Session 1 Workshops | Community Food Projects

Category | Community Food Projects

Food Hubs: Making it Work in NYC
Room: Cowin Auditorium 

Challey Comer (Moderator)
Chief of Staff, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Olivia Blanchflower
Director of Wholesale and Distribution, GrowNYC

Dara Cooper
Director of NYC Food and Fitness Partnership, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Julie Stein
Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Dennis Derryck
Professor of Professional Practice at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, New School for Public Engagement

Didi Barrett
New York State Assemblymember, District 106

Across the country, food hubs are helping to meet the increasing demand of a wide variety of consumers and buyers for locally farmed and sourced food. But what about here in NYC? Can a model as innovative as food hubs be sustainable as well as successful in our urban communities while fostering strong linkages between upstate and downstate? This panel will explore the work of local and regional groups who are starting food hubs in the city including the challenges and successes they face in scaling up while holding to their socially driven missions.


Foundations for Success: Growing a Community Based Food Project
Room: HM 148

Sarita Daftary
Food Dignity Project Consultant and Project Director (former), East New York Farms! 

Paula Lukats
Program Director, Just Food

The first steps you take in creating a project to bring good food to your community can lay the groundwork for success over time. This workshop will explore how to start and sustain a strong community based food project using frameworks and examples from Just Food and East New York Farms!

ENYF Retrospective Case Study
ENYF Lessons Learned


Youth Leadership in the Movement
Room: HM 140

Glenda Ullari
Bushwick Campus Farm Manager and School Liaison, Ecostation:NY

Iyeshima Harris
Co-manager & Summer Internship Coordinator, Ecostation:NY 

Kristina Erskine
Co-manager & Social Media Coordinator, Ecostation:NY

Through sharing the personal experience of EcoStation:NY’s former youth leaders that are now co managers, this workshop will cover the importance and challenges of multi generational staff and youth perspective. Any questions involving youth in the movement will also be addressed as an open group conversation.

Community Food Projects