Thursday, February 25, 2010

Last Chance to Sign Up for Just Food's 10th Annual CSA Conference

The USDA launched its "Know Your Farmer Know Your Food" campaign recently and they clearly had Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in mind as a model for successful direct- to- consumer farm-to-table sales of local food.

This weekend, the experts in CSAs in New York City, Just Food, are holding a conference with 20 workshops, a farmers panel and locavore food expo on the Upper West Side (so close to my apartment that I can walk)

Get your ticket now before it sells out (meet some farmers and learn about the food).

Sponsored by: Just Food and Teachers College, Columbia University

When: Sunday 2/28 from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Where: Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street, New York

Cost: Tickets range from $25 - $100

Click here for registration and more info

Morning Workshops:

  • Fruit Production in the Northeast
  • Developing Effective Relationships between Farmers and Core Groups
  • The Healing Properties of Food
  • USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative
  • Keeping CSA Members Engaged Throughout the Season
  • An Overview of Racism in the Food System
  • CSA: Building a Firm Foundation For New Farms
  • The Locavore Way

Afternoon Mini-sessions

  • Cooking Demos at Your CSA
  • No Farms, No Food Rally
  • Donating Your CSA's Extra Food
  • CSA and Composting: Completing the Food Cycle

Afternoon Workshops

  • From City Soil to Fork: The Urban Grower's CSA
  • CSAs at Work
  • Labor on CSA Farms
  • CSA for Everyone: An Overview
  • Caring For Your Share
  • Hosting Successful CSA Events

Farmer Panel

Galen Ballentine of The Ant Hill Farm, Deborah Kavakosof Stoneledge Farm, Chris Cashen of The Farm at Miller's Crossing and Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms (read more about Sang Lee here)


Jimmy's No. 43, Breezy Hill Orchard/Knoll Kreset Farm, The Piggery, Raindance Organic Farm, Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery, Cooperstown Cheese Co, Argyle Cheese Farm and Brookside Farm, Magui's Artisanal Chocolates, and Grandaisy Bakery

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