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call for proposals for CFSC conference

Fourth annual conference of the Community Food Security Coalition
Santa Fe, NM October 29-31

Proposal deadline: Received by May 20.

The Community Food Security Coalition seeks proposals for sessions at its
annual conference in Santa Fe, NM October 29-31.

Proposals should highlight presentations in specific areas in food, farming
and hunger or bring together diverse aspects of the food system to examine an
entire issue.  We are looking for presentations on the following topics
(note--these are not tracks):

1. Policy
Local food policy and coalitions
National policy related to food security

2. Agriculture and Rural-Urban issues
Community food security in rural areas
Direct marketing (farmers' markets, CSA, etc.)
Global food system trends and impacts on local communities
Minority farming

3. Youth and communities
Community Food Project lessons/issues/barriers
Community participation in project design and implementation
Food access, supermarkets, transportation in low income communities
Food and schools
Food security/ food systems assessments
Food-related Community (economic) development
Food-related education
Urban agriculture especially in low income communities
Youth food production/processing

4. Concepts and Constituencies
Community food systems/local food systems/foodsheds
Conceptual issues around food security, food systems, sustainable agriculture
& anti-hunger
Food banking/anti-hunger work and community food security
Food security and environmental justice
Food, farming, and nutrition issues among Native Americans
Outreach to non-traditional constituencies

5. Regional Issues
Food security issues unique to New Mexico and the Southwest and their p the
capacity of organizations to develop successful food projects

Presentation format

We encourage innovative formats and interactive sessions, with adequate time
for dialogue with attendees. We also encourage sessions that lead to a
specific outcome, and that are linked to the activities of the Community Food
Security Coalition, or building a food security movement.

Here are some session formats to consider:

   Panel presentations
   Skills-building sessions that help participants develop their capacity
for action in the project, organizing, media, or policy realms.
   Discussion groups
   Workshops in which attendees actively participate

Expect a very diverse audience in terms of occupation. They include
anti-hunger activists, policy-makers, farmers, emergency food providers,
faith-based community representatives, environmentalists, community based orga
nization activists, community residents, community gardeners, nutritionists,
extension agents, sustainable agriculture activists, food system and food
security organizational representatives, chefs, researchers/academics,
students, funders, and others engaged in building a sustainable food system.

Session details
All sessions will be 90 minutes in length. Expect approximately 15-50
attendees per session.

Format of proposals
Please use the following format in your proposal.

1. Name of contact person, organization, address, city, state, zip, phone,
2. Name and organization of other presenters in your session.
3. Type of session (see above)
4. AV needs (slide or transparency projector only)
5. Title of session
6. 200 word description of the presentation, including main points and goals.
Explain what you would like the audience to learn. If your workshop is
accepted, your description will be included in an edited form in the
conference program.
7. Brief bios of presenters (one paragraph or less only). No resumes or
multi-page CVs please.

You may mail, fax, or e-mail your proposal. If e-mailing from a Mac, save
your files in word 5.1, or from a PC, as an RTF file. We can't guarantee that
documents saved in other formats will be accepted.

Send your proposals to:

Community Food Security Coalition
PO Box 209
Venice CA 90294
Fax: 310-822-1440

All presenters will be expected to pay their own registration fees and travel
costs. Fee waivers may be available for low-income presenters only. 

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