Bedford 2020 Food Forum

Mar 04, 2017 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM EST

Fox Lane High School

632 S Bedford Road, Bedford, NY 10506, United States

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Full Access
$25
Sale Ends: Mar 03, 2017 10:50 PM EST
Full Access tickets provide attendees with access to the Keynote Speeches, up to three workshops, the interactive Expo and locally-inspired lunch; walk-in registration is $30.
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Expo + Lunch
$10
Sale Ends: Mar 04, 2017 12:59 PM EST
This entitles the attendee to participate and visit the interactive Expo throughout the day as well as to enjoy locally-inspired lunch.
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Expo Only
Free
Sale Ends: Mar 04, 2017 11:00 PM EST
Expo Only tickets entitle the attendee to admission to the interactive Expo only throughout the day.
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Student & Scholarship Admission
$25
Sale Ends: Mar 03, 2017 10:50 PM EST
High School Students and scholarship admissions are free. If you are a high school student or would like to apply for scholarship for free admission to the Food Forum, please e-mail info@Bedford2020.org for more information and the applicable registration code. (Keynote Speakers, workshops and the interactive Expo are included, while lunch may be purchased separately.)
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Donation to Bedford 2020
Admission fees cover only a portion of the total costs, so we appreciate any donation you would like to make to Bedford 2020. All donations are purely optional. Thank you for your consideration. (If you are not attending the Food Forum, but would like to make a donation to Bedford 2020, please visit our website at Bedford2020.org.)
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Walk-In Day of Food Forum
$30
Sale Ends: Mar 04, 2017 4:00 PM EST
This gives attendee full access to up to 3 workshops and a lunch session. Includes access to the interactive Expo.
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Event Description

Dig in to Hudson Valley food at The Bedford 2020 Food Forum!

The event will engage attendees in local food’s many benefits and build awareness and support for our farmers, our food system, and initiatives that increase food access for all and eliminate food waste.

The event will feature keynote addresses from author and New York Times food journalist, Mark Bittman, and Wholesome Wave founder, Michel Nischan, as well as a series of dynamic workshops and panel discussions, an interactive Expo and locally-inspired food.

Organizer
Bedford 2020

The mission of the Bedford 2020 Coalition is to lead, organize and promote a community wide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and to create a sustainable community that conserves its natural resources.

http://bedford2020.org
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P.O. Box 812
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
United States
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Fox Lane High School
632 S Bedford Road, Bedford, NY 10506, United States
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Schedule
Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM EST

Registration

Please bring your confirmation (being considerate of the environment, having it on your mobile device is preferred).

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9:00 AM - 9:45 AM EST

Keynote Address, Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman Large Gym

Mark Bittman, food journalist for The New York Times will kick off the Food Forum with a conversation about the relationship between food and climate change. "The links between farming, food, and climate change are more important now than ever,” notes Bittman. “We hear a lot about climate change's impact on farming, but not so much about the converse; yet tending to our agricultural system can have a huge impact on mitigating climate change, and local food and farming is a big part of that. Bedford 2020's Food Forum is a way for local residents to better understand the local food movement and bring its potential for real change into their lives."

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10:00 AM - 10:50 AM EST

Expo & Lunch (GREEN Lunch Wristband)

Please CHOOSE ONE OF THE 4 AVAILABLE time slots to enjoy lunch (included in your full access registration) and the Expo, which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Backyard to Table, Grow Your Own Food 101 (SOLD OUT)

Everyone can grow food but not everyone knows how! Join expert Lori Fontanes for an introductory workshop on the fun and tasty world of edible gardening. The workshop will include everything from the importance of healthy soil, container-friendly crops, raised beds, companion planting, varmint protection, and more. Whether you're trying to learn more about tomatoes or just upgrade your pizza toppings, nothing is more local than your own backyard.

Show details Hide details

BUY: The Skinny on What’s Really in Our Food* (SOLD OUT)

Amy Rosenfeld Small Cafe

Think that the nutrition facts label on packaged foods tells you the whole story? Fuhgeddaboudit…not all food words are created equal. Learn to demystify food labels by understanding what the words on the packaging really mean. A Northern Westchester Hospital registered dietitian will walk you down the grocery aisle, teaching you how to decipher the Nutrition Facts panel, develop a critical eye for portion size and ingredients, and how to better understand what marketing slogans aren’t telling you.
* Workshop recommended for students, but also appropriate for adults.

