Webinars related to food systems and/or community development.



The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) is pleased to announce the honorees of the ninth annual Food Sovereignty Prize: Zimbabwe Small Holder Organic Farmers’ Forum (ZIMSOFF) and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). The honorees will be awarded the prize on October 17, 2017, at the Food Sovereignty Prize Live ceremony, streamed online at 12PM EDST. The ceremony can be viewed by RSVPing online at



This year’s honorees were selected for their success in promoting food sovereignty, agroecology, and social justice to ensure that all people have access to fresh, nutritious food produced in harmony with the planet. Lauded as an alternative to the World Food Prize, the Food Sovereignty Prize champions real solutions to hunger and is recognized by social movements, activists, and community-based organizations around the world. This year’s honorees are tenacious in their resistance to the corporate control of our food system, including false solutions of biotechnology that damage the planet while exacerbating poverty and hunger.



Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum: (ZIMSOFF), is the voice of over 10,500 peasants struggling for social justice across Zimbabwe. ZIMSOFF organizes and empowers smallholder farmers practicing sustainable agriculture to improve their livelihoods, and influences policies and public awareness on agroecology and farmers rights. They pay particular attention to the participation and leadership of rural women and youth. ZIMSOFF has a special focus on seeds, promoting seed saving, breeding of locally-adapted varieties, and farmer-to-farmer seed exchanges, including through national and southern Africa regional seed sovereignty networks.



Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance: (NAMA) is a fishermen-led organization working at the intersection of marine conservation and social, economic, and environmental justice. NAMA works to build a movement for a healthy ocean, a just seafood system, and community-based fisheries that are diverse, fair, and equitable for all. NAMA’s mission is to enhance and maintain healthy marine ecosystems by organizing a decentralized network of community-based fishermen, fishworkers, and allies, with the understanding that no one entity can solve the complex environmental-social-economic problems faced by our fishing communities and those whose lives depend on a healthy ocean.




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Other Events

Join in the Food Week of Action and World Food Day with Solidarity Actions

  1. Boycott Wendy’s, tweet, and deliver manager letters in solidarity with farmworkers.
  2. Support family farmers by pushing for transparency around land investments by pension funds, starting with TIAA-CREF at
  3. Raise your voice to push for justice and good stewardship in the next Farm Bill.


Co-sponsor the Food Week as a congregation or organization by calling or emailing me.

Event Date 10/17/2017 12:00 pm ET
Event End Date 10/17/2017 1:15 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



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 10/17/2017 12:00 pm ET
Event End Date 10/17/2017 1:15 pm ET
Individual Price Free

Join us! Co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and featuring the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition and Rural Vermont. 

This webinar focuses on the power of the individual voice of farmers telling their stories in support of food and farm policy change. Join us for a conversation with farmers about the value of farmers as members of food and farm coalitions, what motivates farmers to engage in local and state level policy advocacy, what to consider to engage farmers in long-term, policy advocacy, and how to successfully build the capacity of farmers to be advocates.
Event Date 10/17/2017 12:30 pm ET
Individual Price Free
Presenters will discuss effects of cover crops, compost, and rotation, as well as the influence of soil management practices on economic returns.
The discussion is applicable to both organic and conventional practices, providing production systems to improve sustainability and profit. This webinar is free and open to the public, and it will be recorded as a webinar.
Organized by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, this special session on Soil Health Research is part of the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting. (The Tri-Societies are the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America).
Register for the live broadcast in advance:

Also, find all upcoming and archived eOrganic webinars at

The free series of educational guidebooks on Soil Health for Organic Farming is also available from the Organic Farming Research Foundation website. 
Event Date 10/25/2017 6:30 am ET
Event End Date 10/25/2017 8:35 am ET
Individual Price Free



Second of a two-part policy webinar series hosted by Center for a Livable Future and the Chesapeake Foodshed Network. Join this webinar to learn about the role of local, state, and national farm interest associations & groups in elevating the concerns of agricultural communities to decision makers. Through paid staff, advocacy organizations & associations can bridge the divide between grassroots, community needs, & government. It is important though that these associations continue to actively engage & listen to farmers in order to accurately reflect their concerns & needs. This webinar will focus on the role of paid advocates or lobbyists advocating for the needs of grassroots coalitions. 


First webinar of the series, held October 17th, entitled "From Field to Capitol: Farmers as Advocates", featured 3 food & farm coalitions/councils engaged with direct advocacy & farmer engagement. Watch it here:



Event Date 11/14/2017 12:00 pm ET
Event End Date 11/14/2017 1:15 pm ET
Individual Price Free