2013 Conference Schedule

Early bird registration March 4—April 1, 2013

Regular registration begins April 1, 2013

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Thursday, May 16 — NYU Kimmel Center
9:00am–10:00am Registration (Kimmel Center Lobby) and Breakfast (Eisner & Lubin Auditorium)
10:00am–10:45am Introductions and Keynote Speaker: Manhattan Borough President, Scott M. Stringer
11:00am–12:30pm Morning Panel Discussions
Sustainable Cities: The multifunctionality of urban farms as hubs of production,
social interaction, education, and diversity
  • Marie Dehaene (City of Paris)—Multifunctionality of Urban Agriculture Projects in Montreal and Paris
  • Lauren Mandel (Author)—From Beans to Bucks: The Evolution of Rooftop Agriculture
  • Jeanne Pourias (AgroParisTech)—Locally Grown Food within Cities: The Importance of Food Function in Parisian Associative Gardens
  • Lynne Serpe (Queens Libraries Initiative)—Greening Libraries: Multigenerational, Multi-Ethnic Urban Agriculture Programs
  • Carol Peppe-Hewitt (Author)—Financing Our Foodshed, Moderator
Ecology and the Landscape: Maintaining a natural balance in an urban environment
  • Darrel Frey (Author)—Year Round Production in a Bioshelter
  • Andrew Cote (Urban Beekeeper)—Plucking Liquid Sunshine from the NYC Sky: Urban Beekeeping
  • Jack Algiere (Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture)—Earth, Soil, and Substrate: Living Balance
  • Ben Flanner (Brooklyn Grange)—Moderator
Empowering Youth: Developing healthy habits, young leaders, and sustainable communities
  • Casey Townsend (Boston Natural Areas Network)—Engaging Youth in Rooftop Farming in Boston’s Food Deserts
  • Pamela Ito (The Horticultural Society of New York)—An Essential Marriage: Green Infrastructure & Food Production
  • Erin Fiene (University of Colorado)—Healthy Kids, Healthy Scores
  • Martina Kenworthy (Slow Food NYC)—Moderator
12:30pm–1:15pm Bagged Lunch (Eisner & Lubin Auditorium)
1:30pm–2:00pm Afternoon Keynote – George Ball (Burpee Chairman and CEO)
2:15pm–4:00pm Afternoon Panel Discussions
Food Sovereignty: The path to food security through access to information, resources, and land
Growing Food: Innovative solutions and best practices for urban food production
Policy & Economics: Supportive programs, policies, and pathways
  • Gil Lopez (Smiling Hogshead Ranch)—Growing Legit: creating and keeping the urban farm
  • Carolyn Dimitri (NYU)—The state of Urban Agriculture in the United States
  • Derek Denckla (Slow Money NYC)—Moderator