Events calendar

Sunday. 21 February, 2021 - Saturday. 27 February, 2021
Monday. 22 February, 2021
2:00 pm ET

Stories from the field: Small Farms and GAP Audits

A Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) audit may seem like an impossible goal for a small scale farmer and an equally hard topic to teach for produce safety educators. Two farmers, Roberto Meza from Emerald Gardens in Colorado and Nathan Vannette from Growing Green Family Farms in South Carolina, and a former GAP certified farmer turned produce safety educator, Kim Butz from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, will share a few stories about their experiences being audited, lessons learned, and how produce safety practices improved their farms.

For educators teaching GAPs, this will be a great opportunity to hear some success stories and challenges and ask lots of questions - about half of the webinar will be dedicated to audience Q&A.

Questions? Please contact Billy Mitchell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This webinar is generously supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award 1U01FD006921-01 totaling $1,000,000 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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Tuesday. 23 February, 2021
12:00 pm ET

Resolving Challenging Issues through Agricultural Mediation

Sometimes, as a farmer, you find yourself stuck or facing a conflict. Whether your business has been threatened, a creditor is hounding you, or a neighbor is making complaints about your farm, you are not alone. The USDA’s certified Agricultural Mediation programs can help you through these situations.

The mediation program is a free service that gives all voices an opportunity to be heard and work together toward a solution that works for everyone. In this webinar, you will have a chance to meet Agricultural mediators in New England. They will give you an overview of the program and share some stories that illustrate the effectiveness of their work.

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2:00 pm ET

Vermicomposting: Vegetable Kitchen Scraps to Usable Compost

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Presenter: Nic Usabel, University of Idaho Extension - Canyon County

Description: Don't have space for an outdoor compost pile? Want to compost indoors? Join in as we discuss how to create your own vermiculture bin plus care and maintenance of your new friends.

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Wednesday. 24 February, 2021
2:00 pm ET

Digging into the plant-based movement: How it started and where it’s going

A perfect storm of consumer demand for healthy, sustainable and flavorful foods has both new companies and legacy brands alike turning their focus to plant-based options. This fast-growing category of foods and beverages includes alternatives to traditional meat and dairy products, as well as plant-forward creations that celebrate vegetables, grains and other plant foods in their own right. Overwhelming consumer acceptance of these products has spurred quick and mighty growth for plant-based foods in recent years, but will it last?

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Join SmartBrief and a panel of industry experts to explore the state of the plant-based food movement and what lies ahead. We'll cover:

  •  What consumers really want when it comes to this category
  •  The potential for this trend to last, and how it might evolve 
  • Whether the proliferation of this space will create any new sustainability issues
  • Untapped opportunities for foodservice operators and food and beverage manufacturers


  Marie Molde, MBA, RD
  Account Manager, Registered Dietitian

With a strong background in food, nutrition and business, Marie brings Datassential, a market research firm focused on the food industry, a unique culinary perspective and health-driven point of view. Restaurant chains and suppliers have relied on Marie’s expertise in menu and product development, and for years she has helped foodservice and retail companies excel in innovation. Marie is a member of the Menus of Change Business Leadership Council, a group of leading chefs, food and foodservice executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and social innovators working to inform, support and confront issues that are surrounding the food industry today. 

  Lynn Blashford
  Chief Marketing Officer
  White Castle

Since joining the White Castle team 10 years ago, Lynn has made numerous contributions to expand White Castle’s reach and engagement across generations and to steward the full customer experience. Currently, as chief marketing officer, Lynn is responsible for brand building, strategy, advertising, media, promotions, social engagement, shopper marketing, and basically keeping the Crave alive and prospering for both the restaurant and retail divisions for the family-owned organization. White Castle, a family-owned business based in Columbus, Ohio, owns and operates 370 restaurants in 12 states and was the first QSR hamburger chain to rollout the Impossible Slider system-wide in 2018.


  Amy Sung
  Director of Content, Food & Beverage

Amy Sung is the director of content for food and travel at SmartBrief, where she manages both editorial content and content marketing spanning the foodservice, food retail and consumer packaged goods industries, as well as the travel and hospitality industries.

