Regeneration Conference

With support from Memorial University’s Office of Public Engagement, Food Producers Forum will be gathering representatives of food organizations and community groups across Newfoundland and Labrador for an in-depth conference on rebuilding food production and food security in our province.

This event is being developed by a planning group that includes board members of Food Producers Forum, representatives of Memorial University, Western Environment Centre and The Provincial Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture.

REGENERATION: SOIL, FOOD, COMMUNITY
Building a Sustainable Food System in Newfoundland & Labrador

New Dates: April 4-8, 2022

In this time of climate crisis and food insecurity, we need to rebuild a system of sustainable food production in our province based on the health of our soil and our communities.  

You are invited to join a province-wide public engagement conference that will focus on practical details and innovative models for growing food that is good for us and for our environment.  People who grow and gather food at the household, community and commercial scale will help us define actions needed to rebuild a sustainable food system.  

Registration is free.  

Please email foodproducersforum@gmail.com if you would like to attend; we will notify you when registration starts. A full conference schedule will be published here soon.

The conference will combine in-person attendance at a venue on the MUN campus with online participation across the province. The three-day schedule will consist of an introductory plenary, followed by five thematic seminars and four forums to focus on actions we can take to create a sustainable food system.  The conference will wrap up with a general meeting to confirm actions needed to restore capacity for local food production and sharing.

We have confirmed Mary Walsh as our Conference Chair.   Ross Traverse will be our opening speaker, giving us the history of food production and supply in our province.  Five information seminars and four public forums will then focus on what we can do to rebuild our food system, with short presentations from growers and food distributors right across our province, followed by public dialogue.   All voices will be heard.

We hope that interested local groups and individuals will participate, to give action items that emerge from this dialogue their guidance and support going forward.

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