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Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference, NYC
The Horticultural Society of New York
New York, NY
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Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference, NYC
A consortium of organizations and individuals have come together to organize New York City's first Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference. Our mission is to engage people of African descent in critical food and farm-related issues that directly impact health and economic security. Despite a rich and significant farming history in the United States, people of African descent are today grossly underrepresented in the farming population, making up less than 1%. The conference will consist of discussions, workshops, and strategy development focused on food access and distribution, local food production and making connections between rural and urban farming.  

The conference will kick off with a benefit cocktail fundraiser celebrating Black farmers and urban gardeners, past and present, on Friday, February 26, from 6-9 p.m., at the Horticultural Society of New York.

We want the Conference to firm up a network of activists with an agenda and action points to make real and immediate strides in resolving the food crisis for African American New Yorkers, says Karen Washington, food activist, farmer, New Yorker and initiator of the conference consortium. The Conferences focus is on ensuring that people of color are included in the food conversation, says Regina Ginyard, conference coordinator of the Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference NYC 2010.

The Conference is for anyone interested in the food-related issues concerning urban Black communities, and will be particularly relevant for people involved in the food and health professions: gardeners, growers, educators, farmers, cooks, developers, nutritionists among others.

Participating organizers include:
Citizens Committee for New York City, Community Vision Council, GreenThumb, La Finca Del Sur (South Bronx Farm), NY Food Museum and Taqwa Community Farm

For general information, to host a breakout session or volunteer: please contact Lorrie Clevenger, at 347-589-9816.

For press inquires, donations and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Regina Ginyard, conference coordinator at 646-453-9657.

You can also reach us at: blackfarmersconf@gmail.com

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The Horticultural Society of New York
148 W 37th street, 13th floor
New York, NY 10018
United States

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