Thursday. 25 February, 2021
11:30 am ET

16th Annual Chicago Food Justice Summit

Welcome to Radical Re-Imagination.

Join The Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) and its summit planning team in celebrating 16 years of leveraging collective power to policy. The summit will equip attendees with meaningful knowledge, relationships, and conversations to envision our food future together. Each day will highlight ways to ground policy in community action and engage participants in radically re-imagining Chicago’s foodscape.

You will be able to connect with food workers, farmers, vendors, and local leaders. Together we will discuss food policy and other critical issues involving climate change, labor, food access and urban farming. We will also dive into food production in Chicago, Cook County, and across the state of Illinois. The Summit will consist of virtual workshops, passionate speakers, a marketplace of resources, and more!


CFPAC as an organization advocates for policies that promote food justice and sovereignty. Rather than placing the focus on our methods of getting to a more equitable food system, we feel we should emphasize our desired outcome: food justice and sovereignty for the Chicago region. While changes like this may seem inconsequential, CFPAC believes the intentional language sets the stage for broader conversations to fully address the systemic problems we seek to uproot.

Learn more about Chicago Food Policy Action Council's work and how you can support here.

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1:00 pm ET

NAFSN Food Supply Chain Innovators: Joshua Stoll


Webinar #2  FEBRUARY 25, 2021, 1PM-2PM EST 



Meet the Innovator

Joshua Stoll is a co-founder of the Local Catch Network (LCN). Local Catch Network is LCN a community of practice, that is made up of fishermen, organizers, researchers, and consumers throughout North America who are providing local, healthful, low-impact seafood via community-supported fisheries and direct-marketing arrangements. 

Since 2011, Josh has worked closely with LCN members and partners to elevate small and community-based fisheries. LCN has 200+ members committed to a shared core of values and striving to elevate local and regional seafood systems.

This multimedia webinar will provide ample opportunity for interactive learning from Joshua as an accomplished practitioner/researcher.


Meet NAFSN’s Webinar Series Producer

Laura Lauffer is the Extension associate & project director for EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems at North Carolina State University & the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. As co-chair of the NAFSN Productions Circle for 2020-2021, Laura is committed to amplifying the voices of community-based food chain innovators who are improving economic and social equity in rural communities. 

NAFSN is a professional development association for food systems practitioners, scholars, community leaders, advocates, and citizens throughout North America. Join us to grow the food systems profession. For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This event is hosted by NAFSN through its Voices from the Grassroots Webinar Series.

Saturday. 27 February, 2021
4:00 pm ET

Virtual Screening of Rhythms of the Land Trailer

Note the different time zones: 3 pm - 4:30 pm PST and 6 pm -7:30 pm EST

About this Event

Saturday, FEBRUARY 27th

Farms to Grow, Inc. presents

A Virtual Screening: RHYTHMS of The LAND Trailer

A Documentary Film Project by Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Gail P. Myers

RELEASE DATE: October 2021


Rhythms of the Land is a documentary spotlighting Black farmers, their struggles and survival against overwhelming odds. In 1920, there were 920,000 black farmers in the United States, although many of those were sharecroppers and tenant farmers. Today there are roughly 33,570 black land owners.

In the Summer of 2012, Dr. Myers, drove 10,000 miles in four weeks to cover 10 southern states (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida) interviewing over 30 Black sharecroppers, tenant farmers, and 3rd to 5th generation farmers.

Each interview represents generations of cultural traditions, family farming, and a farming philosophy that honors land, sustainability, their communities, and unimaginable perseverance despite predatory lending practices and policies levied against them.

Rhythms of the Land is a valentine to Black farmers. Dr. Myers' primary goal is to preserve the stories, and honor the legacy and the lives of Black farmers.

The documentary film project is currently in post production. We received a $40,000 match donation from an Angel Donor to kick off the archiving and editing of the raw footage from 2012.

Join Farms to Grow, Inc and our 1st Investor in making a match donation to assist in the completion of this important project. Follow Rhythms of the Land to the release date, October 2021. Make an impact today by assisting us to reach $15,000 - $40,000 in 30 days.

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