Session 2 | Nuts & Bolts: Organizational & Project Development

Storytime, Intersecting African and Indigenous People's Stories with Garden Education and Academic Subject Matters

ROOM: HM 140

What stories do we tell our youth of color? Do these stories affirm and empower their being while growing their intellect? One negative consequence of colonialism is the disconnection of people of color from their past and oral traditions. Storytelling is one way we transmit culture, morality, and knowledge. In this workshop we will critique an original lesson that uses an ancient African story of overcoming that intersects with math, science and a garden technique. As a group we will develop lessons around stories, again intersecting it with academic content and grounding it in a garden or kitchen based lesson.

Speaker: Ruby Olisemeka, Independent Educator/Consultant focusing on socially transformative education, food justice, and incorporating African and indigenous practices into farming and food & farming education


Radical Philanthropy…?

Room: HM 152 


Radical: "of, relating to, or proceeding from a root"   |     Philanthropy: “love of humanity”

Panelists from three different foundations will share perspectives on "radical philanthropy,” a new buzz phrase defining an intended shift in philanthropic practice to more directly impact the root causes of systemic issues like hunger and poverty. What does "radical" philanthropy look like for the farm and food justice movement? Panelists will share examples of grant making that they believe moved toward this ideal, and discuss some of the barriers that limit radical impact.  Session participants will then be invited to work in small groups to surface key questions and recommendations for the funding and grant seeking community. We will report these back to the whole group for further discussion with the panelists. Together, we will sketch out a plan to share our questions and recommendations beyond the conference. Please note that this session is not designed to answer questions about obtaining funding for specific projects. Furthermore, space is limited to 50 participants in order to facilitate an inclusive dialogue. 

Moderator: Kolu Zigby, Program Director, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation  

Speakers: Jennifer Arieta, Program Officer, North Star Fund; Barbara R Greenberg, Philanthropic Advisor, Levitt FoundationBeatrice Stern, President, Ralph E. Ogden Foundation

Nuts & Bolts: Organizational and Project Development