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Long Island Food Coalition Presents LI 2018 Spring Conference

April 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The State of Our Suburban Agriculture: Where Do We Grow From Here?

The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Long Island along with The Long Island Food Coalition, formerly Long Island Small Farm Initiative, and The North Shore Land Alliance are proud to present a conference on:

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 9:00-1:00 PM
Hofstra University

We are pleased to announce that Mark Winne will be joining us as our special guest and keynote speaker to share his wisdom and insight after working for 45 years as a community activist, writer, and trainer in the good food-policy movement. From organizing breakfast programs for low-income children in Maine to developing innovative national food policies in Washington, DC, Winne has dedicated his professional life and writing (his most recent book here) to building and collaborating with others, so we can mitigate and solve issues of inequity and climate change in both local and global communities.

Other panels/speakers:

Existing Framework related to our local food system
NY Farm Bureau
Suffolk County- August Ruckdeschel
Present systems
Restoration Farm
LI Greenmarket Inc.
Long Island Regional Seed Consortium
Blindbat Brewery
Importance of local agriculture to Health and Education
Orkestai Farms
Blossom Sustainable Development
Waldorf School Garden- Jeannine Davis
Suburban Agriculture Forming Communities
Liberty Village Veteran’s Garden
TOH Conservation and Waterways -Shellfish
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Nassau

Featuring Mark Winne
Food Activist, Writer and Trainer

This conference will bring together local experts in the fields of sustainable food production and distribution representing the current practices in both agriculture and aquaculture of the area. There will be opportunity to discuss obstacles to our local food system that are impeding sustainable progress. The desired outcome from this gathering of exper  ts is to lay down the pathway for a vibrant local food system, one that supports growers committed to providing the community access to high quality products.

Panel Discussions:

Panel 1: Existing Framework Related to our Local Food System
Moderator: Bhavani Jaroff, iEat Green

Speakers: Rob Carpenter, NY Farm Bureau; Ehle Schate, NYS Ag
and Markets and August Ruckdeschel, Suffolk County

Panel 2: Topic: Present Local Food System – Are they Sustainable?
Moderator: Sandra Garren, Phd., Hofstra University
Speakers: Caroline Fanning, Restoration Farm; Bernadette Martin,
LI Greenmarket, Inc. and Paul Dlugokencky, Blindbat Brewery

Panel 3: Topic: Importance of Local Agriculture to Health and Education
Moderator: Sharryn M. Kasmir, Phd., Hofstra University
Speakers: Alethia Vasilas, Orkestai Farms; Aiyana Smith, Blossom
Sustainable Development and Jeannine Davis, Waldorf School Garden


Panel 4: Suburban Agriculture Forming Communities
Moderator:  Iman Marghoob, Long Island Community Gardens Association
Speakers: Mary Callanan, Liberty Village Veteran’s Garden; Donna Lanzetta Manna, Fish Farms and Greg Sandor, Cornell Cooperative Extension

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required.
Space is limited.

For more information, please contact Annetta Centrella-Vitale atannetta.centrellavitale@hofstra.edu.


April 19, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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