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

2017 BLACK FARMERS & URBAN GARDENERS CONFERENCE

Workshop Descriptions

 

SESSION 1 WORKSHOPS (11:15 AM - 12:30 PM)

 

Sisters of the Soil: Creating the Next Generation of Food Movers and Shakers at Spelman College

Spelman Students & Charles Greenlea, HABESHA IncRoom: SCE 217

  • This panel discussion will feature students from Spelman College and instructors from HABESHA, Inc. as they discuss their partnership to empower students to be environmental change agents on their campus and community.

 

Cooperative Urban Farming: Turning your home into an Asset

Jerry Ra, The Urban Green University /Urban Green Aquaponics - Room: SCW 466

  • Understanding the importance of setting up backyards Liberation Gardens as part of the local food system.
     

Thriving as a POC in a PWI; Environmental Edition

Gennifer Rollins, POC Environmental Club - Room: SCE 203

  • Headed by geographers and environmental policy makers, we will be exploring what it means to be a part of an environment, within an academic setting. Activities will include mapping your space, exploring drive, finding solidarity within your school, and identifying yourself in the curriculum.

 

Georgia Foodprint

Elijah Lee, Kings Apron - Room: SCW 259

  • "Georgia Foodprint" infuses building economic strength in communities of color by discussing the importance of minimize our print in order to fully benefit from local farming and agricultural efforts with a live plant-based cooking demonstration using locally sourced produce to collectively prepare a delicious dish.

 

Traditional Agriculture At Its Best

Felicia Bell, RD & S Farm, LLC - Room: SCW 468

  • Through interactive conversation, this presentation will explore methods, techniques, and practices of traditional agriculture and heritage farming learning how to work with nature and provide for your family and your community.

 

The Plight of the Black Agriculturalist

Kaleb Hill, Oko Vue Produce Co. - Room: SCE 455

  • This presentation will explore the history of Black farmers and agriculturalists in the deep south from a third generation organic farmer's perspective. Participants will learn about land acquisition, legacy farms, ways to implement sustainable farming techniques, how to identify funding for their operations, how to incorporate in their farm operation to increase farm income, ways to develop more value-added products, and learn how to develop a sustainable farm operation model.

 

Spirit-to-Spirit: Deepening Your Relationship with Plants and  Reclaiming African Crops

Co-facilitators:  Selima Harleston Lust of Iwilla Remedy; Lorenzo Herron and Atieno Nyar Kasagam of Ile Ibeji Farm - Room: SCE 216

  • This workshop is for people who want to strengthen their relationships with the plant realm. Learn how to make plant allies through medicine-making, energetic exchange, gratitude, dream work, writing and meditation.   

  • In addition, we will discuss  growing, preparing, and acquiring indigenous African herbs, grain, fruits, and vegetables and offering a seed share out for participants to cultivate and share these experiences.

 

SESSION 2 WORKSHOPS (1:30 PM - 2:45 PM)

 

HBCU Agriculture and Garden History

Zella Palmer, Dillard University Ray Charles Program - Room SCE 217

  • This presentation will examine the history of HBCU agricultural and gardening programs from the 20th to 21st century from George Washington Carver to Michael Sorrell and how HBCU's engage communities and students to be involved in agricultural science.

 

The Food History of the South

Terri Carter, HABESHA Works - Room SCE 216

  • The Food History looks back at the food relationship between Native Americans, African Americans and Europeans bringing together the components that make the foods of the South so important to us not only as food to nourish the body but also the history of how these foods became staples in the South out of necessity.

 

"Sol Food: From Yard to Farm."

Dr. Jarrod Dortch Solful Gardens, LLC. - Room SCW 466

  • This session will focus on four areas considered to be necessary when bringing an urban agricultural business to the public. These areas include the following: Getting to know yourself and what you want to grow. Better understanding the needs of your community and the role that best suits you in disrupting the current food systems. Knowing what it takes to get from seed (idea) to harvest (profitability). Bringing it all to fruition by connecting produce to the people.

