Participants will have the opportunity to attend two workshops during the Just Food Conference. Workshop titles and descriptions will be posted here and participants will select two at registration on September 22, 2016.
New Ark Farms: The Challenges and Goals of Applying Regenerative Design to Agriculture and Urban Renewal
New Ark Farms is an agricultural company that hires chronically underemployed Newark residents and trains them in holistic orchard and crop management. This workshop explores New Ark Farms’ regenerative approach to agriculture, workforce development, and urban renewal—an approach that is based on the understanding that, in soils and cities, capacity for self-renewal is only possible when conditions are created that allow microscopic soil life and socially marginalized urban residents to thrive. Charles Rosen & Fran McManus
Voice of the Farmworker, From the Shadows to the Light
Have you ever jumped on a bus to work not knowing where you are going? Have you ever had to pay for the hope of landing a job? Voice of the Farmworker will focus on sharing the journey of bringing transparency to farmworker recruitment practices for major agricultural supply chains. It will also illumine the dangers and fears that workers face to bring us the food we eat every day. We will learn about the problems that exist in our food system as well as the solutions CIERTO aims to provide by bringing everyone into the reality of where our food is sourced and who sources it. CIERTO brings the voice of the farmworker from the shadow to the light. Ultimately, we can help the consumer make the best decisions that help those who feed us! Joe Martinez
Make the Connection: Leveraging Local Networks to Feed the Hungry
Mercer Street Friends Food Bank has dramatically increased its fresh, local produce offerings over the last two years by strategically partnering with local for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. In this workshop participants will learn how Mercer Street Friends has done this and then consider possibilities for implementing similar strategies to increase outreach, participation or support. In the light of Mercer Street Friends’ success, workshop participants will explore their own local relationships; challenges and opportunities in making new connections; forging relationships in unlikely places; and the importance of a faith-based mission. During discussions participants should plan to share examples of obstacles they have faced, success stories, and dreams for the future. Kyle D. Williams
The Black Clergy Wellness Initiative: Utilizing Agriculture to (Re)Connect the Black Faith-Based Community to Wellness
This workshop explores Sandy K’s Black Clergy Wellness Initiative (BCWI) and its innovative approach to creating a culture of wellness in America’s black faith-based community – by FIRST improving Black CLERGY’S self-wellness as a catalyst. Participants will learn how the BCWI’s focus on farms and agriculture is (re)connecting, (re)defining and (re)strengthening these influential Clergy leaders’ relationship to “God’s Green Earth”, the nutritional foods of local and sustainable agriculture, and, in turn, their own wellness. Discussion will also include issues of health disparity, food and social justice, cultural competency, social entrepreneurship and faith-ing it! Sandra “Sandy K” Kimbrough
The Growing Church: Visions for the Future of Ministry
For decades, the church has been in numeric decline. As people leave the institution, many have come up with “church growth” strategies, supposed quick fixes to a problem with deep roots. But for many in recent years, the answer has not been in trying to grow the church, but in having a church that grows; growing fruit, growing vegetables, and growing community. We will take a look at some of these “new” models based in ancient wisdom and begin to dream of a church that feeds people in the midst of food deserts, calms anxious minds by putting hands to the soil, and reconnects us to our original vocation as tenders of God’s creation. Rev. Derrick Weston
More to workshops to be announced.