2013 Piedmont NC Come to the Table Conference                              Tuesday, February 19th                 UNIVERSI...
Cone                                     Alexander       Claxton        Dogwood                         Auditorium    Mapl...
DETAILED SCHEDULE8:00 - 9:00 AM : REGISTRATION AND COFFEE – Cone BallroomALL DAY: Display Tables in Cone Ballroom9:00 - 9:...
Get an overview of agriculture in the Piedmont from people who’ve worked here withfarmers and farmer organizations for yea...
Community gardens are gaining ground as a way to feed and educate families, connectmembers to Creation and encourage fello...
2:00 - 2:45 PM : KEYNOTE ADDRESS – AuditoriumMalik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network & IATP FellowHail...
people are making on the food system is significant! You will hear from three compellingprojects that engage youth in food...
Come to the Table is a project of the Rural Life Committee of the North Carolina Councilof Churches, coordinated by RAFI-U...
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2013 Piedmont NC Come to the Table Conference Schedule (tentative)

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Join us for a day of speakers, breakout session, and networking opportunities for people of faith working to relieve hunger and support local agriculture. Registration available at: http://rafiusa.net/registration/

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2013 Piedmont NC Come to the Table Conference Schedule (tentative)

  1. 1. 2013 Piedmont NC Come to the Table Conference Tuesday, February 19th UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA - GREENSBORO ELLIOTT UNIVERSITY CENTER 1400 SPRING GARDEN STREET, GREENSBORO, NC 27412 Cone Alexander Claxton Dogwood Auditorium Maple Room Ballroom Room Room Room 8:00 - Registration and Coffee – Cone Ballroom 9:00 am ALL Display Tables – Cone Ballroom DAY 9:00 – Opening Prayers, Remark, & Panel – Auditorium 9:45 Panel: Interfaith Perspectives on Food and Farming am Breakout Session I10:00 Addressing - Understanding Supporting Understanding Racism in11:15 Food Farmers, Agriculture in the Food am Insecurity in Supporting the Piedmont System the Piedmont Families (#1)11:15 - Break11:30 am Breakout Session II11:30 Addressing Farmworkers: - Community Community Racism in Supporting12:45 Gardening Organizing the Food Those Who pm 101 101 System Harvest Our (#2) Food12:45 - Lunch, Roundtable Discussions, & Prayer – Cone Ballroom 1:55 pm  RAFI-USA ⦁ P.O. Box 640 ⦁ Pittsboro, NC 27312 ⦁ 919.542.1396 ⦁ www.cometothetablenc.org ⦁ Tweet@rafiusa #Come2TheTable                      
  2. 2. Cone Alexander Claxton Dogwood Auditorium Maple Room Ballroom Room Room Room2:00– Keynote Address – Auditorium2:45 Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network &pm Haile Johnston, Common Market Philadelphia Breakout Session III 3:00 Farming - Finding Opportunities 4:15 Recipes for Support for Youth for pm Change Your Organizing Immigrants Ministry & Refugees 4:15 - Conference Evaluation – In Breakout Session Rooms 4:35 pm 4:40 - Closing Remarks, & Benediction – Auditorium 5:00 pm    RAFI-USA ⦁ P.O. Box 640 ⦁ Pittsboro, NC 27312 ⦁ 919.542.1396 ⦁ www.cometothetablenc.org ⦁ Tweet@rafiusa #Come2TheTable                      
  3. 3. DETAILED SCHEDULE8:00 - 9:00 AM : REGISTRATION AND COFFEE – Cone BallroomALL DAY: Display Tables in Cone Ballroom9:00 - 9:15 AM : OPENING PRAYER AND REMARKS – AuditoriumArchie Hart, NC Department of Agriculture and RAFI-USA Board MemberSarah Gibson, Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA)Scott Marlow, RAFI-USA9:15 - 9:45 AM : INTERFAITH PERSPECTIVES ON FOOD AND FARMING – AuditoriumThe Theology of Food & Agriculture: How Faith Can Guide and Inspire our WorkLaura Beach, Longtown United Methodist ChurchJoy Williams, Partners in Health and WholenessRabbi Guttman, Temple EmanuelAnna Awartani, Zaytoon Mediterranean CaféFacilitator: Frank Dew, Greensboro Urban MinistryHow does faith inspire and guide our work on issues of hunger, health and agriculture?Hear stories about the practical application of diverse faith perspectives from leaders inthis movement.10:00 - 11:15 AM : BREAKOUT SESSION IUnderstanding Food Insecurity in the Piedmont – AuditoriumDon Milholin, Out of the Garden ProjectJenny Hudson, Interactive Resource CenterFacilitator: Frank Dew, Greensboro Urban MinistryMany families in central North Carolina don’t know where their next meal is comingfrom and many more are only a paycheck or health problem away from needingemergency food assistance. Hear from hunger relief ministries and those who work withfood insecure families about the root causes and effects of food insecurity in thePiedmont and learn how ministries and organizations are addressing this challenge.Understanding Agriculture in the Piedmont – Maple RoomDorothy Barker, Operation Spring PlantJohn O’Sullivan, Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) at N.C. A&TKaren McAdams, McAdams Family FarmsFacilitator: Archie Hart, NC Department of Agriculture and RAFI-USA Board Member  RAFI-USA ⦁ P.O. Box 640 ⦁ Pittsboro, NC 27312 ⦁ 919.542.1396 ⦁ www.cometothetablenc.org ⦁ Tweet@rafiusa #Come2TheTable                      
