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  • From: ASFisher@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 14:27:34 EDT

More details and registration forms on CFSC website in two weeks, 
www.foodsecurity.org. Or e-mail cfsc@foodsecurity.org to receive a conference 

Andy Fisher

Community Food Security Coalition’s Fifth Annual Conference

Taking Back the Food System: Strategies for Healthy Food, Farms, and 

October 6-9, 2001 Washington, DC, Washington Plaza Hotel

Co-sponsors:  Capital Area Food Bank, The Urban Agriculture Network, 
Community Harvest, Garden Resources of Washington, Humane Society of the 
United States


Timed to coincide with the legislative process surrounding the Farm Bill, 
this year’s conference focuses on the importance of policy-at all levels- in 
building healthy farms, communities and food systems. The plenaries, keynote, 
various workshops and a short course all delve into food security-related 
policy issues. We hope that you will take this opportunity to immerse 
yourself in this field, as well as to help us gain greater political support 
by educating your Congressional representatives on the afternoon of Tuesday 
October 9.

Within the community food security movement, individuals are engaged in a 
myriad of activities related to transforming the food system: developing 
projects; advocating for policy; conducting community organizing; building 
coalitions and networks; and educating consumers about local food. To help us 
better understand how these activities interconnect, we have adopted the 
metaphor of food system warriors, builders, and weavers as a theme for this 
conference. As Steve Stevenson of the University of Wisconsin (our moderator 
for both plenaries) describes, the term "warriors" refers to those who 
contest the corporate model of the food system primarily in the political 
arena. "Builders" are those seek to create alternative food enterprises and 
operate in the economic sector. "Weavers" focus on building connections among 
warriors and builders, including creating conceptual frameworks.    

The opening plenary will feature four inspiring activists who integrate 
warrior, builder, and weaver activities into their everyday work. They are 
all engaged in creating on-the-ground projects, but also focused on political 
change through community organizing, coalition building, and policy advocacy. 
Their work focuses on farm to school, community gardening, community economic 
development, and community kitchens. 

Monday’s breakfast keynote features Gus Schumacher, former Undersecretary for 
Farm and Foreign Agriculture, and ex-commissioner of Agriculture in 
Massachusetts. Mr. Schumacher was one of the original founders of the 
Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and played a key role in gaining approval 
for the Seniors FMNP. He is currently involved with building markets for new 
immigrant farmers. 

In the closing roundtable discussion on Tuesday, the presenters will discuss 
how federal policy can play a crucial role in supporting or hindering local 
efforts to build a healthy food system. They will discuss the importance of 
federal policy in scaling up grassroots efforts to effect fundamental change 
in the food system. The presenters are leading national figures in 
sustainable agriculture, community gardening, and federal nutrition policy

Robert Egger, DC Central Kitchen
Hank Herrera, NE Neighborhood Alliance, Rochester, NY
Michelle Mascarenhas, Occidental College, LA, CA
Mohammed Nuru, City of San Francisco Department of Public Works, SF, CA
Rhonda Perry, MO Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO
Julie Paradis, Former Deputy Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consuemr 
Mark Ritchie, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN
Karen Washington, Garden of Happiness, NY NY


Saturday October 6, 8 am –5 pm
Tuscarora Organic Growers Marketing Cooperative
Chesapeake Regional Food System

Sunday October 7, 2001  8 am –12 pm
Health and Vitality of Regional Aquaculture,
Gardens of DC Tour

Building Healthy Communities Through Strong Food Policy
Presenters: Mark Winne and Deb Lippoldt, Hartford Food System, Hartford, CT; 
Kate Clancy, Henry A. Wallace Center, Winrock Institute, Arlington, VA; Neil 
Hamilton, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, IA

HOW TO GROW (a regional) FOOD (system)
Presenters: Hank Herrera, NorthEast Neighborhood Alliance, Rochester, NY; 
Cindy Gentry, Association of Arizona Foodbanks, Phoenix, AZ; Hugh Joseph, 
Tufts University, Medford, MA   

"Farmers, Food and Fun: Celebration of Local Foods in the Heart of DC"
Sunday, October 7, 6:30-9:30  Josephine Butler Community Center

Capitol Hill Reception
Tuesday, October, 9 11 am – 1 pm  


  Healthy Food, Farms and Communities through the Strategic Marketing 
Initiatives of the SuperMarket Project and Rural Coalition’s Grassroots 
Policy Campaign
  Healthy Communities  from the Inside Out: Creating Community Food Security 
Projects that are self-sustaining 
  Using Participatory Methods to Assess Community Food Security
  Institutional Buying of Local Foods: How Supermarkets, Hotels and 
Restaurants can buy locally grown foods
  All you need to know about effective advocacy on Capitol Hill
  From Farm to College Dining Hall
  A Summer for Seniors: The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
  Lessons  from Toronto
  Most of us Aren’t Donella
  Understanding the Role of Organics within the Context of Community Food 
  Good Food for Healthy Communities
  Healthy Communities through Growing Healthy Food
  Community-led Response to Improve Food Access in Bayview Hunter's Point
• Policy Challenges to Linking Schools, Farms, and Communities 
  Building a National Media Campaign for Community Food Security

Rooms are available at the Washington Plaza Hotel at the rate of $119 for 
single or double occupancy from Saturday October 6th through Tuesday October 
9th. The number of rooms offered at this rate are limited and available on a 
first-come first-serve basis. To guarantee your hotel accomodations at this 
rate, contact Washington Plaza at 800-424-1140 before September 15. You must 
use reference number: 0467. 

The registration fee for the conference is $195. Short courses are $30. The 
Chesapeake Regional Food System, Regional Aquaculture, and Tuscarora Co-op 
field trips on Saturday are $40. The DC Gardens tour is $20. CFSC members 
receive a discount of $25, and registrations RECEIVED  by September 14 are 
eligible for an early discount of $20. Become a member for only $35, and 
receive a one year subscription to CFS News newsletter, and become eligible 
to save $25 off your registration costs! One day registrations are also 
available at $80 for Sunday or Monday (not including field trips or short 
courses), and $50 for Tuesday (early registration and membership discounts do 
not apply to these rates).

We have limited funds for conference fee waivers. First priority will be 
given to low-income community members and farmers. Lower priority will be 
given to staff of organizations with limited resources, students, and other 
interested parties. Please check our website or call our office for a 
scholarship form. All scholarship requests must be received by September 14.

Conference Schedule

Saturday October 6
8 :00 – 5:00        Tuscarora and Chesapeake Food System Field trips

Sunday October 7
8:00-12:00      DC Gardens and Regional Aquaculture Field Trips
9:00-12:00      Short courses
12:15-1:15      New to community food security? Orientation 
1:45-3:45       Plenary 
4:15-5:45       Workshops
6:30-9:30       Farmers, Food and Fun Reception 

Monday October 8
8:30-9:15       Keynote address
9:30-11:00      Town hall meeting   
11:15-12:45         Workshops
2:15-3:45       Workshops
4:15-5:45       Workshops

Tuesday October 9, 2001
7:45-8:45       Committee meetings
9:00-10:30      Plenary
10:30-11:30     Transportation to Capitol Hill
11:30-1:00      Congressional Reception
Afternoon       Visits with Congressmembers

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