 

Preserving the Family Farm and Preparing the Next Generation of Family Farmers

Corey Morgan - SCW 455

  • Learn the understand and value a family farm, preserve the family farm through estate planning, and learn to work as a team to transition from generation to generation of farmers.

 

Abolition Strategies: Deconstructing And Reconstructing Food Systems

Randolph Carr, National Black Food and Justice Alliance - Room SCW 468

  • This workshop will provide a basic framework for abolition strategies framed within the lens of resisting anti-blackness while providing a dialectical space for inquiry and building collective understanding around the practical application of abolition strategies to our broken anti-black food and prison system.

 

Farm Brand and Revenue Growth with Technology, Marketing, and Alternative Enterprises

Nadine Nelson, Global Local Gourmet/Kitchen Oasis - Room: SCE 203

  • Come learn how to magnify the fruits of your labor as we use the process of farming as a metaphor to show how to build influence and relationships to amplify your brand and bottom line.  Bring your smartphone, tablet and computer because we will learn by doing in this interactive workshop where you will leave with a concrete plan to plant seeds for your farm to harvest in the future.

 

Roberts' Rules for Land Retention: Using Your Land to Create Generational Wealth

Vickie Roberts Ratliff, SCE 258

  • This workshop presents thought-provoking ideas and concepts related to land retention compiled into a manual presented for comprehension and understanding.

 


 

 

 

 

SATURDAY

SESSION 3 WORKSHOPS (3:00 PM - 4:15 PM)

 

Black Farmers Are the Afrofuture: Part 2 | Eco-Design and Creative Resistance

Dr. Li Sumpter & Tommy Joshua, North Philly Peace Park - Room: SCW 468

  • This interactive, solution-based workshop considers the role of black and brown farmers facing ecological and social crises that threaten food security, the survival of urban communities and ultimately, life on Planet Earth through examining potential threats to urban farmers and the communities they serve from natural disasters and public health pandemics to economic collapse and various forms of warfare with offering basic tools and strategies for survival.

Using Spoken Word to Empower the Afroecologist

Kristofer D. Sims, Unitarian Universalist Association - Room: SCE 216 

  • We will tap into our collective consciousness to develop images and words that highlight our experiences as farmers and the like. We will create a community poem at the end that we can take back to our communities.
     

Uplifting Urban Youth through Urban Ag

Atiba Jones, Risala Gardens - Room: SCW 466

  • When speaking of black empowerment, upliftment and liberation, one cannot ignore the need to stop vicious cycles which continue to hold black youth down in America, urban agriculture has the ability to do just that.  

 

There is room for us on the market shelf

Michelle Cruz, Providence RI - Room: SCW 455

  • A discussion of the elements of our food supply chain and show how we can gain power and access within that system as minority farmers.

 

Afro-pastoralism past present and future

Arian Rivera, Warwick NY - Room: SCE 203

  • The workshop will explore a historical recap of Black pastoralism, the science of soil building, strategies for land occupation, ecological stewardship, and community restoration.
     

POC - Policy of Color: Exploring Food Policy and its Inherent Effects on People of Color

Lindsey Lunsford, Tuskegee United Leadership and Innovation Program (TULIP), Dara Cooper, National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA), Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Fire - Room: SCE 217

  • Hosted by three powerful female voices each highlighting a different aspect of the challenge, this session offers unique perspectives on an often overlooked and misunderstood topic, leading a dialogue with the audience to investigate their experiences with food policy, answer questions, and foster peer- to – peer learning and engagement.

 

Making Connections: Relationships Between and Within Local and Academic Communities
Kay Bolden, Green Sprout Urban
Farm and Warren Sharpe Community Center & Tennille Allen, Lewis University - SCE 213

  • In this workshop, an accidental farmer and a sociology professor will discuss their longstanding partnership, and how this partnership has resulted in urban farm expansion and deeper experiential learning for university students.