  4. 4. Get an overview of agriculture in the Piedmont from people who’ve worked here withfarmers and farmer organizations for years. This session will cover a range of topicsincluding socially disadvantaged farmers, challenges that face small and family farms inthe region, and statewide initiatives to support environmental farming practices. You willleave with practical suggestions for how to better support family farmers in yourcommunity.Supporting Farmers, Supporting Families: How Can Local Food Be MoreAccessible? – Alexander RoomHaile Johnston, Common Market PhiladelphiaMargaret Gifford, Farmer FoodshareManju Rajendran, Vimala’s Curryblossom CaféSarah Blacklin, former Carrboro Farmers Market ManagerLearn what the challenges are to making fresh and local food accessible and whatcreative solutions organizations and farmers have come up with to make healthy localfood affordable and practical for all members of their communities. You’ll hear aboutlocal and regional initiatives as well as hearing from a nationally recognized model inPhiladelphia.Addressing Racism in the Food System (#1) – Claxton RoomMalik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security NetworkCristina Rivera Chapman, Tierra Negra FarmTahz Rufus Walker, Tierra Negra FarmJes Kelly, EducatorAnyone working to create an accessible and healthy local food system will inevitably runinto issues of race and class during the process. This session will be guided byexperienced trainers who provide a framework for thinking about race and class in thecontext of food and agriculture and can give suggestions for how to address racism in thecontext of your work.11:15 - 11:30 AM : BREAK11:30 - 12:45 PM : BREAKOUT SESSION IICommunity Gardening 101 – Maple RoomKaren Neill, Guilford County Cooperative ExtensionTim Gwyn, Beloved Community CenterFacilitator: Mary Jac Brennan, Forsyth County Cooperative Extension  RAFI-USA ⦁ P.O. Box 640 ⦁ Pittsboro, NC 27312 ⦁ 919.542.1396 ⦁ www.cometothetablenc.org ⦁ Tweet@rafiusa #Come2TheTable                      
  5. 5. Community gardens are gaining ground as a way to feed and educate families, connectmembers to Creation and encourage fellowship within congregations and across racial,economic and generational lines. Find out what it takes to get a garden started and how tokeep it growing in the years to come.Community Organizing 101 – Alexander RoomWill Robinson, RAFI-USAManju Rajendren, Vimala’s Curryblossom CaféFood and farming can bring people together, but starting a ministry that crossesdenominational, political, racial and economic lines can be a challenge. Learn the basicsof organizing a ministry or project that builds relationships and engages diversecommunities.Addressing Racism in the Food System (#2) – Claxton RoomMalik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security NetworkCristina Rivera Chapman, Tierra Negra FarmTahz Rufus Walker, Tierra Negra FarmJes Kelly, EducatorAnyone working to create an accessible and healthy local food system will inevitably runinto issues of race and class during the process. This session will be guided byexperienced trainers who provide a framework for thinking about race and class in thecontext of food and agriculture and can give suggestions for how to address racism in thecontext of your work. (Note: This session is a repeat from the morning AddressingRacism session)Farmworkers: Supporting Those Who Harvest Our Food – Dogwood RoomWesley Morris, Beloved Community CenterAna Maria Reichenbach, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)Facilitator: Nadeen Bir, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF)Those who labor in agriculture are essential to bringing food to our tables, but the livingand working conditions of farmworkers are not widely understood or acknowledged.Learn some of the facts about the lives of those who work in the fields and find out howyour ministry or organization can support a harvest of dignity.12:45 - 1:55 PM : LUNCH AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS – Cone BallroomPrayer: Bernard Obie, Abanitu Organics  RAFI-USA ⦁ P.O. Box 640 ⦁ Pittsboro, NC 27312 ⦁ 919.542.1396 ⦁ www.cometothetablenc.org ⦁ Tweet@rafiusa #Come2TheTable                      
