2014 SCHEDULE

We're updating the conference schedule on a regular basis; check back for more information. All locations and times are subject to change.

THURSDAY, MAY 29

OPENING RECEPTION
Magic City, Greenpoint, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

The Opening Reception will bring together all of our conference participants with a screening of a short film documenting one filmmakers 5000 mile bike journey interviewing organic and urban farmers in western and central Europe. Guests will enjoy locally sourced food and cocktails while mingling over a common goal of improving access to locally grown, fresh food in our cities.

Film Screening:

"Guerilla Cycling: Growing on a Bike," Tom Boyden, Urban Grower & Filmmaker, F.H. King & UW Madison Horticulture Department

FRIDAY, MAY 30

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
NYU Kimmel Center, Lobby, 9:30am – 10:00am

INTRODUCTIONS & KEYNOTE SPEAKER
NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, 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.

Introduction:

George Pisegna, Deputy Director & Chief of Horticulture, The Horticultural Society of New York

Keynote Speaker:

Billy Polansky, General Manager, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Business of Farming: Organizational Structures & Operations
NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, 11:00am – 12:30pm

The Panel Discussion will disclose the tools necessary to supporting successful urban agriculture ventures, including incorporation as a non-profit, land access, design, volunteers, programming, and more.

LUNCH
NYU Kimmel Center, Lobby, 12:30pm – 1:00pm

WORKSHOP TRACKS
Various locations — Transportation provided, 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Participants will choose one Workshop Track in which they will participate in hands-on demonstrations led by professionals in the field.

Container Farming (Smiling Hogshead Ranch, Long Island City)

With limited access to land, alternative gardenscapes are essential to the success of urban gardening. Learn from professionals in the field who use a variety of containers to grow abundant, healthy food and have successfully increased our access to fresh food in limited spaces.

Composting & Soil Management (Build It Green!NYC, Astoria)

Healthy soil makes for healthy farms, and understanding the complex ecosystem underneath your crops can ensure more success and produce greater yields. In this NYC Compost Project workshop, you’ll learn about small and medium scale composting, get a first-hand view of a large scale composting operation, and learn how to incorporate various techniques into an urban farm. You will also learn about developing leadership at your farm or garden and ways to ensure that your compost site is maintained in an ongoing way.

Farm Education (Battery Urban Farm, Battery Park)

By providing access to knowledge, skills, and positive environments, individuals can make healthier choices for themselves and their communities. In outdoor classrooms, you will practice various methods of learning that can educate and inspire urban gardeners to practice food sovereignty.

Farm Practices (Randall’s Island Urban Farm & Wards Island Farm, Randall’s Island)

From chickens to bees, mushrooms to propagation, a variety of techniques are essential to establishing healthy, balanced farms. On this track, you will learn from masters in these fields about various modes of urban farming that support a successful food economy.

Hydro & Aquaponics (Boswyck Farms, Astoria, NY)

Hydro and Aquaponics have expanded the methods that support farming in urban environments. In this workshop, you will discover alternative designs, new technology, and sustainable systems that support high productivity.

CLOSING RECEPTION
Good Co., Williamsburg, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Closing Reception will allow all of our conference participants to join together before parting ways until next year’s conference. Over complimentary beverages, we will discuss the events of the day and share ideas about supporting urban agriculture.