Events calendar

Friday, September 25, 2020
10:00 am ET

Community Organizing in the Food System

Florida Food Forum - September's Topic:
Community Organizing and the Food System

Join us online from 12-1pm (EDT) on Friday, September 25th, for the Florida Food Forum on "Community Organizing and the Food System." Monica Petrella, Food System Program Coordinator for Hillsborough County and Wilson Perez, Farmworker Staff Member with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), will be presenting on this important topic. Following the presentation will be a discussion and Q&A session.


Guest Presenter Information: 

Bio: Monica Petrella is a passionate advocate for regional food systems. She first learned about the power of regional economic systems while attending the Small Farms Conference hosted by UF IFAS in 2012. She attended the University of Florida where she graduated with her B.S. in Food and Resource Economics supplemented with a minor in Organic and Sustainable Crop Production. She then later attended the University of Vermont to earn a M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics, specializing in Community Food Systems. She has worked on small farms, in farm-to-table restaurants, volunteered in community gardens, and met a variety of stakeholders in the Tampa Bay Food System. She has also published Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Investigating the Impact of Social Capital in the Tampa Bay Community Food System. Previously she was involved in community organizing and political advocacy but recently started a new position at Hillsborough County as the Food System Coordinator.


Bio: Wilson Perez is a farmworker staff member with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).  Wilson is originally from Guatemala and has worked in the agricultural industry across the East Coast for many years harvesting all types of produce. As part of the Fair Food Program, Wilson and his colleagues conduct workers’ rights education in the fields on all farms participating in the Fair Food Program.  Wilson’s work at the CIW includes hosting daily radio shows on the CIW’s community FM radio station, leading weekly community meetings, receiving complaints of abuses in the fields, and managing wage theft claims.   

Forum Host:
 Dell deChant is the Associate Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of South Florida and a member of the Board of Directors at the Florida Food Policy Council.

Join us

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+1 941-306-1146 United States, Sarasota (Toll);

Conference ID: 489 081 113#


The Florida Food Forum is a free event and a recording will be made available to the public after the webinar. To support our work, please consider becoming a member or making a donation.

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1:30 pm ET

The First Encounter: 4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day

The 4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is fast approaching. This year's challenges have pushed us beyond the Midwest and into the virtual realm where we are excited to present a series of three short, interactive virtual field days. 
This virtual field day series will showcase tools and techniques for mechanical weed control in both row crops and specialty crops. Sam Hitchcock Tilton, mechanical weeding specialist, will be joined by farmer/experts Peter Seely and Jared Oomen to demonstrate a variety of tools and tool-set up, explaining details and taking farmers’ questions live.  
The virtual field day schedule is as follows (all events will take place 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. CDT on Facebook Live)
  • September 11 — Episode 1: Drone Wars, an exploration of camera-guided cultivation in row crops
  • September 18 — Episode 2: The Awakening, a demonstration of tool set-up and in-shop adjustments
  • September 25 — Episode 3:  The First Encounter, precision cultivation in direct-seeded vegetables
Attendees from any state will be eligible to earn 1 CEU per session (3 total CEUs available) in Crop Management with their CCA number. This series is offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and partnerships with Practical Farmers of Iowa and The Land Connection.   
To register and find additional information, including an overview of the tools being demonstrated, please visit