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EAT: Food and Resilient Local Economies (SOLD OUT)

Local Farming: A Driver of Strong, Resilient Communities
This panel will explore how, by supporting local sustainable farmers, you can improve the quality of life in the community, support food security and help save the planet. Local agriculture is good for open space, soil health, food security, sustainability, and the local economy! Without local farms, we are completely dependent on the industrial food system, and we allow irresponsible use of our land to the point of no return to farming. How do we build an equitable and ecologically resilient local food system for the future? How can Westchester county meet the economic and social needs of communities while working in partnership with natural systems?

Show details Hide details

SHARE/DON'T WASTE: Feed the Hungry, Local Success Stories

Almost one in five people in Westchester struggles to put food on the table. How is this possible, and what can we do about it? Come learn how organizations in Northern Westchester are tackling this problem. Key players in the field of food justice will share challenges and successes. Find out how you can help tackle hunger in our area.

Moderator: Stephanie E. Kupferman

Show details Hide details

SHARE/DON'T WASTE: Waste Not! (SOLD OUT)

Americans casually throw away huge amounts of food waste each day. Learn from White House presenter and Baldor Specialty Foods’ Executive Thomas McQuillan’s how we can rethink and reuse food waste. Food scraps have value! From companies to communities to households, get educated on how we can take action and turn our community’s food waste into gold.

Show details Hide details
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM EST

Expo & Lunch (ORANGE Lunch Wristband)

Please CHOOSE ONE OF THE 4 AVAILABLE time slots to enjoy lunch (included in your full access registration) and the Expo, which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Healthy Soil, Grow Your Own Food Naturally (SOLD OUT)

You can achieve an abundant garden and fight pests without toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides! Doug DeCandia and Mike Fedison, two of our area’s accomplished farmers, will explain how to feed the soil with homemade recipes for pro-and pre-biotics that go into foliar sprays and soil drenches to produce bountiful harvests. Learn how to combat pests with natural products and beneficial insects that prey on the bugs that eat our plants. Leave with the tools you’ll need for better soil, including recipes for safe and natural homemade remedies to use in your garden.

Show details Hide details

BUY: Smart and Savvy Food Shopping

Learn how to make healthy, nutritious and simple meals out of ingredients from local grocery stores and farmers markets. A chef, nutritionist and budget conscious shopper will guide you from market to table: how to shop seasonally, read labels for nutrition, and maximize value and budget. You will discover the best sources for fresh local food and strategies to make delicious meals that please every palate. Workshop participants will craft their own menus from the demonstration ingredients and will leave as “savvy shoppers.”

Moderator: Chef Quint Smith, Founder, FarmtoTableUS.org

Show details Hide details

EAT: Planet and Plate, Factory Farming’s Impact on the Climate*

There is a complex set of connections between agriculture and climate change: global warming reduces food production, food production generates greenhouse gases, and drilling and transporting fossil fuels threaten farms. Join us for a discussion of the problem and the solutions, and learn how you can get involved in protecting our food and world from climate change.

* Workshop recommended for students, but also appropriate for adults.

Show details Hide details

SHARE/DON'T WASTE: Food Rescue (SOLD OUT)

Local restaurants, stores and other commercial operations throw away thousands of pounds of perfectly good food every day. Can anything be done about it? The answer is YES, and representatives from three non-profits dedicated to reducing both food waste and hunger will explain how they “rescue” food from grocery stores, restaurants and other sources. They and their army of volunteers collect food and redistribute it to people in need. Learn how to support their work and make a difference in addressing hunger in Northern Westchester.

Moderator: Suzi Novak

Show details Hide details

OTHER: The History of Local Food in the Hudson Valley (SOLD OUT)

Join local historians and food movement activists in exploring the past, present and future of farming and eating local. The Hudson Valley is one of the oldest agricultural areas and "eating local" is nothing new! Author and food historian Peter G. Rose will explore the history of eating local in this geographic region from Native Americans to the Dutch. Learn about our area’s agricultural products and the history of their shipment to New York State markets. Explore the 164 year history of the Bedford Farmers Club and what's happening with local agriculture today.

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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EST

Keynote Address, Michel Nischan

Devin Juros Michel Nischan Large Gym

Michel Nischan, award-winning chef and leader in the sustainable food movement will deliver a midday keynote address focused on resilience and local food. Nischan explains, “Resilience is perhaps the most important word of our time, and there is no better way to express its meaning than through a vibrant, local food system. Bedford 2020 Food Forum is the perfect gathering for people to explore how to connect with resilience through knowledge and networking. From growing, to sourcing, to buying — and even to voting — the Forum is a great place to enhance your pursuit of resilience.”

