2015 SCHEDULE

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Thursday, May 28

Randall’s Island Urban Farm

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST, 9:00am-9:30am

MORNING WORKSHOPS, 9:30am-11:00am

Participants will choose one workshop in which they will participate in hands-on demonstrations led by professionals in the field. Workshops are held at various locations throughout Randall’s Island Urban Farm and will cover a variety of practical skills and knowledge for running successful urban farms, including topics such as urban chicken care, rice propagation, youth education, composting, and seed saving. For a list of workshops and descriptions, click here.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS, 11:30am–1:00pm

Participants will choose one workshop in which they will participate in hands-on demonstrations led by professionals in the field. Workshops are held at various locations throughout Randall’s Island Urban Farm and will cover a variety of practical skills and knowledge for running successful urban farms, including topics such as urban chicken care, rice propagation, youth education, composting, and seed saving. For a list of workshops and descriptions, click here.

PICNIC, 1:00-3:00pm

The first day of the Urban Agriculture Conference will close with a festive Picnic at Randall’s Island Urban Farm. Over complimentary beverages and snacks, we will discuss the events of the day and share ideas about supporting urban agriculture’s future.

Friday, May 29

Riverbank State Park, Cultural Center

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST, 9:30am-10:00am

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION, 10:00am-11:00am

This year’s Keynote Speaker will discuss currents trends in Urban Agriculture and explore the means by which urban dwellers can support viable food economies through urban farming.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Ron Finley, The Ron Finley Project
  • PANEL DISCUSSION, 11:00am-12:30pm

    The Panel Discussion will highlight successful New York State farms and organizations and will disclose the tools necessary to supporting productive urban agriculture ventures.

    Moderator:

  • Tony Kasowski, Owner, Grow Kale; Founder, St. Vincent de Paul Farm
  • Panelists:

  • Matthew Schueler, Grow Center Planner, Capital Roots
      Youth Development through Urban Agriculture in Upstate NY
      From run-ins with the zoning board, to hurricanes and cars crashing into the garden, the Produce Project has experienced trials and tribulations on the way to building a successful urban farm and youth development program from scratch. Hear about the mistakes, and benefit from an honest look at the mishaps that can occur when trying to farm in the city. It will also bring the pleasures of the work into clearer focus and give our successes the gravity they deserve
  • Nathaniel Mich, Community Food Access Programs Coordinator, Foodlink, Inc.
      New Shoots, Deeper Roots: Urban and Emergency Agriculture in the Rochester Region
      Established in 2012 with 6 gardens, Foodlink’s The Garden Project now serves a network of 25 gardens in seven counties, each connected to a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter. In addition to these gardens, Foodlink manages the Lexington Avenue Urban Farm, a one acre site that hosts a refugee community garden and grows produce for Foodlink’s Food Access Programs. Hear about the growth of both programs, reflect on challenges and successes and explore the role and potential of urban agriculture in an emergency food context.
  • Natalie Hughes, Community Garden and Youth Program Manager, Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES)
      Youth Development through Urban Agriculture in Upstate NY
      VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc.) was founded in 2007 in response to a need for increased access to healthy foods and beautification of blighted properties in Binghamton, a rust belt city in the Southern Tier of New York State. Hear about how Seven community gardens and an acre Urban Farm later, VINES continues to address food insecurity through working with families, adults, and youth to grow and eat fresh local food.
  • LUNCH & RECEPTION, 12:30pm-1:30pm

    A time for attendees to network over shared interests in urban agriculture. Over lunch and drinks peruse books from notable authors working in the industry including The Kitchen Ecosystem by Eugenia Bone and Compost City by Rebecca Louie.

    FILM SCREENING, 1:30pm-3:00pm

    The final day of the Urban Agriculture Conference will close by bringing together all of our conference participants for a reception and screening of Plant This Movie, directed by Karney Hatch and narrated by Daryl Hannah. The film explores the zeitgeist of urban farming around the world, from the incredible story of Havana, Cuba to communities of urban farmers in cities as diverse as Shanghai, Calcutta, Addis Ababa, London, and Lima. In the US, the story focuses on New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon.



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