1. Mapping Institutional Procurement in the Northeast: An Intensive Peer Networking Session
This advanced session is targeted to groups and individuals involved or poised to engage in institutional food procurement in the Northeast. The session will begin with a scan of current Farm to Institution (FTI) efforts in our region, including schools and colleges, hospitals, and others, examing such aspects of FTI work as:
Through this exploration we hope to create a graphic map of FTI in the Northeast, which will allow us to more readily identify commonalities, overlaps, differences, gaps and fertile ground for synergy. Before ending, we'll address the questions of what value groups might find in continued sharing across FTI efforts, whether any formalized process might be needed and if so what form(s) that might take.
Projected outcomes of the session include:
2. Effective Communication for Emerging Leaders: Core Skills & Innovative Ideas for Working with Groups
Leaders: Lisa Fernandes, Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine, with Doris Huang, Amanda Beal, Eva Agudelo Winther, and Chelsea Lewis
Focus: As an emerging leader, you want to ensure that each of your interactions helps to make you more effective, to strengthen your professional relationships and to grow your "social capital." Explore innovative techniques for ensuring that all voices are heard and honored. Gain credibility and more successfully meet your goals by becoming the kind of person with whom others want to make good things happen.
Through a combination of discussion, small-group and full group exercises, attendees will gain new skills and confidence, ready to...
Reference materials and templates will be made available to attendees in print and digital formats.
Attend this session if you want to design better meetings, participate more effectively in meetings or if you want to enhance your skills to get credibility and trust among existing and new colleagues. This session is particularly suited to helping you increase your effectiveness with a broad and diverse range of stakeholders from different backgrounds.
3. Calling All Food Hub Practitioners (Workshop Full)
A NESAWG Pre-conference Training and Meeting for Northeast food hub practitioners
Setting the current food hub “movement” in historic context, we will explore how Northeast food hubs can be more robust and resilient. In this two-part session, we’ll also gauge interest in forming a network of food hub practitioners.
Part 1 will investigate what is new and unique about the current wave of values-based aggregation and distribution businesses. We’ll see how lessons from the food cooperative distribution movement of the 1970s and ‘80s can help food hubs thrive into the future. Panel and group discussion will address:
Part 2 will explore interest among food hub operators to form a Northeast regional food hub network, trade association, or community of practice. Several regions have formed networks to serve practitioners and advocates of new food hub businesses. We ask:
We’ll come out of this two-part session with stronger connections, new ideas, and exciting possibilities to support your work and the Northeast food hub movement!
Facilitators: Ann Karlen, Fair Food; Michael Rozyne, Red Tomato; Jeff Farbman, Wallace Center at Winrock International
Panelists: Jesse Singerman, consultant, Iowa; Sue Futrell, Red Tomato, Massachusetts; Terry Appleby, general manager, Hanover Cooperative, New Hampshire
4. Policy Planning Round Table: by invitation, no fee
This meeting is geared to people in organizations actively working on federal policy. The purpose is to plan strategies for working on federal policy--including the Farm Bill at whatever stage it may be--and identify opportunities to increase collaboration and effectiveness. This session will be 1:30-4 pm.
Please contact Amy Little email@example.com or 845-255-0822 if you are interested in attending or want to suggest someone else. You do not need to pre-register for this meeting on the conference registration website, but you must contact Amy to confirm your participation. There is no charge.