2013 Speaker Organizations

Black Urban Growers (BUGs) is an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for black growers in both urban and rural settings.

The Dinner Party Project is a dynamic family-focused food education program involving children (5th-8th graders) in the entire process of producing a dinner party for their families at a school or community center.

Equitable Food Initiative certifies compliance with standards that reduce food contamination, pesticide use and health hazards in the fields.

Food Family Farming Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to empower schools to serve nutritious whole food to all students.

Just Food is a non-profit organization that connects communities and local farms with the resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to all New Yorkers. Just Food provides regional farmers and food producers, CSA organizers and everyday eaters with the resources and support they need to establish and experience healthy food systems—in every neighborhood.

The Just Label It Campaign was initiated by Organic Voices which was started in the spring of 2011 when a group of organic stakeholders met in Washington, DC to discuss the contamination threat posed by genetically engineered crops to organic farming.

National Resources Defense Council is one of the nation’s most prominent environmental action groups, advocating for environmental protection through its support of sustainable food systems and efforts to educate the public on the issues of climate change, pollution, and food waste among other damage we’ve inflicted on our planet.

National Young Farmers’ Coalition represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success by encouraging connections between young farmers, influencing policy to benefit them, and implementing education programs to forge the next generation of skilled farm workers.

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.

Small Planet Institute seeks to identify the core, often unspoken, assumptions and forces—economic, political, and psychological—now taking our planet in a direction that as individuals none of us would choose. We disseminate this deeper understanding of root causes.

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