POSTPONED: Food Justice: Creating Equity Through Sustainable Food Systems
March 18 @ 9:00 am - May 31 @ 1:00 pm MST
**DUE TO THE RISING CONCERNS OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.**
Due to the rising concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Food Justice event on Wednesday, March 18 has been cancelled. Following the President’s address last night and Governor Ducey declaring a public health emergency in Arizona, we have decided that this is the safest option for everyone involved. Although this is an incredibly difficult decision to make, we are first and foremost committed to our community’s safety and wellbeing. We hope to reschedule this event at a later date but do not have any immediate plans to do so just yet, as we are unsure of how the COVID-19 outbreak will continue to develop.
With inequity plaguing the community at large, the food justice movement aims to solidify the community’s right to grow, sell, and eat healthy foods that are culturally appropriate and economically accessible. This focus on equity in food systems helps to provide a more sustainable future for the earth and workers, bridge gaps between various demographics, and remain respectful to cultural traditions.
Join us for our Food Justice: Creating Equity Through Sustainable Food Systems conference as we discuss topics within this movement, engage with local industry experts, and hear from renowned author of Farming While Black and Co-Director and Program Manager of Soul Fire Farm, Leah Penniman. This event, hosted by the Sustainable Food Systems program at Rio Salado College, is the perfect opportunity to contribute to the larger discussion on equity and food justice.
Dietetic professionals may earn up to three CPEUs for this event. Maricopa Community College faculty may earn up to three Faculty Professional Growth (FPG) credits for participation in this event.
9:00am – 9:30am: Registration and Networking
9:30am – 10:45am: Keynote Speaker
10:45am – 11:00am: Break
11:00am – 12:00pm: Breakout Sessions
12:00pm – 1:00: Lunch and Closing Remarks
Speakers and Breakout Sessions
- Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black
Land and Food as Tools to End Mass Incarceration
- Darren Chapman, TigerMountain Foundation
Restorative, Carbon-Negative, Biodiversity-Positive Farming Practice
- Joshua Sundberg, Rio Salado College
Nutrition-Related Health Disparities
- Jessie Green Gruner, Pinnacle Prevention
Faith Responses to an Unjust Food System Panel
- Rev. Doug Bland, Arizona Interfaith Power and Light
- Imam Omar Tawil, Islamic Community Center of Tempe
- Eddie Calderon, Arizona Jews for Justice
- Souta Calling Last, Indigenous Vision
Special thank you to our sponsors, who have helped make this event possible!
- Prescott College
- Giving Tree Cafe
- AZ Jews for Justice
- Islamic Community Center of Tempe
- Indigenous Vision
- AZ Interfaith Power & Light
- Pinnacle Prevention
- True Made Foods
- Rhiba Farms
- Bon Appetit
In an effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, we have instituted event health guidelines to protect guests amid the recent COVID-19 outbreak. There have been no domestic travel restrictions at this time, and there is a very low rate of community transmission in the Phoenix area. However, we will be monitoring these details daily. For the safety and wellbeing of all attendees, please practice safe hand washing procedures, use hand sanitizer, disinfect surfaces frequently, avoid touching your face, and follow our “no handshake” event policy.