Calendar of Events

Growing Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

A panel of leaders from Chicago’s urban agriculture movement will provide an overview of current policy initiatives that support urban gardens and farms, and lead a training on how to become a grassroots urban agriculture “Ward Ambassador” to effect positive change on the local level.

Setting the Table for Change
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

State and local laws play an important role in how we grow, distribute and access food. Yet many times, it can be difficult to figure out how to monitor policy changes at different levels of government and make your voice heard. Whether you live in a small town or a big city, this session will help you craft a successful plan for changing laws. We will walk through a couple of case studies, and then provide you with an activist toolkit that you can take home and adapt to your own needs.

The Forgotten Sector: Agriculture and Climate Change
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

What is the role of the food system in global climate change? This workshop will consider the reasons why food and agriculture get so little attention in climate change policy discussions and call for a more robust approach to accelerating adoption of practices that will both reduce to greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and make farms more resilient to changes.

Addressing Food Access Through Cooperatives
Mar 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

A roundtable discussion on how healthy food access and food insecurity can be overcome through community-owned and supported cooperative food businesses. The session will highlight the power of cooperatives to create resilient local food economies for communities facing barriers to access and healthy food options. Successful models will be presented, both locally and nationally.

Chicago Food Policy Action Council
Mar 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

The Chicago Food Policy Action Council will present on current and upcoming food policy efforts in Chicago including procurement, urban farmland access, urban farm licensing and commercial livestock, food access and developing a plan for expanding productive land use.

New President, New Congress – The Future of Federal Food and Farm Policy
Mar 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

In this time of change, it is more important than ever that we in the sustainable agriculture community make our priorities clear, and that we take the opportunity to continue to shape the direction of agricultural policy for the next four years and foreseeable future. Join us for a discussion and listening session about the future of federal food and farm policy with a focus on opportunities and strategies to ensure that a diverse coalition of family farmers and ranchers, conservationists, and local and regional food enthusiasts have a place at the table over the coming years.

Fair Wages for Food Workers
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Living off tips is precarious, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Raising the minimum wage and eliminating the tipped credit would provide a significant stimulus to the U.S. economy in tipped wages alone, providing a boost to local economies and the broader food industry, as well. We’re launching the campaign in 2017 in Illinois and the Chicagoland.

Strengthening Alliances for Better Food Policy
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

In the upcoming years, it will be more important than ever for organizations to effectively work together. This panel featuring good food leaders from across the sector will illustrate examples of successful coordination, and discuss opportunities for shared effort and discuss ways that we can be more powerful when we discover common goals and unified strategies to achieve policy wins.