2015 Speaker Organizations

Fare Wellness is a program launched in 2012 by Dr. Robert Graham with his wife Julie, a certified health coach and yoga instructor. The goal is for doctors to learn to live, cook and eat by example, enabling and empowering them to become role models and teachers for their patients.

Farmland LP acquires conventional farmland and converts it into certified organic, sustainable farmland. Farmland LP owns 6,750 acres of farmland worth over $50 million in Northern California and Oregon. Investors in Farmland LP help provide organic farmers and progressive ranchers with access to high quality, organic, sustainable farmland and infrastructure to build their businesses to scale, focused on the crops or livestock they produce best.

Food and Wine is a monthly magazine published by Time Inc., featuring recipes, cooking tips, travel information, restaurant reviews, chefs, wine pairings and seasonal/holiday content and has been credited by The New York Times with introducing the dining public to “Perrier, the purple Peruvian potato and Patagonian toothfish”.

Food Tank focuses on building a global community that supports sustainable agriculture by educating society on environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty.

Food & Water Justice, a legal arm of Food & Water Watch, uses the court system to ensure that the food we eat is safe, accessible and sustainably produced with a focus on corporate and government accountability.

FOOD-X is the first international business accelerator program focused on launching food-related ventures with a multi-stage evergreen fund SOS ventures. FOOD-X partners with early-stage food entrepreneurs to bring out their best potential and take them and their products and services successfully to market in areas of food and beverage, health, and environment that are ripe for disruption.

Friends of Family Farmers is building a strong and united voice for Oregon’s independent family farmers, food advocates, and concerned citizens who are working to foster an approach to agriculture that respects the land, treats animals humanely, sustains local communities, and provides a viable livelihood for family farmers. Originally organized in response to the increased pressure being felt by eastern Oregon’s rural communities to welcome out-of-state corporate farms, FoFF advocates on behalf of socially responsible agriculture, helping communities protect themselves from threats posed by factory farms.

Going Green Living Bling is working to transform the minds and health of children and the community using hip hop as a platform of communication. Eco hip-hop is about redefining the image of wealth in hip hop culture for youth, trying to make it cool to be healthy, to be aware, to be conscious of themselves and the world around them.

Green Bronx Machine is an impact driven, for-purpose organization with 501(c)(3) status rooted in the belief that we are all Amer-I-Cans! Born via collaboration between life-long educator Stephen Ritz and his students who observed that as waistlines expanded, engagement and opportunities in school decreased, school performance suffered, and hope and ambition became minimized. Originally an after-school, alternative program for high school students, Green Bronx Machine has evolved into K-12+ model fully integrated into core curriculum. Students grow, eat and love their vegetables en route to spectacular academic performance.

GrowNYC is a nonprofit organization that empowers New Yorkers to live a clean and healthy life through organizing environmental programs in and around the city. GrowNYC operates farmers markets like the Union Square Greenmarket, builds community gardens, and teaches environmental awareness.

Henry Hargreaves Photography uses photography to move beyond the short shelf life and immediate pleasure of food to explore the broader meaning of how we interact with this fundamental building block of life and culture.

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. The program encourages children to become more physically active, gives parents helpful information, provides healthier foods in schools and ensures that every family has access to healthy, affordable food.

Masumoto Family Farm is a family owned 80 acre organic farm south of Fresno, California producing peaches, nectarines, and grapes (for raisins). The farm shares their love for sustainability and harvest through food, writing, and art.

New York City Coalition Against Hunger is the voice for over 1,100 nonprofit soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City providing food access for 1.4 million low-income New Yorkers. The coalition works to provide innovative solutions to help society move past the soup kitchen and become a more self-sufficient food economy.

Real Food Challenge unites university students in creating a healthy and sustainable food system that supports local real food. The primary goal is to shift university food budgets away from industrial farms and processed foods and towards “real food” by 2020.

Seed Capital Kentucky is a nonprofit organization created to catalyze the success and resilience of Kentucky’s regional agriculture and food economy by offering grants to small farmers, conducting research, and providing networking opportunities.

Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) empowers rural communities to protect themselves from the devastating health, environmental, and economic impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or “factory farms.”

Stirring the Pot is a weekly radio show bringing together the best minds in food, cooking, nutrition and health to discuss some of the hottest topics from food and agriculture policy to edible sourcing, dietary needs and cooking.

Union Square Hospitality Group is the team behind New York City’s celebrated restaurants: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and Shake Shack. Committed to creating positive change in the community, USHG supports and partners with hunger relief organizations like Share Our Strength, City Harvest, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, and local schools and educational programs.




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