3rd Annual MA Food System Collaborative

Friday, November 22, 2019
1 College Street
Hogan Campus Center
Worcester, MA 01610
United States

Attend the 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum to learn new skills, celebrate successes, and collaborate across disciplines to increase equity and sustainability in the MA food system. 

The day will begin with an optional networking breakfast at 9:00am. After an overview of the MA Food System Collaborative's work and selected food system topics, there will be the opportunity to attend breakout groups which will provide updates and brainstorm next steps around:

  • The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)
  • Food waste reduction
  • Agricultural resiliency and climate change
  • Farmland access
  • Evaluating and measuring food systems impact
  • Integrating food system education into schools
  • Race and equity at farmers markets 

During the locally-sourced lunch, Massachusetts State Representative Hannah Kane, co-chair of the Legislature’s Food System Caucus, will speak about her work and priorities around nutrition and agriculture legislation. 

Keynote: Tensions and Trade-offs in Food System Work
Food system work requires some challenging balancing acts. Improving market opportunities for farmers while at the same time expanding access to healthy affordable food for low-income consumers. Promoting the local economy and protecting the environment while maintaining jobs and the tax base. It often feels like trade-offs are inevitable. Becca Jablonski, Assistant Professor and Food Systems Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University, will discuss her research around these trade-offs, and how communities can best work together to promote win-win scenarios.

Afternoon Sessions
In the afternoon, there will be skill-building workshops and discussions on topics including: 

  • Non profit lobbying
  • State budget process
  • Advocacy
  • Food policy councils and community food assessments
  • State funding and technical assistance
  • and more 

The day will conclude with a panel of community groups presenting on their work to strengthen the food system.