- Program Overview
- Center for Food Studies
- ThinkFOOD 2018
The Future of Farming:
Democratizing the Food System
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Kellogg Music Center and Fisher Science Center
Join us for the 5th annual ThinkFOOD conference!
“We hope to create a dialogue that will illuminate Berkshire foodways for producers
and consumers, connect potential partners for collaboration, and help to determine
the best way forward for Berkshire food.”-Professor Maryann Tebben,
Center for Food Studies at Simon’s Rock,
from the 2016 Conference
10:00 a.m. Welcome (Kellogg Music Center)
10:15 a.m. Farmers as Activists: Democratizing Food Production
Why is ownership of food production important?
Amani Olugbala from Soul Fire Farm, Ibrahim Ali from Gardening the Community, and
Lindsey Lusher Shute from the National Young Farmers Coalition will discuss these
questions: What could bring young farmers, people of color, and underrepresented groups
into farming? How do we create a pipeline of future farmers to maintain our food supply
ethically and sustainably? Why is ownership of food production important, particularly
for marginalized groups?
Panel of experts discussing equity and fair wages for farmworkers at the 2017 Conference
12:00 p.m. Lunch
Served in the Simon’s Rock Dining Hall and featuring local foods.
Poster presentations by students from the fall course Food Media Literacy, taught by KellyAnne McGuire, Outreach Librarian at Simon’s Rock. Faculty members
and students will lead tours of the Fisher Science Building.
2014 participants mingle between panels
1:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussions (Fisher Science Building)
Session A: 1:30-2:15pm Session B: 2:30-3:15pm
How can "food-active" citizens engage with agriculture in productive ways?
The roundtables will examine how consumers can connect with food production and sustainable
eating via social justice organizations or farm-to-table businesses or CSAs, for example. Roundtable topics will be selected by audience members at the close of the first panel.
Each session will offer two different topics; conference attendees choose which discussions
Will Conklin, Executive Director of Greenagers
Alena Coons (SR '00), PhD candidate in Ecopsychology, Agrarian Researcher, Educator
Amanda Brown, Director of UMass Student Farm
Jessica Vecchia, Director of Alchemy Initiative in Pittsfield
Morgan Ovitsky, Be Well Berkshires Project Coordinator
Mark Firth, owner, and Steve Browning, chef, Prairie Whale Restaurant
3:15 p.m. Conference Wrap-up and Conclusions
4:00 p.m. Campus Tree Walk
Join Donald McClelland, faculty in environmental science, for a fun and educational
walk around campus to learn about the trees, with an emphasis on native trees and foraging
Questions? Contact the conference organizers
Cheeses from local farms at the 2017 conference.
Locally sourced ingredients at the 2017 ThinkFOOD brunch.