Inaugural Forward Food Summit 2014
Keynote Address: Majora Carter
Home(Town) Security: As America’s demographic ratios change, new challenges & opportunities for conservation, tech, and public health are evolving. Majora Carter explores the connection between our re-urbanizaning society and how we experience the”environment”. As opposed to “HomeLand Security” which focuses attention on statistically insignificant threats from abroad, Majora’s Home(Town) Security starts by looking at how we strengthen the fabric of all our communities, and where Environmental-Equality on all fronts can take us.
Anti – Oppression Workshop
Sabrina Sideris and Brittni Hernandez, INVST Community Leadership Program
In this workshop, we explore how the power dynamics of privilege and oppression influence our daily lives, and further, our work for food justice . Sabrina Sideris and Brittini Hernandez will facilitate this anti-oppression workshop, emphasizing the role of socioeconomic class. As a group, we will question how class operates in societal systems and in our individual lives to impact our experiences.
Panel: Solving Hunger
Speakers: Barbara O’Neil, Harvest of Hope; Marcus Hyde, Catholic Worker Alliance; Libby or Brad Birky, SAME Cafe
The USDA estimates that 1 in every 6 people in our country are food insecure, meaning they do not have adequate nutrition in their diet. Even as a nation of wealth, that leaves us to 50 million Americans that are hungry. This panel will address hunger as a systemic issue in the US and explore creative and unique solutions to tackling the injustices in our community.
Panel: Local and Sustainable Food Systems
Speakers: Katrina Brink, The Empowered Kitchen; Tom Lasater, Colorful Ranch; Michael Brownlee, Local Food Shift
There are many uncertainties around what it means to be a sustainable food producing business. Due to the large scale of the current food system and policy standards and subsidies, our food system is incredibly wasteful. However, the current alternative practices are often inaccessible to many of the underserved people in our community. This panel will explore what it means to provide alternatives to this system and why they are important.
Produce for Pantries: Connecting Garden Produce to Those In Need
Dana Miller, Produce for Pantries; Emily Frost, Denver Urban Gardens
Hunger is a serious issue in Colorado. Families are struggling to put food on the table. Produce for Pantries encourages school, home and community gardeners across Colorado to donate freshly-grown produce to those who need it. P4P is a collaboration between Grow Local Colorado, Slow Food Denver, Denver Food Rescue, Denver Urban Gardens, St. John’s Episcopal, Brighton Shares the Harvest, Metro CareRing, Foodbank of the Rockies, Food, Faith and Family, Cooking Matters/Share our Strength, the Beanstalk Foundation, Livewell Colorado, Denver Yard Harvest, Plant a Row Colorado and Hunger Free Colorado. Come learn more about this inspiring and engaging initiative and how you can be involved.
Climbing toward wholeness: How a systemic vision of poverty, well being, and social sustainability can advance work on the ground
Jodi Norman, JNN Enterprises
Poverty is often defined in economic terms, but that description is far too simplistic to capture its full meaning. In the emergent field of social sustainability, poverty has been reconceptualized as a “lack of well-being” in several dimensions, needs unmet at multiple levels. Mapping the systemic connections of this conceptual model reveals new ways of understanding practical examples of work on the ground, and the positive benefits such a vision can offer, particularly in terms of food systems.
Bioregional Agriculture: Food Security in the Shortgrass Prairie
Adam Brock, The Grow Haus
With our erratic weather patterns and minimal precipitation, Colorado’s Front Range has a challenging climate for growing food on a large scale- which in turn poses great risks to our region’s food security. But what if the solutions were right under our noses? By inviting us to rethinking about our number of intriguing techniques for unlocking the abundance of our ecosystem. Join Adam Brock, co-founder of Denver’s food justice organization The GrowHaus, for a look at some specific ways permaculture can shape our approach to food security in ehre in the shortgrass prairie.
Isabel McDevitt & Sean Hammond, Bridge House
This session will discuss the myriad ways to create impact with local food and how Community Table Kitchen, Bridge House’s new social venture, marries its mission to provide nutritious meals for the homeless and working poor while creating training and jobs for homeless men and women re-entering the workforce. Hear from Isabel McDevitt, Executive Director and Sean Hammond who is training and working at community table Kitchen about how the program was conceived of and launched as well as its potential for growth.
Don’t Call the Experts: Food Rescue Alliance’s DIY Guide to Taking Local Action
Kyle Huelsman, Food Rescue Alliance
This is the story of how a group of young people without money, experts, or a great deal of experience have rescued 500,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from the landfill and created a statewide network of food rescue organizations. Join Kyle Huelsman in this presentation that traces the history of Boulder Food Rescue in their commitment to create a more just and less wasteful food system, and their subsequent expansion across the state. It will explain their DIY guide to moving from passion to action, and how a group of committed individuals can use their creativity and fire to build movements and change communities.
Building a Food Co-op: From Basement to Storefront
Sara Brody, The Second Kitchen
The Second Kitchen Food Co-op is new to Boulder CO…or is it? Four years ago, three CU students started The Second Kitchen food buying club out of Sara Brody’s college rental. On September 5 2013, The Second Kitchen Food Co-op opened its doors to the Boulder community in storefront. What started with 18 student households, has now grown into a Colorado proud cooperative business, and one of few working member food co-ops in the nation. Join Sara, as she leads this session to learn how the transformation happened, why co-ops support our food system, and dive into a discussion on how local food co-ops like TSK fight for food justice and security, from topics like food purchasing, food waste, and why eat home cooked meals.
Closing Keynote Address: Robert Egger
Food as a Tool for Change
Food plays a tremendous role in the American culture, but seldom is its true power revealed. Robert Egger has spent over 2 decades exploring ways in which food can be used to nourish, empower and liberate. Join him for a bold send-off to the summit.