  6. 6. 2:00 - 2:45 PM : KEYNOTE ADDRESS – AuditoriumMalik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network & IATP FellowHaile Johnston, Common Market Philadelphia and IATP FellowGain a national perspective on issues of hunger and agriculture by learning about theinspiring work of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and an excitinglocal food aggregation and distribution model in Philadelphia. Malik Yakini and HaileJohnston will discuss how lessons learned in their communities are relevant to NorthCarolina.3:00 - 4:15 PM : BREAKOUT SESSION IIIRecipes for Change: How Congregations Can Nourish Body and Soul – MapleWillona Stallings, Partners in Health and WholenessBishop Donagrant L. McCluney, Southerners on New Ground (SONG)Emily Ford Yoon, UNC-Chapel Hill and Carolina CoreFacilitator: Shannon Axtell Martin, Partners in Health and WholenessAs people become aware of the connection between health and food, many congregationsare making health central to the practice of their faith and ministry. Learn about resourcesfor clergy and lay people interested in health ministries and hear some examples ofprojects in the area.Finding Support for Your Ministry – Alexander RoomMonica McCann, Resourceful CommunitiesDonna Newton, Guilford Nonprofit ConsortiumJay Leggette, First Baptist Church in Lumberton, NCFacilitator: Edna Rodriguez, RAFI-USAThe economic downturn and the volume of new ministries and projects make it difficultto secure grant funding. That’s not always a bad thing. Learn when applying for a grantmakes sense, when it doesn’t and how to find creative and useful support within yourcommunity.Youth Organizing: How Young People are Changing the Food System – ClaxtonChas Edens, Anathoth Community GardenNilisha McPhaul, SEEDS, DurhamXena Erkisen, Interfaith Food Shuttle, RaleighFacilitator: Santos Flores, SEEDS, DurhamFarming and gardening offer opportunities for young folks to understand where their foodcomes from, become more engaged in their church and community and learn critical lifeskills. Youth aren’t the only ones benefitting from these programs; the impact that young  RAFI-USA ⦁ P.O. Box 640 ⦁ Pittsboro, NC 27312 ⦁ 919.542.1396 ⦁ www.cometothetablenc.org ⦁ Tweet@rafiusa #Come2TheTable                      
  7. 7. people are making on the food system is significant! You will hear from three compellingprojects that engage youth in food and agriculture.Farming Opportunities for Immigrants and Refugees – DogwoodKelly Owensby, Transplanting Traditions FarmDer Xiong, Immigrant Agriculture Program Coordinator at Cooperative ExtensionKwol Ksa, Montagnard Women’s Learning GroupDr. H Wier Siu, Montagnard Women’s Learning GroupFacilitator: Andrew Young, CNNC/UNCG + Guilford CollegeThe Piedmont has large communities of recent immigrants and refugees, many of whomcome from agricultural backgrounds and have expertise in farming, community healthand organizing. Learn about local grassroots projects that help these communitiesnavigate some of the obstacles here in food production and marketing.4:15 - 4:35 PM : CONFERENCE EVALUATION – In Breakout Session Rooms4:40 - 5:00 PM : CLOSING REMARKS AND BENEDICTION – AuditoriumFrancesca Hyatt, RAFI-USAWesley Morris, Beloved Community Center  RAFI-USA ⦁ P.O. Box 640 ⦁ Pittsboro, NC 27312 ⦁ 919.542.1396 ⦁ www.cometothetablenc.org ⦁ Tweet@rafiusa #Come2TheTable                      
  8. 8. Come to the Table is a project of the Rural Life Committee of the North Carolina Councilof Churches, coordinated by RAFI-USA with support from The Duke Endowment. Come to the Table: www.cometothetablenc.org North Carolina Council of Churches: www.nccouncilofchurches.org The Duke Endowment: www.thedukeendowment.org Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA: www.rafiusa.orgCo-sponsorship by the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake ForestUniversity School of Divinity and by the UNCG Communications Department.Deep gratitude to the many local organizations and community members involved in theplanning process for this event and to the Proximity Hotel for their support.Stay in touch!Website: www.cometothetablenc.orgFacebook: www.facebook.com/cometothetablencTwitter: www.twitter.com/rafiusaEmail: cttt@rafiusa.orgPhone: office - (919) 542-1396 cell - (919) 323-7587Mail: Come to the Table Project RAFI-USA P.O. Box 640 Pittsboro, NC 27312  RAFI-USA ⦁ P.O. Box 640 ⦁ Pittsboro, NC 27312 ⦁ 919.542.1396 ⦁ www.cometothetablenc.org ⦁ Tweet@rafiusa #Come2TheTable                      

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