NAFSN Good Food Talk Webinar Series

The NAFSN Good Food Talk webinar series shares innovations in the field and highlights efforts to promote just and sustainable food systems. They provide you with the opportunity to learn and interact with food system practitioners and experts in diverse locations and regions. And they're free and open to the public!

Learn more and find recordings in our ARCHIVES


Upcoming NAFSN Good Food Talk

With so many of us holding grief and sorrow during these times, it may seem like there is no relief from the uncertainty. However, some people have found imaginative ways to express the grief and despair they're feeling through creative works.

During the second week of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, participants were invited to delve into what healing may look and feel like and to deepen their understanding of its critical role in our struggle for racial equity in our food systems.

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.

You’re invited to join us and bring your poetry, spoken words, music, visual arts, and creative dances to share in this healing moment together with others.

Register for this free webinar 

Recommended webinar pre-work


Webinar Facilitator: Gail Myers, Farms to Grow, Inc., and chair of the NAFSN Leadership Circle

Presenters: Karen Spiller and Curtis Ogden of Food Solutions New England (FSNE)

Webinar co-host: Wallace Center


Recent NAFSN Good Food Talks


Best Practices in Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Training in Food Systems

Presented in collaboration with eXtension Open Forum

Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 1:00 pm ET

If you missed it live, enjoy the recording and the slides!

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Uprooting Racism in the Food System: Seeding Sovereignty for Black and Brown Farmers

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

If you missed it live, enjoy the recording!

This webinar seeks to expand perspectives and provide information on institutional and grassroots approaches to engaging socially disadvantaged groups in farming and food systems.

From the latest NAFSN Practitioners survey, Trends in the Food Systems Development Profession in North America: a Comparison of 2012 and 2019:

Key Findings of 2019 Results Compared to the 2012 Baseline

  • Working with socially disadvantaged groups is now the #1 training need reported by professionals. Food hubs and value-adding strategies were tied for second in 2019.
  • Racial and cultural divides and addressing the underlying causes of problems as opposed to symptoms of problems rose significantly as perceived challenges between 2012 and 2019.

Hosted by: Bakari McClendon, NAFSN Leadership Circle

Welcome and Introductions: Gail P. Myers, Founder of Farms to Grow, Inc., and Chair, NAFSN Leadership Circle

Webinar Presenters

  • Rich Pirog – Director, Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University
  • Kimberly N. Carr – Food Sovereignty and Racial Equity Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University
  • Leah Penniman – Soul Fire Farm (Rensselaer County, NY) and Author, Farming While Black

Moderator: Kai Thomas – NAFSN Graduate Student Volunteer

Archived NAFSN Good Food Talks

Note: You may need to download an Adobe Connect add-in to see these webinars.

  1. Building a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Food Systems Network
    (produced by NAFSN, July 26, 2017) 

  2. Economic Impact of Local Food Systems 
    (produced by NAFSN and USDA-AMS, May 25, 2017)

  3. Big Hunger: Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups
    (produced by NAFSN, March 29, 2017)

  4. Food Justice and Black Lives: Voices from the Movement 
    (produced by NAFSN and Farms to Grow, February 22, 2017)

  5. Land Justice, Black Agrarianism and the Freedom Movement: Emerging Voices 
    (produced by NAFSN, Farms to Grow, and Food First, January 2017)

  6. We Traded our MetroCards for Tractors: Going from Urban Agriculture to Rural Farming 
    (produced by NAFSN, December 2016)

  7. Collaborative Pathways to Change: Tools for Just and Sustainable Food Systems Networks 
    (produced by NAFSN and the Interaction Institute for Social Change, November 2016)

  8. Food Systems Networks "Circle Forward": Innovations in Collaborative Governance 
    (produced by NAFSN and Circle Forward, October 2016)

  9. Experience of People of Color in Food Systems Work 
    (produced by NAFSN and the Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, March 2015)

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