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Black Urban Growers (BUGS) is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc., as part of its Citizen Action Program.

2019 Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference

Meet our all-star culinary keynote panel, black authors keynote panel and closing keynote speaker, Dr. Heber Brown at the 9th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners (BUGS) National Conference in NYC! October 25 - 27. 

Afternoon keynote panel discussion - Black culinary and food traditions

Saturday, October 26th
4:30 - 5:15pm 

  • BJ Dennis - Meet the Southern Chef Spreading the Word of Gullah Geechee Cuisine!

  • Dr. Howard Conyers, NASA Rocket Scientist, PBS television host, “Nourish”; BBQ Pitmaster, Southern Food and Culture Historian

  • Omar Tate - Local NY Chef,  Former Chef at The Henry, Founder “Honeysuckle” - a dinner pop up series shaped by  the plantation where his ancestors were enslaved

  • Nadine Nelson is a career educator, chef, artist, activist, culinary event curator and owner of Global Local Gourmet.

Morning keynote panel discussion - Preserving the legacy of

Black farming 


Saturday, October 26th
9:00 - 10:30 am


Closing keynote speaker

Saturday, October 26th

5:15 -5:45 pm


Reverend Dr. Heber Brown, Founder, Black Church Food Security Network