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.
Conference workshop tracks include:
- Building Strong Foundations—skills and core knowledge for community work and hunger relief
- Theology and Food—interfaith conversation from our community of practice on broadening our lens for food and faith
- Farmer Voices and Cooperative Development—voices from the field, stories from farmers less visible in the food system, and cooperative projects
- Getting Food to the Table—a closer look at production and process in food system: issues affecting farmworkers and food workers
- Deepening Our Work—a systemic look at root causes of why people are hungry
- Express Yourself—cultural and faith practices to sustain our work: hands-on workshops with opportunities for creative expression in song, visual art, etc.
- Disaster Relief—resources, tools, and information on disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and recent wildfires
- Policy—a dual look at agricultural policy and hunger relief
- People’s Assembly/Community Conversations—facilitated conversations on specific areas in the food and faith movement
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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.
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
1:30-3:00 – Session 2 Workshops
3:15-4:45 – Session 3 Workshops
4:45-5:00 – Conference Wrap-Up and Thanks
To inquire about conference scholarships or travel stipends, please contact Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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.
Thanks to everyone who made the 2015 Come to the Table Conference Series a great success!
2015 Piedmont Region Come to the Table Conference
2015 Western Region Come to the Table Conference
Thanks to all who made our March 19th event in Sylva a great success!
2015 Eastern Region Come to the Table Conference
Thanks to everyone who made our January 23rd event in Lumberton a great success!
>> Watch the highlight video from Come to the Table 2015:
The 2013 Conference Series
- 2013 Eastern Regional Conference | February 4 | Kinston, NC
- 2013 Piedmont Regional Conference | February 19 | Greensboro, NC
- 2013 Western Regional Conference | March 15 | Sylva, NC
- Watch videos from the 2013 conferences.
Highlight video from the 2013 Eastern Regional conference:
What people are saying
“These conferences speak to the heart, mind and hands of people of faith, challenging us to rethink our often insulated lives. If you want to be inspired and equipped to be part of the front-row connection between faith and food, this is for you!”
– Susan Sides, The Lord’s Acre
“Come to the Table never fails to inspire. At every conference I’ve met new people doing great work,and their creative examples show what’s possible when faith communities get involved.”
– Chris Liu-Beers, North Carolina Council of Churches