Events calendar

Wednesday, October 07, 2020
12:00 pm ET

Racism in the Value Chain of Food and Agriculture

Join Penn State Extension for an upcoming webinar series: Exploring Racial Equity and Access in Our Food System.  The series will cover the many ways that racism and injustice impact farming and food systems in the United States.  Our intention is to listen to and learn from farmers, businesses, organizations, and researchers working to build a just and sustainable food system for all.  Join us for any, or all, of the following panel discussions:  


History, Land Access, and Race: Tuesday, 9/15, 12-1:30pm 

This webinar will examine the impact of structural and systemic racism within the food and agricultural systems on Black and brown farmers in the US.  Our panelists will share their lived experiences with racism in farming and food system work, as well as barriers faced in accessing resources needed to grow and succeed.  



Food Access, Equity, and Farmers Markets: Monday, 9/21, 12-1:30pm 

If you ask, most farmers markets will tell you that the market is for everyone in the community.  Despite this, farmers markets and CSA programs can feel exclusive and inaccessible to members of some communities.  In this webinar, we will explore how farmers markets and community CSA programs can transform food systems by becoming a driving force for equitable food access.   



Financing and Land Access Inequities: Thursday, 10/1, 12-1:30pm 

In this webinar we will examine the history of agricultural land ownership disparities and historical lockouts of financing with private institutions and the USDA.  Panelists will speak on their own experiences with operating a farm project, funding, and financing a farm startup.   



Racism in the Value Chain of Food and Agriculture: Wednesday, 10/7, 12-1:30pm 

In this webinar we explore historical and current inequities in starting-up a food or beverage-based business.  Panelists will speak on their experience in being a BIPOC owner and working, marketing, and selling within industries that are historically white-owned.  


2:00 pm ET

Resilience from Farm to Plate

CleanMed 2020 Virtual Series

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed vulnerabilities in our food system. Find out how health care workers can take action to ensure our food system is resilient in the face of future crises.

Hear from hospital food and sustainable agriculture experts on how resiliency strategies:

  • combat climate change while protecting food security.
  • sequesters carbon while making our farms more resilient.
  • prevents food waste and are good for people, the planet, and the economy.

Session details

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed vulnerabilities in our food system: supply for some products is strained and food access for our most vulnerable populations is threatened. The health care sector can take measures to ensure our food system is resilient in the face of future crises.
Regenerative agriculture builds healthy soil while sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, responding to climate change and the soil fertility crisis. Sutter Health’s food waste prevention and rescue pilot program directs excess food to people who need it while diverting food from landfills where its decomposition contributes to climate change.

Session participants will leave with actionable steps for building resilience and protecting food security in their own communities.

Register here: 

3:30 pm ET

Call on Food Hub Direct to Consumer Innovations

Wallace Center is hosting a call to explore the innovations that food hubs created in an effort to meet direct to consumer demand when the pandemic upended business as usual. Register Here!

 What: Food Hubs’ Direct to Consumer Innovations Call

 When: Wednesday, October 7th, 3:30 pm ET, 12:30 pm PT

 Details: When COVID hit, food hubs were faced with both a challenge - institutional and retail sales drying up – and an opportunity – a burgeoning market of consumers looking for new, safe ways to buy food. Almost overnight, food hubs across the country pivoted from wholesale to direct to consumer markets in order to serve this growing customer base. Many hubs created box programs to ensure that communities had access to high quality food while also paying farmers and food producers a fair price. To be successful in their new modus operandi, food hubs all over the country leveraged their existing partnerships while forging new relationships to help figure out the supply chain adaptations needed to supply boxes rather than pallets.

On this call, we’ll hear from Alicia Ellingsworth from the Kansas City Food Hub, Nare Park from the Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement, and Christine Quane from Eastern Market on how they got creative about meeting new types of demand in response to the pandemic, and what came next.


5:00 pm ET

Seed saving with Bevin Cohen of Small House Farms

Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00 pm: Seed Saving with Bevin Cohen of Small House Farms.
Join author, seed farmer and founder of Michigan Seed Library Bevin Cohen as he shares the
importance of saving our garden seeds, sharing their stories, and giving the gift of seed to others.
See how easy and rewarding it can be for gardeners and youth to collect and save seeds to create
their own local seed bank. Learn the basics of this traditional skill and start saving seeds from
your own gardens.

Register here: