As a writer/advocate/volunteer turned Advisory Board member of New York's non-profit Just Food (and, of course, a huge fan of their programs and events), I want all my readers to be the first to know about Just Food's upcoming CSA conference at Teachers College. If it's anything like Just Food's past conferences this is a must attend event!
As an aside, I credit Just Food's Molly Norton (former Food Justice Coordinator), Paula Lukats (CSA guru), Angela Davis (Community Education and also an Institute of Integrative Nutrition grad), Nadia Johnson (current Food Justice Coordinator) and Executive Director Jacquie Berger for getting me more deeply involved in city farming and community supported agriculture as well as food policy, food justice and local agricultural issues. (Truth be told, without their inspiration and enthusiasm my nutrition counseling, and food writing career might have taken a completely different direction.)
NOTE: This event will sell out so get your tickets now and consider a donation if you can afford it. Tickets start at $25 ($15 for students/fixed income) and includes what should be a tasty and locavore-friendly nibbles!!!
CSA in NYC Conference
Sunday, March 08, 2009
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
The Just Food Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in NYC Conference is an opportunity for CSA members from around the city and farmers to come together for a day of workshops and discussion. Workshop topics will include: a discussion on CSA and food stamps, agricultural policy issues, preserving your CSA bounty and many more. There will also be a panel discussion with CSA farmers when attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to learn more about what it means to be a CSA farmer.
The Conference will be followed by a CSA EXPO where members, farmers and other NYC organizations will share information and expertise on growing your CSA and enjoy socializing over complimentary wine, beer, and cheese.