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North Country Food Justice Summit Slated for Feb. 27

Proposal Deadline is Dec. 15

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. – The North Country Food Justice Working Group will hold its third annual summit at the Wild Center here in February to identify obstacles and successful initiatives that address the intersection of poverty and food. 

Conference participants will share their experiences and work together as problem-solvers to advocate for institutional changes and improvements in public policy.

People from all walks of life have a stake in the outcome of these efforts, as the title of the summit implies “Feed Back: Everybody Eats.” Each may have a different perspective, but many interested parties will have an opportunity to participate by addressing the group. For example, presentations are requested from:

Local Farmers: What conditions are necessary for local farmers to be economically sustainable?  What challenges do farmers identify that interfere with the affordability of their products? What laws and policies must change to address economic inequality of farm labor, especially migrant farm labor?

Students: What is the inside story about food insecurity on college campuses?  How is this problem best addressed, and by whom? We invite students to share what they are learning about poverty and food in their academic courses, service projects, and internships.

Teachers: K-12 educators share their innovative strategies, methods, readings, and lesson plan content for teaching about poverty, inequality, and food.

Health Professionals: What challenges are health professionals facing that fall within the arena of poverty and food?  What initiatives are successful in meeting these challenges?

The keynote address will be delivered by Austin Frerick, the Deputy Director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University, an initiative established to generate and disseminate scholarship to impact competition enforcement and policy. He is currently working on a book that calls for restoring the balance of power in America’s food system in favor of farmers, workers, and small businesses.

For more information about the summit or guidelines for presentations, go to: www.craigardan.org/events/foodsummit2020.

The Essex Farm Institute is a project of the Adirondack Council.

The Adirondack Council is a privately funded not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park. The Council envisions a Park with clean water and clean air, comprised of core wilderness areas, surrounded by farms and working forests, and vibrant communities.

The Adirondack Council carries out its mission through research, education, advocacy and legal action to ensure the legacy of the Adirondack Park is safeguarded for future generations. Adirondack Council advocates live in all 50 United States, and the District of Columbia.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 14, 2019

For more information:
John Sheehan, Director of Communications, 518-441-1340

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