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Food & Community Gathering comes to Detroit: May 20-22, 2014

On May 20-22, 2014, nearly 600 leaders in the “good food movement” will meet in Detroit for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 2014 Food & Community Gathering. With a theme of “Harvesting Change,” attendees will celebrate accomplishments and build on efforts to create a more equitable future for our nation’s children. 

Detroit’s past, present and future is deeply rooted in the good food movement. It’s a story of self-determination – a story that resonates with many across the globe who are working to build a more equitable, just and sustainable food system. The Food & Community Gathering will feature plenary sessions, facilitated discussions and workshops, including site visits to urban farms, schools and food hubs in Detroit.

Learn more about the Food & Community Gathering.  To view livestreamed sessions and participate in social media conversations (remember to use the #HarvestChange hashtag!). WKKF will also host a Food Sovereignty tweetchat at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 20 – join the conversation using the #HarvestChange and #foodsovereignty hashtags.

Sessions to be livestreamed include:

Tuesday, May 20
2:10 p.m. EDT: Movement in Action: The Detroit Good Food Experience

The good food movement continues to evolve in Detroit. Panelists – good food leaders from across the city – will highlight thriving cross-sector partnerships in Detroit that are examples of the types of relationships that need to be cultivated to create conditions for healthy, green, fair and affordable food for all. Panelists will include representatives from FoodLab Detroit, Keep Growing Detroit, Fair Food Network, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Food & Fitness Partnership, Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Equitable Detroit Coalition.

4:35 p.m. EDT: Community Voices: A New Narrative

Food sovereignty leaders will share their personal stories regarding what food sovereignty means to them, to their culture, to their communities and to the good food movement.

  • Cantave Jean-Baptiste, Partenariat pour le Developpement, Haiti
  • Salomé Muñoz, El Hombre Sobre la Tierra, Mexico
  • Nely Rodriguez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Florida

Wednesday, May 21
8:45 a.m. EDT: The Good Food Movement as Social Change

This conversation includes leaders that cross generations of engagement and involvement in work to transform our food system. Panelists will reflect on the success of the food movement to date and share their perspectives for the future.

  • Jennifer White, Michigan Radio, moderator
  • Shorlette Ammons, Center for Environmental Farming Systems at North Carolina Agriculture & Technical University
  • Mike Hamm, Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University
  • Janie Simms Hipp, Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative at University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Anim Steel, Real Food Challenge

Thursday, May 22
1:15 p.m. EDT: Good Food and Health for All

In growing the movement, a new public dialogue is needed that focuses on good food and health for all. This will be a conversation about federal policies and our shared vision to create a more vibrant food system that benefits all children, families and communities.

  • Jennifer White, Michigan Radio
  • Nelson Carrasquillo, Comité de Apoyo a los Trabjadores Agrícolas
  • Gail C. Christopher, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Helen Dombalis, National Farm to School Network
  • Dave Monture, Intertribal Agriculture Council

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