Opening Remarks & Food Talks

Opening Remarks
Just Food

Farm School NYC

The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University


The McKinley Hightower-Beyah Award

The The McKinley Hightower-Beyah Award was created in 2008 to commemorate and celebrate a dear friend of Just Food and his lifelong commitment to community service, education, urban agriculture, and social justice. Each year, this award honors New York City youth who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their community through their involvement in urban agriculture and food justice work. 

Presented To: Lennox Duncan


Food Talks

Four food movement leaders will kick off the 2017 Just Food Conference with their inspiring stories of community action and change. 

Onika Abraham, Director, Farm School NYC: "What Every Farmer Needs to Know" 

Yadira GarciaCommunity Foodtivist, Happy Healthy Latina LLC: "In the Fight For Food Equity: What is the Real Impact of Creating a Gleaning Network?" 

Iyeshima Harris, Coordinator, Youth Food Justice Network, and Kristina Erskine, Youth Organizer, Community Food Advocates: "Understanding Individual Vs. Systemic Responsibilites" 

Qiana MickiePolicy and Advocacy Director / Network Manager, Just Food: "We the People!" 

Plenary & Keynote