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ThinkFOOD Conference

ThinkFOOD 2022: Regenerative

October 15, 2022

An exploration of food practices and traditions that honor our shared roots and empower us to restore the food system.

Panels will address regenerative agriculture, honoring indigenous practices, farmers of color, New England food in context, empowering young growers, food in community, food insecurity, land access, community gardens, seed-saving, and Berkshire-local initiatives.

Choose from in-person or Zoom sessions. Consult the workshop schedule for details.

In-person events will be held at the Fisher Science Center on the Simon’s Rock campus. Masks are required indoors.

The Center for Food Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock presents our 9th annual ThinkFOOD conference with in-person and virtual workshops on Saturday, October 15. ThinkFOOD 2022 will give you new perspectives on food, farming, and resiliency from those who work the land. We’ll offer interactive sessions with practical takeaways and new ideas from experts in and around the Berkshires and beyond.

Karen Washington of Rise & Root Farm and Black Urban Gardeners will give the keynote address.

The conference is free for all students. Tickets are $25 for access to all sessions, $15 for half day, or $10 for keynote only; lunch tickets are $10. Discount tickets available; please email for details.

Registration opens online on September 15


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thinkfood panel

Devan Arnold from Sassafras Landcare discusses designing a pollinator garden outside the Fisher Science Center at ThinkFOOD 2019

Soul Fire Farm and Greenagers panelists

Speakers from Soul Fire Farm and Greenagers at lunch at the 2018 Conference



Scheduled to speak

Speaker Bios and Workshop Descriptions

Saturday, October 15

Registration: 9:00 a.m.

Registration desk open at the Fisher Science Center

Session 1 Presentations: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Clark Auditorium; in-person/Zoom

Melissa Ferretti, Herring Pond Wampanaog Tribe, Cape Cod MA

Room 201; in-person

Integrated Pest Management and Fruit Orchards: Jaime Piñero, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Session 2 Panel: 10:20 – 11:20 a.m. [In-person/Zoom; Clark Auditorium]

Empowering Young People and Building Community:

Sarah Monteiro and Will Conklin, Greenagers/April Hill, Sheffield MA

Lauren Piotrowski, Program Manager, Roots Rising, Pittsfield MA

Session 3 Panel: 11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. [In-person/Zoom; Clark Auditorium]

Farms for All:

Amanda Reynolds, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator, Food Bank Farm in Hadley MA

Anita Adalja, Not Our Farm, Albuquerque NM

Gaby Pereyra, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

Lunch: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Conference Lunch provided by Simon’s Rock Dining Services

outdoor dining available

Session 4: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Presentation: Clark Auditorium [in-person/Zoom]

Climate Change and the Berkshire Foodshed: Ben Crockett, Berkshire Agricultural Ventures, Great Barrington MA

Panel: Room 201 [in-person]

Farms as Community Sanctuaries

DeeArah Wright, Co-Founder/Worker-Owner, Mumbet’s Freedom Farm, Sheffield MA: “Seeding BIPOC Sanctuary”

D Rooney, Farmer/Owner, Rock Steady Farm, Millerton, NY: “How to Be Regenerative and in Relationship with Oneself”

Tom Seeley at ThinkFOOD 2019

Keynote Speaker Tom Seeley of Cornell University at ThinkFOOD 2019

Zoom Session at ThinkFOOD 2020Panelists at ThinkFOOD 2020’s Virtual Conference

Keynote Address: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

[In-person/Zoom] Clark Auditorium

Karen Washington of Rise & Root Farm and Black Urban Gardeners, “Growing Food and Feeding People”

Online registration opens September 15

Register to attend the Conference

For more information, contact Maryann Tebben, Director of the Center for Food Studies and faculty in Languages and Literature, at

We want to empower attendees to learn more about Berkshire-local and regional initiatives aimed at softening our impact on the planet in the realms of agriculture, forestry, food service, and feeding ourselves.

— Professor Maryann Tebben,
Center for Food Studies at Simon’s Rock

Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!

Funding provided by:

Berkshire Agricultural Ventures and ASFS (Assoc. for the Study of Food and Society)

Berkshire Agricultural Ventures

Promotional partners:

Berkshire Grown
Great Barrington Agricultural Commission
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace

Berkshire Grown
Great Barrington Agricultural commission


Interested in the 2021 conference? Watch the videos here:

Field and Forest, October 2021

Preview Event: “Composting: Making Garden Gold” with Ronald Kujawski, horticulturist

View recording

Session 1:

Deb Roque, Justamere Tree Farm: “Why I left a conservation career to buy a farm”; Tom Ryan, DCR Service Forester: Mushrooms at Simon’s Rock; and Michael Downey, State Forester: Agroforestry: Realizing the Greatest Good for Nature, Climate and Farm

View Recording

Session 2:

Shamu Sadeh: Building Identity, Community and (Re)newed Spirituality at the Adamah Farm; Annie Novak, rooftop gardening, Growing; and Jeff Jourdain, Jourdain Forest Management, on silvopasturing

View Recording

Session 3:

Leda Meredith, author and ethnobotanist: Foraging Wild Edible Plants of the Northeast in Autumn; Diamonique Lundy of SoLo’s Food, alumni of BHSEC Newark: Eating to Live; and Will Conklin, Greenagers and April Hill Conservation Center: Reconnecting Forestry and Local Agriculture: Extending Sustainability to Local Timber Resources and Supply Chains

View Recording

Keynote Address: View Recording

By Emily M. Broad Leib, Clinical Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School. Author of the “Blueprint for a National Food Strategy

Additional Resources

Cheeses from local farms.

Cheeses from local farms at the 2017 conference.

ThinkFOOD 2019 student

Student participant at ThinkFOOD 2019 workshop