Events calendar

Sunday. 24 May, 2020 - Saturday. 30 May, 2020
Wednesday. 27 May, 2020
12:00 am ET

Cultivating Connections Conference

The University of Georgia’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative is pleased to host the 2020  joint annual meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS). 

The 2020 conference theme, “Cultivating Connections: Exploring Entry Points Into Sustainable Food Systems,” is an invitation to envision a more sustainable and equitable future by critically engaging with the histories and legacies that have framed agricultural food landscapes over time. Cultivating connections means that we are active participants, called to dig in for the preparation of building fruitful relationships with one another to foster greater sustainability within the food system. The food system is an intricate web of social connections, with each node of the web shaping how food is regarded, how it’s grown, how it will be distributed, who will buy it, and what its overall significance is within communities. These elements provide entry points for conversation, reconciliation, and action toward building stronger, more sustainable connections within the food system. Participants are invited to engage in conversations about changes to the current agri-food paradigm to better represent and advocate for a more just and equitable food system – from farm to fork – that strengthens community viability, food security, and the sovereignty of all people.

For more information, visit the conference webpage:

Abstract Submission – The abstract submission page is now open. We invite the submission of abstracts for organized paper sessions, individual papers, lightning talks, roundtables, posters and exploration galleries, and working sessions. For more detailed information and to submit the abstract submission portal, visit the Abstract Submission Page. Abstracts are due January 31, 2020.

A limited number of Student Travel Awards of up to $500 will be available to defray the cost of conference attendance. Details can be found here.

2:00 pm ET

Berry Season Prep: Insects, Diseases, Weeds, and Nutrition

Please join us for two lunchtime webinars/Q&A sessions for berry growers this season. The first event is May 27 at 1:00pm. We will have 4 quick updates on insects, diseases, weeds, and nutrition, and then have 20-30 minutes of open Q&A time. The registration link is:
These webinars are jointly hosted by UMN Extension and UW-Madison Extension. Speakers include Dr. Christelle Guedot (UW), Dr. Jed Colquhoun (UW), Annie Klodd (UMN) and Dr. Amaya Atucha (UW). 
See flyer below and click on the registration links for more information.
3:00 pm ET

NAFSN Good Food Talk: A Sharing of Healing Works

The May North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) Good Food Talk webinar will provide a space for anyone to share creative, healing works of poetry, music, artwork, or dance that have served as their anchor, guiding star, or nurturing inspiration. We are leaning in and being in community with each other, especially during these times. The webinar is free and open to all.

This will be a participatory experience. Karen Spiller and Curtis Ogden of Food Solutions New England (FSNE; sponsor of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge) will lead us through discussions, including break-out discussions facilitated by members of NAFSN.

Thursday. 28 May, 2020
12:00 pm ET

Food Policy Councils: Building buy-in and taking action

This roundtable discussion will provide examples of how food policy councils are organizing around food chain worker issues.  Hear about how FPCs have built support for advocating on labor issues.  Gain tips on communicating with decision-makers around labor issues. We also encourage attendees to share what their food policy councils are doing to support food workers during the pandemic.


12 – 1:15 PM Eastern time / 11 AM – 12:15 PM Central time / 10 – 11:15 AM Mountain time / 9 – 10:15 AM Pacific time



Winona Bynum, Detroit Food Policy Council

Tanya Kerssen, Real Food Media

Colleen McKinney, The Center for Good Food Purchasing

Beth Spitler, California Food and Farming Network 


Register here:

Friday. 29 May, 2020
4:00 pm ET

Liability for transmission of COVID-19 for farm and food businesses

If your actions lead to a customer or an employee contracting COVID-19, are you legally liable? Join us for a webinar discussing whether, when, and how, this legal risk could befall a farm or food business, including farmers markets and food hubs. We’ll also cover essential steps to minimize the legal risk to the business. Insurance always plays a role when it comes to injury, so we’ll be sure to point out the role of insurance and important questions to ask one’s insurance provider. The legal landscape develops by the day with state and federal government changes also on the agenda. Join us for a clear, focused, webinar that emphasizes what you can do to protect your business.

Register here: