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  • Highlighting farm to institution events and workshops around New England and beyond. Want to see your event listed here? Email Sarah Lyman. You might also find useful our Resource Database.

  • An Introduction to the 2022 Census of Agriculture

    | Noon ET | Virtual

    In February 2024, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, spanning more than 6 million data points about America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them down to the county level. Agricultural Census data provide information about  demographics, economics, land use and activities on U.S. farms and ranches and are used in analyses by Federal agencies and researchers across the United States.  This webinar from C-FARE will provide an overview of the 2022 Census of Agriculture and present two studies that have used the data in research of interest to the Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics community. Hear from Bryan Combs, Chief of Staff, Office of the Administrator - USDA – NASS; Ani Katchova, Professor and Farm Income Enhancement Chair – The Ohio State University; and Anil Giri, Research Agricultural Economist – USDA - ERS.

    Complexities of Partnership: Important Partner Conversations for Your Food or Farming Business

    | 2 pm CST | Virtual

    Extension Specialist James Pyecroft and Extension Cooperative Development Specialist Kelly Maynard will share best practices in partnership conversations from Wisconsin cooperative businesses.

    Halal on the tray: equitable access to Maine’s universal school meals

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    Join this webinar to learn how the Halal School Meals Network is working with community members, schools, and other partners to bring halal meals to students in Cumberland County, Maine. Speakers Rose Barboza, Firdaws Hakizimana, and Zoe Grodsky will share the process and lessons learned from the network’s efforts to ensure that Muslim students who observe halal have equitable access to Maine’s universal school meals through the implementation of a certified halal program. They will discuss community education and outreach, halal foodservice training and oversight, and how they are developing community trust and support. You will leave this webinar with a greater understanding of the role of culturally connected foods in institutions and ideas for community-centered farm to institution.

    USDA Tribal Barriers Consultation and Listening Session: Education & Research

    | 2 pm - 5:30 pm ET | Virtual

    The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) would like to encourage all Tribal leaders and Indian Country stakeholders to register and attend the sessions to ensure Tribal perspectives are represented and addressed. This year's consultation and listening sessions will be held virtually during the week of April 22, 2024 from 2:00 - 5:30 pm (EST), with the first hour reserved for tribal-only caucus.

    Introducing Online EBT with Local Food Marketplace & Forage

    | 11 am PT (2 pm ET) | Virtual

    Local Food Marketplace and Forage have teamed up to support Online EBT on the Local Food Marketplace platform. We'll conduct a live demo, answer all of your questions about Online EBT, explain the timeline and next steps and more. Presenters also include Activate Food Arizona. Learn more about Online SNAP through LFM: https://home.localfoodmarketplace.com/onlinesnap/

    USDA Tribal Barriers Consultation and Listening Session: Forests & Public Lands Management

    | 2 pm - 5:30 pm ET | Virtual

    The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) would like to encourage all Tribal leaders and Indian Country stakeholders to register and attend the sessions to ensure Tribal perspectives are represented and addressed. This year's consultation and listening sessions will be held virtually during the week of April 22, 2024 from 2:00 - 5:30 pm (EST), with the first hour reserved for tribal-only caucus.

    USDA Tribal Barriers Consultation and Listening Session: Farming, Ranching, and Conservation

    | 2 pm - 5:30 pm ET | Virtual

    The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) would like to encourage all Tribal leaders and Indian Country stakeholders to register and attend the sessions to ensure Tribal perspectives are represented and addressed. This year's consultation and listening sessions will be held virtually during the week of April 22, 2024 from 2:00 - 5:30 pm (EST), with the first hour reserved for tribal-only caucus.

    USDA Tribal Barriers Consultation and Listening Session: Economic Development

    | 2 pm - 5:30 pm ET | Virtual

    The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) would like to encourage all Tribal leaders and Indian Country stakeholders to register and attend the sessions to ensure Tribal perspectives are represented and addressed. This year's consultation and listening sessions will be held virtually during the week of April 22, 2024 from 2:00 - 5:30 pm (EST), with the first hour reserved for tribal-only caucus.

    A Call to Redistribute Resources and Power: Race Equity Dialogue in the Agrifood Business Space

    | 3 pm ET | Virtual

    This national webinar marks the beginning of an effort to diversify the food and ag system leaders pipeline, exploring the question, “What does and what should food systems leadership look like?” In recent years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has significantly increased its investment in food supply chain infrastructure development, most recently establishing Regional Food Business Centers. This interactive webinar will be hosted in collaboration with Coming Together for Racial Understanding and will share frameworks and tools for engaging in difficult conversations, such as transforming debate to dialogue, understanding power dynamics and its role in trust-building, and levels of oppression and change. A dynamic panel of presenters includes Livia Marqués, Co-Founder and Coordinator of Justice Through Food; Jerry Ann Hebron, Executive Director of Oakland Avenue Urban Farm; and Alexis Racelis, Director of the Agroecology and Resilient Food Systems Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

    USDA Tribal Barriers Consultation and Listening Session: Food, Safety, and Trade

    | 2 pm - 5:30 pm ET | Virtual

    The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) would like to encourage all Tribal leaders and Indian Country stakeholders to register and attend the sessions to ensure Tribal perspectives are represented and addressed. This year's consultation and listening sessions will be held virtually during the week of April 22, 2024 from 2:00 - 5:30 pm (EST), with the first hour reserved for tribal-only caucus.

    Our Food Is Medicine - Who Holds Power in the Business Case for Food As Medicine?

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Join the Corbin Hill Food Project for a virtual conversation in Our Food Is Medicine webinar series: "Who Holds Power in the Business Case for Food as Medicine?” on Monday, April 29 at 2-3:30 EST. Panelists will examine how the current Food is Medicine landscape is being shaped by those in power and its potential community, agriculture, healthcare, economic, and policy implications. Envision with us a different FAM reality shaped by a community and grassroots lens where all our communities can be healthier, wealthier, and thrive. 

    Developing Pollinator Curriculum for Schools

    | 7 pm ET | Virtual

    Massachusetts Pollinator Network Monthly meeting “Developing Pollinator Curriculum for Schools,” with Jocelyn Demuth of Checkerspot Farm.

    Farm to ECE State Surveys: The Why and How of State Surveys with Examples from Successful States

    | 2 pm ET | Virtual

    Experts, farmers and educators will share success stories, innovations, or opportunities in Farm to ECE. Part of the Farm to ECE 2024 webinar series from the Association of the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

    How New England Collaborates on Farm to School Policy Towards 30 x 30

    | 1 pm ET | Virtual

    Over the past 6 years, a network of Farm to School and other food systems advocates in New England and New York have been collaborating deeply to create a policy platform and skill set that is now bearing fruit in powerful ways across the region. Recently, three states have passed Universal School Meals policies, five states have passed Farm to School and Early Childhood grant programs, and four states passed Local Food Purchasing Incentive programs. Join us to hear the story of how these policies came to be, the regional collaboration that supports their development, and how these policies are working together to increase food access, local purchasing, equity, and food education. With guest presenters: Dawn Crayco, FoodCorps; Renee Page, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area; and Betsy Rosenbluth, Vermont FEED.

    NH Food System Statewide Gathering

    | The Barn on the Pemi in Plymouth, NH

    The NH Food System Statewide Gathering is an annual event hosted by the NH Food Alliance that brings together individuals, businesses, and organizations from across sectors who are dedicated to growing an improved local food system that works for all in the Granite State: people, businesses, communities, and the environment.

    Maine School Garden Day 2024

    | Kingfield Elementary, Kingfield, ME

    A day-long conference tailored for school garden enthusiasts with an optional second day of activities! Accommodations available.

    Northeast Disability & Agriculture Conference

    | 10 am - 3 pm | Simsbury, CT

    This year's conference from Healing By Growing Farms, themed, "My Voice, My Narrative" promises to be an impactful one with the goal of reaching participants from across the Northeast and beyond. Our theme focuses on the intersection of mental health, suicide prevention, united voices, disability and land access for marginalized communities. We aim to connect historically disadvantaged new growers with faith-based organizations that have unused land they can donate to survivors to turn them into foodscapes and healing gardens. This initiative will empower individuals with ALL abilities to heal through agriculture and grow food for themselves and those in need. Free to attend; registration required.

    National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference 2024

    - | Washington, DC

    The National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, sponsored by the Food Research & Action Center, and in cooperation with the National CACFP Forum, will be held June 3-5, 2024 in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of anti-hunger advocates will join from across the country to attend content-rich sessions, learn legislative best practices, explore innovative advocacy methods, and form personal connections to help better fight hunger in their communities. 

    2024 AASHE Sustainability Education Forum

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    The Forum from Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is a pivotal space for discussions that will shape the future of sustainability education in higher education. What and how do we teach students given the urgency of the times? How do we “fall-forward” on issues related to sustainability teaching and learning in higher education? Are higher education institutions simply reverting to how things were done pre-pandemic or can we use this opportunity to truly redesign systems? 

    We the Land! A Gathering For Indigenous, Black, & Brown Earth Workers, Land Stewards & Farmers

    - | Northampton, MA

    We the Land! is an invitation to our community to join us for a weekend of knowledge exchange, grassroots organizing, celebration, and ceremony and marks the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust’s first in-person gathering since 2019. 

    Boston Local Food Festival

    | 11 am - 5 pm ET | Boston, MA

    Calling all of New England's masterful food makers – chefs, fishermen, farmers, and food artisans! Join culinary craftsman for the 2024 Boston Local Food Festival on Sunday, September 15th! We will savor the flavors of Massachusetts and beyond. From chef demos to a Family Fun Zone and a thrilling seafood throw-down, there's something for everyone. Early Bird vendor discount ends May 31. Save the date and get ready to savor the flavors of our region! Rain date: September 22nd.

    AASHE 2024 Conference & Expo

    - | Virtual; and in Anaheim, CA

    This is the premiere event for sustainability in higher education. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) welcomes faculty, staff, students, and all types of change agents to gather for compelling presentations and discussions on accelerating sustainability in higher education. #AASHE2024 is your opportunity to collaborate with colleagues who understand the intricacies of the challenges you face in advancing sustainability at your institution.