Session 1 Workshops | Food Business & Economy

Biting the Big Apple

Room: HM 432

Fortune’s workshop will provide an overview on how we developed and implemented a comprehensive Culinary Arts training program designed for formerly incarcerated individuals. We will also discuss Fortune’s nutrition programming, the importance of cultural competence and making focusing on healthy food relevant to low income populations. Some basic skills Culinary Arts participants learn in the program will be taught through a hands-on demonstration. Afterward, Culinary Arts graduates will discuss their own experiences working in the industry.


Speakers: Judy De La Cruz, Training Coordinator, The Fortune Society; Jaime McBeth, M.S., RDN, Manager of Food and Nutrition, The Fortune Society




Panel: Collaborative Local Food Purchasing: Healthy Communities, Healthy Choices

ROOM: HM 138

Getting healthy food into communities can come through different models. This workshop will focus on how community based organizations with social missions engage with community and create relationships with a wholesaler to get healthy, affordable food in volume. The workshop will highlight how community based organizations strive to meet their missions, have utilized collective food purchasing to bring healthy, affordable food to their programs , and foster community leadership.


Moderator: Lindsey Scalera, Farm to Institution Campaign Director, Ecology Center Panelists: Nicole Tucker, Program Coordinator, Fresh FoodBox, GrowNYC; Kendall Jackman, Leader and Co-Founder, Stirring Up Community Change; Afia Bediako, MPH Community Health Advocate, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation; Taisy Conk, Director, Community Food Action, New Settlement Apartments; Rachel Gill, Kitchen Manager, BronxWorks; Beth Bainbridge, MPH, RDN, Program Manager, Go!Healthy Eat Smart New York Program, The Children’s Aid Society








The Future of the Food Movement:  Exploring the Barriers to Achieving Food Sovereignty from Growers to Consumers

Room: HM 424

Description:  Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: why aren’t most small farms surviving without major subsidies from off-farm income? If stricter regulations like food safety drive up the cost of doing business, how can small producers make a living wage? If US workers do not want to work on farms and the flow from abroad is grinding to a halt, who will do farm work? Confronting the practical realities of achieving these goals can be frustrating, complex, and make everyone’s eyes glaze over — but with the collective energy of our movement, solutions are within our reach! Elizabeth Henderson from NOFA-NY, Jessica Culley from the Farmworker Support Committee and Ben Shute from Hearty Roots Farm will lead this hard-hitting discussion on the future of the food movement

Speakers:  Elizabeth Henderson, Farmer at Peacework Farm and Author; Benjamin Shute, Farmer, Hearty Roots Farm; Jessica CulleyGeneral Coordinator, CATA



Hyper Local : Radical Food Based Worker Cooperatives

Room: HM 140

There are growing number of folks of color that are creating businesses that intersect between food, justice, and social entrepreneurship within the five boroughs. This workshop will highlight two worker cooperatives: Woke Foods, a women owned organic, vegan catering business that offers the healing traditions of Dominican food and brooklyn Packers, a holistic produce packing and distribution company. This workshop will offer attendees a chance to learn more about worker cooperative principles in action on the “hyper local” scale and explore if this model can benefit their own business ideas.


Moderator: Hnin W. Hnin, Co-Director,  Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED)

Speakers: Steph Wiley, Member, Brooklyn Packers; Jahmekya Birhan, Member, Brooklyn Packers; Ysanet Batista, Member, Woke Foods; Merelis Catalina Ortiz, Member, Woke Foods




The Evolving CSA Landscape: Presentation and conversation about CSA and Good Food Farmers Network as a developing, complimentary model

Room: HM 433

This workshop will include a discussion of the evolving CSA landscape in the Hudson Valley and NYC and a presentation about Good Food Farmers Network (GFF), a farmer-owned, farmer-led box program focused on supporting small-scale and beginning farmers. GFF was founded in 2014 and received a SARE grant in 2015 in order to be further developed as a replicable model for other farming communities to utilize. Details of the pros and cons as well as the start-up experience will be shared with discussion to follow.  

SpeakersHilary Corsun, Good Food Farmers Network, founding farmer & Dog Wood Farm, co-owner/manager; William Denner, Farmer, Little Seed Gardens





Unlikely Partners: How can businesses & Community NGO's partner to build healthy communities?

Room: HM 150 

Public private partnerships can be one of the most effective ways for communities to build health and economic prosperity, particularly in an ever shifting social services policy environment. however, creating a partnership can be daunting for both sides. Now more than ever, business and their partners are leaning on one another’s expertise and innovation, and not just philanthropy, to solve community challenges. Relationships have become more than a “name only” or funding association between organizations. This workshop will showcase local and national examples of businesses and their crosssector partners engaging in long-term collaborations to strengthen city and neighborhood economic vitality. Workshop participants will gain tools and confidence to craft successful public-private partnerships in their own community.


Moderator:  Margaret Gifford, Founder, Watervine Impact

Speakers:  Delaney Gracy, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Children’s Health Fund; Melanie Masarin, Creative Director, Dig Inn; Jill Kaplan, Senior Director of External Affairs, Hot Bread Kitchen; Bonnie Nesbitt, Community Development Officer, LISC-NYC; Daniel FitzgeraldVice President of Daily Operations, The Bronx Hot Sauce; Elyse Cohen, Senior Director, Health and Wellness Programs; Executive Director, Health Means Business Campaign






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