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Deadline:  SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019!


All applications must be completed and postmarked by SEPTEMBER 6th!


Part of our mission is to cultivate Black leadership in the movement for food justice and food sovereignty, we require that at least one facilitator in your workshop be a person of African descent.

Proposal Formats:

  • Workshop (Interactive/Hands-on/Demonstration Style Workshops welcome and preferred)

  • Panel Discussion

  • Roundtable

  • Community Work Project

  • Skill Building Project

  • Other



  • 75 minutes total (includes time allotted for Q&A)

Facilitation Guidelines:

  • All workshop proposals need to demonstrate clear goals for what participants will get out of participating.

  • Proposals should identify specific skills or actions participants will learn or be able to take as a result of participating in the workshop.

  • All workshop proposals must also include a clear, learner-centered facilitation plan.

  • These requirements are all based on feedback from past conference participants

2019 Conference Theme:  “HOMECOMING: re-membering and reclaiming our futures through soil and soul"


2019 Conference Workshop Tracks:


ROOTED:  Workshops in this track focus and build on the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors.  ROOTED workshops create spaces of honor and shared value for our ancestors and their traditions.   Workshop topics include but are not limited to sharing stories, histories, teachings and best practices from our elders:


  • Healing with Traditional Herbal Remedies

  • Nourishing Recipes and their Histories from the African Diaspora

  • Stories of Black Agrarians and Freedom Fighters 

  • Vision, Wisdom, and Future Building Work of Black Women

  • Spiritual Practices and Ways of Healing Our Relationships with Land and Each Other

  • Changing the Narrative and Removing the Stigma Around Farming for Black Communities


RISING:  Workshops in this track are looking at current food system strategies being used to build community power, ensure collective liberation, and create space for healing and re-forming bonds that define our communities and nurture our interdependent relationships with each other and the land (SOILdarity).  Workshop topics under RISING include but are not limited to current food system strategies focused on:

  • Forming Community Land Trusts

  • Building Worker Cooperatives

  • Organizing Farmer to Farmer Networks (North to South; Urban to Rural)

  • Developing Farms as Healing and Community Building Spaces for Black Communities

  • Instituting Food and Farm Policies that Prioritize the Health of People and the Planet

  • Increasing the Number of Supportive, Nurturing and Thriving Community Food Economies

  • BlackAdemics - Partnering with the  Black academic community on participatory research and case studies 


RE-IMAGINE:  Workshops in this track take their inspiration from Afro-Futurism, Abolitionists, and Youth leadership.  Focusing on these inspiring movements and their vision for the future, RE-IMAGINE workshops help participants imagine our liberated future selves and the environments we’ve created in ways that center our African diasporic foodways and the future of Black farming. The RE-IMAGINE track is a space to explore and plant the seeds for building self-sustaining, self-determining communities and food systems in the most expansive ways as possible. Workshop topics under RE-IMAGINE include but are not limited to:

  • Healthy, Liberated Communities - What resources did we need to build them?

  • Ensuring and Securing Cultural Sustainability on the Land

  • New Technologies and Infrastructure that Support Black Growers and Sustainable, Regenerative Food Systems

  • Explorations of the Profound Influence of Black Culture on Food, Race, Nationality, Sexuality, and Gender

  • Stitching Together Movements - Creating a radically inclusive image and understanding of black life through intentional collaborations and relationship building with Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+, Black feminists, Black Girl Magic, and Afroecology and our collective connections to land and food work.

  • Who or what inspires your work, your vision of the future? “Mother Earth”, Octavia Butler, Bell Hooks? How are they influencing and shaping our futures?


REPARATIONS:  The current food system was founded on stolen land and stolen lives of entire communities of people.  Built around practices of genocide, chattel slavery, and legalized racists policies that to this day oppress and deny Black people their basic rights to the literal fruits of their own labor, our current food system has been and continues to be the taproot from which all economic and institutional racism grows and thrives.   While the case for Reparations has been clear and apparent for decades, there’s a renewed focus and a growing movement around Reparations along with many questions. Workshop topics under REPARATIONS focus on building shared definition, understanding and goals around what we as a collective mean by and expect from a movement around achieving reparations. The discussions, strategies, policy and action planning we hope this track will generate could include:

  • Proposals for what reparations could look like for Black farmers and food systems in our communities?

  • Mapping of direct/interpersonal and institution to community reparation projects that currently exist?

  • Review and development of organizing plans around existing local, regional and national policies that are or can be developed as frameworks and pathways to reparations with a focus on land-based, and community renewal reparations?


SKILL-BUILDING:  Workshops in this track are hands-on and focus on building our practical and technical skills through tapping into our collective wisdom, knowledge bases and skillsets.  As we actively envision and begin the process of creating self-reliant communities and liberated futures, we must simultaneously develop the skills we’ll need to build them.  SKILL-BUILDING Workshop topics include but are not limited to:

  • Food Policy:  From creating new food policies to creating a food policy council

  • Understanding the Food and Farm Bill 

  • Economics 101: The First Step in Moving from Feudalist Capitalism to a Truly Democratic Economy

  • Health and Wellness: creating herbal remedies, food preparation & preservation, healing mind, and body practices

  • Farm Business Accounting 101

  • Agroecology Techniques and Practice

  • Going from Urban to Rural Farm Production

  • Soil Health

  • Intercropping/Companion Planting

  • Integrated Pest Management


Submission Options: 

  1. Online, click here.

  2. Download and email completed application to info@blackurbangrowers.org

  3. Download and fax completed application to 212-465-9274

  4. Mailto:

Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference

c/o WhyHunger

505 8th Ave, Ste. 2100

New York, NY  10018

Submit your proposal online!