship, and spiritual sustenance across ethnic, racial, faith, economic, and gender lines. We'll have incredible panels, roundtables, and "digestion tables" as well as ritual, earth-based kids programming, gongs, a soundbath, and a marketplace! Our featured speaker flying in from Sweden is Helena Norberg-Hodge, Founder of Local Futures, and recipient of the Alternative Peace Prize. Our keynote speaker is Tim Alderson, we will also learn with preeminent agrarian theology scholar, John Cobb Jr. from Pando Populus, Reverend Peter Rood, Rabbi Adam Allenberg, Frank Tamborello, Beth Wilson, Imam Rushdan, Mary MacVean, Allis Druffel, Amira al-Sarraf, Iesha Siler, Rabbi Elihu Gevirtz and so many more. We will be showcasing the work of many local food champions and faith-based leaders that are changing the landscape of our unused congregational lands for the better throughout LA County. Join us and get your discounted tickets today. 





Event Date 11/5/2017 3:00 pm ET
Event End Date 11/5/2017 7:00 pm ET
Individual Price $20.00

This conference is hosted by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University.


Learn more about the conference here.

Event Date 11/7/2017
Event End Date 11/8/2017
Individual Price Free



Now in its sixth year, the NIFTI National Field School will take place November 8-10th in Pacific Grove, CA and support professional development and network building for beginning farmer training project staff from across the country. The Field School will feature workshops, facilitated resource review sessions, regional networking and goal-setting opportunities, and a farm tour to the Agriculture and Land Based Training Association.  Collaboration with ISED Solutions will allow for the inclusion of workshops led by and designed for refugee serving incubator projects.  A November 7th pre-conference for refugee serving projects will include sessions focused on resource sharing and network building. 


The goal of the Field School is to bring together leaders in the field of beginning farmer training to build skills, discuss perspectives and experience on how to best support the next generation of farmers in the US, and to reinforce and advance one another’s work. By strengthening the capacity of beginning farmer training programs across the country, this event aims to improve outcomes for new farmers nationwide.


Proposal submissions due August 21st:



Early bird registration ends Sep. 5th:

Event Date 11/7/2017
Event End Date 11/10/2017
Individual Price Price varies