Just Food Conference Breaks Out of the Classroom on April 5th!


The annual Just Food Conference is quickly approaching, and this year Just Food is excited to introduce a brand-new format for the event!

File 1629In addition to the main conference day on April 6th at Columbia University’s Teachers College, featuring participatory workshops and plenary sessions, Just Food will host a variety of all-day intensives and tours throughout the city on April 5th in order to give attendees the chance to completely immerse themselves in the topic of their choice. From food education to urban agriculture to advocacy training, the lineup of all-day workshops has something for everyone.

“Dedicating a day of the Just Food Conference to all-day intensive workshops will provide attendees with a richer educational experience and the chance to get practical, hands-on experience in their area of interest—whether that is cooking, community organizing, or urban farming,” says Jacquie Berger, Just Food’s Executive Director.

Here are just a few highlights of the intensives being offered:

Cooking for Sustainability:  This 5-hour interactive workshop, led by Ronna Welsh, Owner and Chef of Purple Kale Kitchenworks, will introduce participants to a revolutionary ingredient-driven, zero-waste, farm to table approach to cooking seasonal and delicious meals at home.  Hosted at Whole Foods Market’s Bowery Culinary Center, this is the perfect workshop for those who want to learn how to use everything from their CSA share or farmer’s market finds, including parts of ingredients they might otherwise throw away, or how to make meals using whatever is on hand. After the class, students will have the tools to cook off-the-cuff, no matter what food you have at home, who you have to feed, or what limited time you have to cook.

Advocacy Training:  An interactive and meaningful learning experience, perfect for both new and seasoned community organizers who want to keep grassroots networks engaged in the political process.  Just Food’s own Qiana Mickie, CSA Program Associate, will lead the workshop along with Gabraelle Lane of Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network, and Lindsay Scalera of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

South Bronx Chicken Bike Tour Enjoy a guided bike tour, led by NYCHA Gardener and Just Food Trainer Eric Thomann, of several community gardens that are raising chickens in the South Bronx. Participants will get to meet city chickens in their home roosts and learn from urban chicken keepers.

For Just Food Conference details & tickets, click here!