Introduction by Devin Juros

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12:45 PM - 1:35 PM EST

Expo & Lunch (PINK Lunch Wristband)

Please CHOOSE ONE OF THE 4 AVAILABLE time slots to enjoy lunch (included in your full access registration) and the Expo, which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Tiny Seeds, Big Differences - Local Seeds Matter (SOLD OUT)

Seeds are one of our most valuable resources and can make all the difference in flavor, nutrition and plant health. Local seeds are disappearing and it is up to gardeners and eaters alike to steward one of our most valuable natural resources. Author and seed expert Shanyn Siegel will lead this conversation about seeds and the history of the seed industry, and how they both impact one of the things most essential to our everyday lives—our food. Shanyn will explain the types of garden seeds available and share options for selecting the best seeds for organic gardens and a resilient regional food system. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the significance of our seed choices and some unusual heirloom seeds to try.

Show details Hide details

BUY: The Westchester Farmer, Challenges and Opportunities

The Westchester Growers Alliance was founded seven years ago to serve and strengthen the local agricultural community. This grassroots organization addresses the economic, social, environmental and education issues that farmers encounter as they start, expand and sustain their operations. Why do they dedicate their lives to small scale local farming?
How can the consumer through their food decisions support these farmsteads? What is the future of farming in Westchester?

Show details Hide details

EAT: Farm Bill 101, What is it and Why Should I Care?

The Federal government spends BILLIONS in taxpayer dollars on ensuring a safe, secure and accessible food supply for the country. But where does our money go and why? In a conversation with Representative Maloney, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, we’ll explore how that money is spent. Find out how federal legislation such as the Farm Bill directly impacts you—from sustainable farming to access to healthy food to your weekly family food budget. Understand how the government feeds our nation, supports New York farmers, impacts the local food system and shapes our community. Learn what’s up for debate in the new congress and specific ways you can get involved.

Show details Hide details

SHARE/DON'T WASTE: Meal Planning and Prep to Reconsider Food Waste: A Cooking Workshop* (SOLD OUT)

It is time to rethink food waste, one vegetable at a time! Experts from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will help us consider what we waste, and enjoy more of what we buy. In this workshop, participants will prepare the ingredients and cook a dish that tells a larger story about food waste.

* Workshop recommended for students but also appropriate for adults.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Backyard to Table: Edible Gardening 101 (JUST ADDED!)

Everyone can grow food but not everyone knows how! Join expert Xenia D'Ambrosi for an introductory workshop on the fun and tasty world of edible gardening. The workshop will include everything from the importance of healthy soil, container-friendly crops, raised beds, companion planting, varmint protection, and more. Whether you're trying to learn more about tomatoes or just upgrade your pizza toppings, nothing is more local than your own backyard.

Show details Hide details
1:45 PM - 2:35 PM EST

Expo & Lunch (PURPLE Lunch Wristband)

Please CHOOSE ONE OF THE 4 AVAILABLE time slots to enjoy lunch (included in your full access registration) and the Expo, which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Bees and Chickens (SOLD OUT)

Suburban backyard micro-farmers are bringing bees and chickens home to roost in exchange for fresh eggs, local honey; a fun, rewarding endeavor! Come hear about the growing trend on how our backyards and community gardens can help drive local, sustainable agriculture and protect our primary pollinators—bees. Find out how you can get started in your own backyard or simply how to share the fruits of your neighbor’s labor!

Show details Hide details

BUY: Know Your Farmer AND Your Farmers Market

Get the inside scoop on how to shop like an insider, sourcing the very best from local farms and farmers markets. Not all markets, farms, produce and farm products are created equal. We will learn what to ask (and not to ask!) your local farmer and how to navigate any farmers market, large or small. Learn to shop to find the best local produce, fruits, dairy, cheese and more!

Moderator: Margaret Gifford, Watervine Impact

Show details Hide details

EAT: Food Lessons, Increasing Healthy Food in Our Schools

School lunch is not the “mystery meat” it used to be but an opportunity to fuel children’s bodies and minds today and teach them to make healthy choices tomorrow. Leading school food practitioners and influencers will help us imagine the possibilities. Learn about barriers, opportunities, equity, and methods to drive change for smarter, healthier choices by both kids and schools.

