Session 2 | Community-Led Food Projects

Setting the Table for Authentic Engagement: A Learning by Doing Workshop

Room: HM 424

This hands-on, highly interactive and fun! workshop will strengthen participants’ abilities to engage across differences in order to build trust, cultivate meaningful relationships and foster communal ownership of a process or project. Come learn how to get and keep stakeholders at the table.

Speakers: Sheila Gordon, Co-founder, We Run Brownsville; Dionne Grayman, Co-founder, We Run Brownsville


Breaking the Chains: Disrupting the Twin Industries of Food and Mass Incarceration


Hear the voices of those with lived experience in the criminal justice system in conversation with the urban and rural farmers who are engaged in innovative programming to take back control of our land and the sovereignty of our communities. Learn about these ongoing partnerships for community self-determination and the models they offer to support those who have been formerly incarcerated as well as their families.

Speakers: Leah Penniman, Co-Director, Soul Fire Farm; Jalal Sabur, Farmer, Educator, Sweet Freedom Farm; Sheryll Durrant, Farm Coordinator, New Roots Community Farm, International Rescue Committee (IRC); Resident Garden Manager, Kelly Street Garden; William Jett, Zero Waste Program, GrowNYC; Darren Mack, Program Coordinator, Center for Justice at Columbia University



Community Food Projects