Come to the Table Conference


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Registration ends February 28th!  

Join us for the sixth convening of the Come to the Table Conference on March 16th, 2017 at the Durham Convention Center. We look forward to gathering with community members, faith leaders, farmers, gardeners, farm workers, hunger relief agencies, and many more groups for a variety of workshops, presentations, and strategy sessions on relieving hunger and strengthening local and sustainable agriculture.

At the 2017 Conference, we will explore both the history and present state of our food system: how and why food is produced and distributed the way it is, and how faith communities can support both farmers and consumers.

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Conference workshop tracks include:

  • Building Strong Foundationsskills and core knowledge for community work and hunger relief
  • Theology and Foodinterfaith conversation from our community of practice on broadening our lens for food and faith
  • Farmer Voices and Cooperative Developmentvoices from the field, stories from farmers less visible in the food system, and cooperative projects
  • Getting Food to the Tablea closer look at production and process in food system: issues affecting farmworkers and food workers
  • Deepening Our Worka systemic look at root causes of why people are hungry
  • Express Yourselfcultural and faith practices to sustain our work: hands-on workshops with opportunities for creative expression in song, visual art, etc.
  • Disaster Reliefresources, tools, and information on disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and recent wildfires
  • Policya dual look at agricultural policy and hunger relief
  • Community Conversationsfacilitated conversations over lunch on specific areas in the food and faith movement

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Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to welcome Jason Brown as this year’s keynote speaker! Jason left a successful career as a lineman in the NFL to become a farmer in eastern North Carolina. After his departure from professional football, Jason moved back to the state and purchased a 1,000-acre farm in Louisburg. He and his wife Dr. Tay Brown have dedicated themselves to aiding in local hunger relief efforts. Their farm, First Fruits Farm, has made national headlines for its donation of hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to those in need. Thousands of volunteers have lent helping hands in their harvest and gleaning events. In their work with Wisdom for Life Ministries and First Fruits Farm, Jason and his wife Tay are demonstrating how to live a life of purpose and how to promote community development through agriculture. >> Read Jason’s full bio.

Conference Schedule

8:00 – Registration Opens
8:45-9:15 – Welcome and Orientation, Interfaith Prayer
9:15-9:45 – Keynote by Jason Brown, NC farmer and former NFL player
10:00-11:30 – Session 1 Workshops
11:45-12:15 – Break and Lunch Pick-up
12:15-1:15 – Community Conversations Over Lunch
1:15-2:45 – Session 2 Workshops
3:00-4:30 – Session 3 Workshops
4:30-5:00 – Conference Wrap-Up with Fruits of Labor Singing Ensemble and Thanks 

Conference Scholarships

To inquire about conference scholarships or travel stipends, please contact Carson at

Supported by

The Duke Endowment has generously provided sustaining support to the Come to the Table Project and Conferences since 2007. We are deeply grateful for a relationship with funders who share a commitment to our mission and whom we consider partners in the work.

2017 Conference Sponsor


Come to the Table Conference Highlights


The Come to the Table project works with people of faith to relieve hunger and sustain local agriculture. The project’s leaders include farmers, farm workers, food pantry directors, community gardeners, ministers, public employees and lay leaders. Come to the Table is generously supported by the Duke Endowment.


The mission of Come to the Table is to relieve hunger and strengthen just and sustainable agriculture in rural North Carolina. We do this by engaging and mobilizing people of faith, farmers, and communities.


We envision a future in which people working in partnership build strong, self-reliant communities where everyone can eat healthy, just, and sustainable food.

Guiding Values

  • Respect: We honor the abundance of skills, creativity, wisdom and resources that communities possess to thrive and become self-reliant.
  • Diversity: Long-term solutions depend on the engagement of the entire community.
  • Collaboration: We believe in the potential of unlikely partnerships.
  • Justice: We believe that a holistic, integrated approach which seeks solutions that benefit all people is vital for achieving social justice.

Come to the Table Conferences
Since 2007, people throughout North Carolina have gathered together for our regional conferences. These full day events bring together members of the faith community with farmers, gardeners, farm workers, educators, health professionals, and community organizations to find ways to relieve hunger and support local agriculture. The conference includes plenaries, breakout sessions, lunch, and networking opportunities. The most recent series of regional conferences was held in 2015.