Webinars related to food systems and/or community development.



Join this regionally-focused webinar to dig into strategic next steps toward a Chesapeake food system that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. This webinar is based on the recently released "Health, Safety, and Welfare? A Report on the Factors that Favor or Hinder the Flow of Local Food in the Chesapeake Bay Region" (see:, commissioned by The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. & The Town Creek Foundation. The authors will share findings that highlight the need to build a local food system as an alternative to the prevailing system. While both grassroots (bottom up) and grasstops (top down) efforts are needed, grassroots efforts are far ahead of those from the top down. From research, surveys, and policy assessment, the authors will share suggested key next steps, including adoption of a common goal as a framework to integrate our efforts; making “the case” for local foods; and evolution in policy, the supply chain, and buyer/consumer relationships.

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Event Date 9/12/2017 1:00 pm ET
Event End Date 9/12/2017 2:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free
Addressing Food Waste through Governmental Plans: Moving up the Food Recovery Hierarchy

Local governments can play a significant role in addressing wasted food through the development of plans to guide city, county, or state actions. Join us for a conversation about the creation and application of the Center for a Livable Future’s recently released report, Governmental Plans to Address Waste of Food. Compiled with insights from 93 governmental plans addressing wasted food and 17 interviews with authors of those plans, the report shares key trends identified across plans along with words of wisdom from the interviewees. You will also hear from practitioners in Houston, Oregon, and Philadelphia about the development and implementation of their food waste plans, and learn about ways that food policy councils can work in tandem with their local government on such efforts.


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Event Date 10/3/2017 1:00 pm ET
Event End Date 10/3/2017 2:30 pm ET
Individual Price Free

Health, access to care and health insurance affect the vitality of
agricultural enterprises and farm and ranch families, according to results
from a national research project funded by the USDA. Designed for Extension,
tax, loan, health and other agricultural advisors, this webinar will provide
an overview of the research findings and introduce some practical tools that
educators and advisors can use to help farmers and ranchers make informed
decisions for their businesses and households.


Participants will leave the webinar with:
-- An understanding of the intersection of health and agricultural business
viability, grounded in 2016-2017 national research findings;
-- Tools they can use in their work farmers, including worksheets, videos and
other informational resources.
-- Questions to ask farmers and ranchers to help incorporate health costs into
farm enterprise and risk management planning.


Hosted by Scott Loveridge (North Central Regional Center for Rural
Development); the webinar will include presentations from Shoshanah Inwood
(The Ohio State University), Bonnie Braun (University of Maryland Extension),
and Bob Parsons and Jake Jacobs (University of Vermont Extension).
For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program,
please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. September 19.


The project was supported by the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative
Competitive Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
(NIFA), grant number 2015-2014-05623.



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Event Date 10/10/2017 1:30 pm ET
Event End Date 10/10/2017 3:30 pm ET
Individual Price Free
October is National Farm to School Month! Join the National Farm to School Network and thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations across the country as we celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch tray’s filled with healthy, local ingredients. Everyone can celebrate! 
Here are four free upcoming webinars that you're invited to join to learn more about the farm to school movement and its positive impacts. Find more Farm to School Month opportunities (and sign our Take Action Pledge!) at



Explore the National Farm to School Network’s exciting new resource, Growing Head Start Success with Farm to Early Care and Education, and hear from Head Start practitioners about best practices and successes in implementing farm to ECE in the Head Start setting. Register here



Other Webinars:

Economic Impacts of Farm to School
Wednesday, Oct. 11 // 12-1pm ET
Learn about the economic impacts of farm to school initiatives through a case study approach. Panelists will share findings from the new Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools report (a collaborative project of the National Farm to School Network and Colorado State University), highlight the use of key resources for conducting economic impact studies of food system initiatives, and discuss continuing work to better understand the impacts of farm to school activities. Register here
SNEB Webinar: National Farm to School Month: Early Care Education Edition
Tuesday, October 17 // 12-1:15pm ET
Join speakers from the National Farm to School Network and Arizona State University to learn about opportunities to celebrate National Farm to School Month and discover the vast array of benefits of farm to early care and education for children, families and communities. This webinar, hosted by the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB), is free and open to the public. Register here


Event Date 10/10/2017 3:00 pm ET
Event End Date 10/10/2017 4:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free



Good food is fuel for our bodies…but a growing number of community organizations use food to truly empower the next generation. These organizations know that investing in and preparing a new, diverse generation of farmers, food entrepreneurs and advocates is critical to ensuring that everyone in every community has access to healthy, culturally appropriate, locally-grown and sustainably-produced food.



Investing in the Future” via young farmer training, farm to school programs, and other approaches to youth development through food systems is one of eight promising trends identified in “From the Ground Up: Inspiring Community-based Food Systems Innovations,” a publication commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and produced by the Wallace Center that highlights key themes and strategies that community food organizations are using to effect change. (see



This “Investing in the Future” webinar, the second of a four-part #CommunityFood series based on the findings of the report, will feature two organizations doing extraordinary work with youth. We’ll speak with MA’O Organic Farms in Hawai’i about how their Youth Leadership Training program is shaping students’ livelihoods and restoring connections with the land, their culture, and their community. You’ll also hear from Grow Dat Youth Farm in Louisiana about their Advanced Leadership Program that supports youth as they transform their communities, their environments, and themselves. Join us on October 12 as we dig into the nuts and bolts of how these organizations are teaching and inspiring the people they work with, uncover the best practices and lessons learned along the way, and share helpful resources.


As always, there will be significant time for Q&A and discussion.



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Event Date 10/12/2017 3:30 pm ET
Individual Price Free