Moderator: James Marple, InterGenerate board member and West Patent Elementary School garden founder

Show details Hide details

EAT: Local Impact, How to be a Local Food Advocate*

From labeling GMOs to banning fracking, Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit environmental organization, opposes corporate control and abuse of our most vital resources. Join us for a discussion of how to organize a powerful grassroots campaign and make real change in your community. In this session, we’ll identify effective strategies for engaging community members and influencing policymakers to protect our food, water and climate. We will cover topics like writing a letter to the editor, meeting with a legislator/administrator/decision maker, circulating a petition, and more.

*Workshop recommended for students but also appropriate for adults.

Show details Hide details

OTHER: Food, and Doing What You Love*

Do you get so excited about local food that you want to base your career around it? Come hear from local participants in the food system about their careers, how they work together and how they collaborate as part of the whole. Farmers, chefs, buyers, businesses and nonprofits, they all play a role in a sustainable food system.

Moderator: Jill Isenbarger, Executive Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

*Workshop recommended for teens but also appropriate for adults.

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2:35 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Expo remains open until 3:00PM

We hope you'll take advantage of this extra time to explore the Expo which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM EST

Registration

Please bring your confirmation (being considerate of the environment, having it on your mobile device is preferred).

Show details Hide details
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM EST

Keynote Address, Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman Large Gym

Mark Bittman, food journalist for The New York Times will kick off the Food Forum with a conversation about the relationship between food and climate change. "The links between farming, food, and climate change are more important now than ever,” notes Bittman. “We hear a lot about climate change's impact on farming, but not so much about the converse; yet tending to our agricultural system can have a huge impact on mitigating climate change, and local food and farming is a big part of that. Bedford 2020's Food Forum is a way for local residents to better understand the local food movement and bring its potential for real change into their lives."

Show details Hide details
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM EST

Expo & Lunch (GREEN Lunch Wristband)

Please CHOOSE ONE OF THE 4 AVAILABLE time slots to enjoy lunch (included in your full access registration) and the Expo, which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Backyard to Table, Grow Your Own Food 101 (SOLD OUT)

Everyone can grow food but not everyone knows how! Join expert Lori Fontanes for an introductory workshop on the fun and tasty world of edible gardening. The workshop will include everything from the importance of healthy soil, container-friendly crops, raised beds, companion planting, varmint protection, and more. Whether you're trying to learn more about tomatoes or just upgrade your pizza toppings, nothing is more local than your own backyard.

Show details Hide details

BUY: The Skinny on What’s Really in Our Food* (SOLD OUT)

Amy Rosenfeld Small Cafe

Think that the nutrition facts label on packaged foods tells you the whole story? Fuhgeddaboudit…not all food words are created equal. Learn to demystify food labels by understanding what the words on the packaging really mean. A Northern Westchester Hospital registered dietitian will walk you down the grocery aisle, teaching you how to decipher the Nutrition Facts panel, develop a critical eye for portion size and ingredients, and how to better understand what marketing slogans aren’t telling you.
* Workshop recommended for students, but also appropriate for adults.

Show details Hide details

EAT: Food and Resilient Local Economies (SOLD OUT)

Local Farming: A Driver of Strong, Resilient Communities
This panel will explore how, by supporting local sustainable farmers, you can improve the quality of life in the community, support food security and help save the planet. Local agriculture is good for open space, soil health, food security, sustainability, and the local economy! Without local farms, we are completely dependent on the industrial food system, and we allow irresponsible use of our land to the point of no return to farming. How do we build an equitable and ecologically resilient local food system for the future? How can Westchester county meet the economic and social needs of communities while working in partnership with natural systems?

Show details Hide details

SHARE/DON'T WASTE: Feed the Hungry, Local Success Stories

Almost one in five people in Westchester struggles to put food on the table. How is this possible, and what can we do about it? Come learn how organizations in Northern Westchester are tackling this problem. Key players in the field of food justice will share challenges and successes. Find out how you can help tackle hunger in our area.

Moderator: Stephanie E. Kupferman

Show details Hide details

SHARE/DON'T WASTE: Waste Not! (SOLD OUT)

Americans casually throw away huge amounts of food waste each day. Learn from White House presenter and Baldor Specialty Foods’ Executive Thomas McQuillan’s how we can rethink and reuse food waste. Food scraps have value! From companies to communities to households, get educated on how we can take action and turn our community’s food waste into gold.

