We invite faith leaders and laypeople, hunger relief advocates, farmers, farm workers, community organizers, community gardeners, food council members, extension agents and others to join us March 12-13th, 2019 in Charlotte, NC to examine the root causes of hunger and collaborate to build a more just food system. At the 2019 Come to the Table Conference, we hope to energize attendees to go back to their communities with the knowledge to challenge the systemic nature of hunger and the skills and connections to grow structures based in justice. The 2019 Conference will:
- Share resources, tools & knowledge to support attendees in being effective community organizers for a more just food system
- Provide space for the knowledge and wisdom in the room to be shared and for us all to learn together
- Provide space for people to connect with each other and build relationships that will sustain and support their work
Eric Holt-Giménez, Ph.D. is the executive director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy (July 2006—present). Called one of the country’s “most established food think tanks” by the New York Times, Food First’s mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation throughout the world. Food First believes that a world free of hunger is possible if farmers and communities take back control of the food systems presently dominated by transnational agri-foods industries. A political economist and agroecologist, Eric grew up working on farms in Northern California and worked for over 30 years in international agricultural development. Read more…
“Freedom Farmers: Black Agricultural Resistance and Creating Sustainable Communities”
Dr. Monica White, author of Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement
Dr. Monica M. White is an assistant professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations that are engaged in the development of sustainable, community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. Her recent publications include “A Pig and a Garden: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Farms Cooperative,” in Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment. Her first book, entitled, “Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement,” is under contract with University of North Carolina Press, and is scheduled to be released fall 2018. Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement revises the historical narrative of African American resistance and breaks new ground by including the work, roles, and contributions of southern Black farmers and the organizations they formed. Read more…
“Farm Justice, Food Sovereignty and the Transformation of Everything”
Dr. Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of Food First
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Since 2007, the Come to the Table Program has been holding biennial conferences to convene persons of faith, farmers, and community leaders to come together around issues of food access in their communities. Previous conference themes have included Bridging Divides: Cultivating Food & Faith Connections (2017) and Head, Heart, Hands (2015).