The Food Connections conference is an opportunity for people working for healthy food systems in the broader San Francisco Bay Area and beyond to come together to build a strong agenda for change. The conference includes plenary presetations, a guided food tasting, an interactive workshop on applying systems tools for more strategic actions in the food system, and breakout sessions on food- and agriculture-related topics that emerge from the participants. Join us for this important networking and strategy-building session.

Conference Agenda

Friday, July 14
6:00 pm Doors open, registration begins
6:30 pm Welcome and introduction
6:45 pm Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute offers a global perspective on problems with our food system
7:15 pm Janet Brown of the Center for Ecoliteracy offers locally-based alternatives for a healthy food system
7:45 pm Break (if there’s time left)
8:00 pm Mark Mulcahy of Organic Options will lead us through a culinary sensory journey of some of Sonoma County’s best seasonal offerings
9:30 pm Close
Saturday, July 15
8:30 am Doors open, registration begins
9:00 am Welcome and introduction
9:15-10:45 am Workshop: Applying systems tools for healthy food systems with Joseph McIntyre and Katy Mamen
10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00-12:00 pm Workgroups to practice applying systems tools to food and agriculture scenarios
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch break
1:00-3:30 pm Breakout working groups on various levers for creating positive change in the food system. Groups will self-organize and participants will be invited to offer session topics through an Open Space format.
3:30-4:00 pm Closing circle: sharing and moving forward