Show details Hide details
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM EST

Expo & Lunch (ORANGE Lunch Wristband)

Please CHOOSE ONE OF THE 4 AVAILABLE time slots to enjoy lunch (included in your full access registration) and the Expo, which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Healthy Soil, Grow Your Own Food Naturally (SOLD OUT)

You can achieve an abundant garden and fight pests without toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides! Doug DeCandia and Mike Fedison, two of our area’s accomplished farmers, will explain how to feed the soil with homemade recipes for pro-and pre-biotics that go into foliar sprays and soil drenches to produce bountiful harvests. Learn how to combat pests with natural products and beneficial insects that prey on the bugs that eat our plants. Leave with the tools you’ll need for better soil, including recipes for safe and natural homemade remedies to use in your garden.

Show details Hide details

BUY: Smart and Savvy Food Shopping

Learn how to make healthy, nutritious and simple meals out of ingredients from local grocery stores and farmers markets. A chef, nutritionist and budget conscious shopper will guide you from market to table: how to shop seasonally, read labels for nutrition, and maximize value and budget. You will discover the best sources for fresh local food and strategies to make delicious meals that please every palate. Workshop participants will craft their own menus from the demonstration ingredients and will leave as “savvy shoppers.”

Moderator: Chef Quint Smith, Founder, FarmtoTableUS.org

Show details Hide details

EAT: Planet and Plate, Factory Farming’s Impact on the Climate*

There is a complex set of connections between agriculture and climate change: global warming reduces food production, food production generates greenhouse gases, and drilling and transporting fossil fuels threaten farms. Join us for a discussion of the problem and the solutions, and learn how you can get involved in protecting our food and world from climate change.

* Workshop recommended for students, but also appropriate for adults.

Show details Hide details

SHARE/DON'T WASTE: Food Rescue (SOLD OUT)

Local restaurants, stores and other commercial operations throw away thousands of pounds of perfectly good food every day. Can anything be done about it? The answer is YES, and representatives from three non-profits dedicated to reducing both food waste and hunger will explain how they “rescue” food from grocery stores, restaurants and other sources. They and their army of volunteers collect food and redistribute it to people in need. Learn how to support their work and make a difference in addressing hunger in Northern Westchester.

Moderator: Suzi Novak

Show details Hide details

OTHER: The History of Local Food in the Hudson Valley (SOLD OUT)

Join local historians and food movement activists in exploring the past, present and future of farming and eating local. The Hudson Valley is one of the oldest agricultural areas and "eating local" is nothing new! Author and food historian Peter G. Rose will explore the history of eating local in this geographic region from Native Americans to the Dutch. Learn about our area’s agricultural products and the history of their shipment to New York State markets. Explore the 164 year history of the Bedford Farmers Club and what's happening with local agriculture today.

Show details Hide details
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EST

Keynote Address, Michel Nischan

Devin Juros Michel Nischan Large Gym

Michel Nischan, award-winning chef and leader in the sustainable food movement will deliver a midday keynote address focused on resilience and local food. Nischan explains, “Resilience is perhaps the most important word of our time, and there is no better way to express its meaning than through a vibrant, local food system. Bedford 2020 Food Forum is the perfect gathering for people to explore how to connect with resilience through knowledge and networking. From growing, to sourcing, to buying — and even to voting — the Forum is a great place to enhance your pursuit of resilience.”

Introduction by Devin Juros

Show details Hide details
12:45 PM - 1:35 PM EST

Expo & Lunch (PINK Lunch Wristband)

Please CHOOSE ONE OF THE 4 AVAILABLE time slots to enjoy lunch (included in your full access registration) and the Expo, which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Tiny Seeds, Big Differences - Local Seeds Matter (SOLD OUT)

Seeds are one of our most valuable resources and can make all the difference in flavor, nutrition and plant health. Local seeds are disappearing and it is up to gardeners and eaters alike to steward one of our most valuable natural resources. Author and seed expert Shanyn Siegel will lead this conversation about seeds and the history of the seed industry, and how they both impact one of the things most essential to our everyday lives—our food. Shanyn will explain the types of garden seeds available and share options for selecting the best seeds for organic gardens and a resilient regional food system. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the significance of our seed choices and some unusual heirloom seeds to try.

Show details Hide details

BUY: The Westchester Farmer, Challenges and Opportunities

The Westchester Growers Alliance was founded seven years ago to serve and strengthen the local agricultural community. This grassroots organization addresses the economic, social, environmental and education issues that farmers encounter as they start, expand and sustain their operations. Why do they dedicate their lives to small scale local farming?
How can the consumer through their food decisions support these farmsteads? What is the future of farming in Westchester?

