The second annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference will "connect growers, eaters, and organizations across the country to nurture the health and well-being of Black America and the environment as a whole."
Attendees will explore issues of race, class, health, and food through panel discussions, workshops, films, and conversations. Resources will be shared. Ideas will be pollinated. Solutions will be born.
A kickoff networking fundraiser, "An Evening with Our Leaders in the Field," will be held Friday, October 14th at Kiosk Restaurant (80 East 116th St) in Harlem; seating is limited.
The keynote and all workshops will be held on Saturday, October 15th, at Hostos Community College in Bronx, New York (map).
Presenting keynote addresses will be Audrey Rowe, Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Rashid Nuri, Founder and Chief Executive of Atlanta GA's Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.
On Sunday, October 16th, the conference continues with Farm and Garden Tours in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Newark. (Note: a Bronx farm tour will take place during Saturday's lunch break)
The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference is organized by Black Urban Growers (BUGs), an organization committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, BUGs is working to nurture collective black leadership to ensure a seat at the table.
New York City Community Garden Coalition is proud to be returning as a supporter and sponsor of this event.