Show details Hide details

EAT: Farm Bill 101, What is it and Why Should I Care?

The Federal government spends BILLIONS in taxpayer dollars on ensuring a safe, secure and accessible food supply for the country. But where does our money go and why? In a conversation with Representative Maloney, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, we’ll explore how that money is spent. Find out how federal legislation such as the Farm Bill directly impacts you—from sustainable farming to access to healthy food to your weekly family food budget. Understand how the government feeds our nation, supports New York farmers, impacts the local food system and shapes our community. Learn what’s up for debate in the new congress and specific ways you can get involved.

Show details Hide details

SHARE/DON'T WASTE: Meal Planning and Prep to Reconsider Food Waste: A Cooking Workshop* (SOLD OUT)

It is time to rethink food waste, one vegetable at a time! Experts from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will help us consider what we waste, and enjoy more of what we buy. In this workshop, participants will prepare the ingredients and cook a dish that tells a larger story about food waste.

* Workshop recommended for students but also appropriate for adults.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Backyard to Table: Edible Gardening 101 (JUST ADDED!)

Everyone can grow food but not everyone knows how! Join expert Xenia D'Ambrosi for an introductory workshop on the fun and tasty world of edible gardening. The workshop will include everything from the importance of healthy soil, container-friendly crops, raised beds, companion planting, varmint protection, and more. Whether you're trying to learn more about tomatoes or just upgrade your pizza toppings, nothing is more local than your own backyard.

Show details Hide details
1:45 PM - 2:35 PM EST

Expo & Lunch (PURPLE Lunch Wristband)

Please CHOOSE ONE OF THE 4 AVAILABLE time slots to enjoy lunch (included in your full access registration) and the Expo, which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details

GROW: Bees and Chickens (SOLD OUT)

Suburban backyard micro-farmers are bringing bees and chickens home to roost in exchange for fresh eggs, local honey; a fun, rewarding endeavor! Come hear about the growing trend on how our backyards and community gardens can help drive local, sustainable agriculture and protect our primary pollinators—bees. Find out how you can get started in your own backyard or simply how to share the fruits of your neighbor’s labor!

Show details Hide details

BUY: Know Your Farmer AND Your Farmers Market

Get the inside scoop on how to shop like an insider, sourcing the very best from local farms and farmers markets. Not all markets, farms, produce and farm products are created equal. We will learn what to ask (and not to ask!) your local farmer and how to navigate any farmers market, large or small. Learn to shop to find the best local produce, fruits, dairy, cheese and more!

Moderator: Margaret Gifford, Watervine Impact

Show details Hide details

EAT: Food Lessons, Increasing Healthy Food in Our Schools

School lunch is not the “mystery meat” it used to be but an opportunity to fuel children’s bodies and minds today and teach them to make healthy choices tomorrow. Leading school food practitioners and influencers will help us imagine the possibilities. Learn about barriers, opportunities, equity, and methods to drive change for smarter, healthier choices by both kids and schools.

Moderator: James Marple, InterGenerate board member and West Patent Elementary School garden founder

Show details Hide details

EAT: Local Impact, How to be a Local Food Advocate*

From labeling GMOs to banning fracking, Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit environmental organization, opposes corporate control and abuse of our most vital resources. Join us for a discussion of how to organize a powerful grassroots campaign and make real change in your community. In this session, we’ll identify effective strategies for engaging community members and influencing policymakers to protect our food, water and climate. We will cover topics like writing a letter to the editor, meeting with a legislator/administrator/decision maker, circulating a petition, and more.

*Workshop recommended for students but also appropriate for adults.

Show details Hide details

OTHER: Food, and Doing What You Love*

Do you get so excited about local food that you want to base your career around it? Come hear from local participants in the food system about their careers, how they work together and how they collaborate as part of the whole. Farmers, chefs, buyers, businesses and nonprofits, they all play a role in a sustainable food system.

Moderator: Jill Isenbarger, Executive Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

*Workshop recommended for teens but also appropriate for adults.

Show details Hide details
2:35 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Expo remains open until 3:00PM

We hope you'll take advantage of this extra time to explore the Expo which offers engaging and interactive displays from a variety of vendors and organizations. Expo attendees will interact with and learn from renowned food experts, local farmers, chefs and restaurateurs, agriculture policy makers, health and wellness experts, farm market and CSA organizers, food-sharing organizations, school groups, local value-added product producers, backyard gardeners, and many more.

Show details Hide details