Join Food Tank in California and Illinois this Fall!

From by Nina Sparling
Join Food Tank in California and Illinois this Fall!

Mark your calendars. We are announcing the first sketches of the 2017 Food Tank Summit schedule—keep an eye out for further details to come.

Washington DC, in partnership with George Washington University, February 2, 2017

New York City, in partnership with GrowNYC, March 2017

Boston, in partnership with Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, April 1, 2017

London, in partnership with the Sustainable Food Trust, May 2017

…with more specifics to come on events in Toronto and New Orleans!

This fall brings two not-to-be-missed events from Food Tank and partners. The first-ever Farm Tank Summit, in partnership with the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau's Farm-to-Fork program and the University of California, Davis, takes place September 22–23 in Sacramento, CA. Then, on November 16, join us for the 1st Annual Chicago Food Tank Summit. In partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Food Tank brings you an action-packed day featuring 40 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for interactive panels.

At Farm Tank, join us as we bring together more than thirty industry leaders from across the food system for a riveting two-day program. Day one of the conference will bring leaders from all corners of the food system together for a series of lively and interactive discussions about transparency in the food system, innovative food technologies, sustainable protein sources, and much, much more.

Navina Khanna, Director of the HEAL Food Alliance, will start us off with a morning keynote address. The afternoon and evening keynotes will bring Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director and Co-Founder of ROC United, and Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change, to the podium. Each panel, moderated by top journalists in the field, features a keynote address from a prominent figure in the food and agriculture industries, in addition to a diverse array of panelists. Look for interviews with many of them on our website in the coming weeks, and find a complete list of confirmed speakers below. 

On day two, you’ll leave the conference room behind and get your hands dirty. Excursions to farms, food banks, restaurants, manufacturers, and other industry sites will bring you to the heart of the action. To get a sense of the roadmap, visit the Farm Tank event page.

Catch a sneak preview from keynote speaker Michael Dimock :

“Farming should not be based on an industrial paradigm. Rather, to be sustainable, it requires a biological or agroecological paradigm that acknowledges that all living things are connected, interdependent, and only possible because of a natural resource base that must be restored.”—Michael Dimock, President of Roots of Change

Don’t wait—this event is sure to sell out. Tickets are $249—this includes our dinner reception on September 22, which promises to be a memorable meal featuring locally sourced food, drink, and conversation!

Farm Tank confirmed speakers include:

  • Michiel Bakker, Director, Global Food Services, Google
  • Thaddeus Barsotti, Co-Owner, Farm Fresh to You
  • Soren Bjorn, Executive Vice President, Driscoll’s
  • Sheila Bowman, Seafood Watch Manager of Culinary & Strategic Initiatives, Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Tom Chan, CEO, General Produce
  • Hsiao-Ching Chou, Food Journalist, Cookbook Author, and Director of Communications at Institute for Systems Biology
  • John Church, Executive Vice President of Supply Chain, General Mills
  • Matthew Dillon, Director of Agricultural Policy and Programs, Clif Bar & Company
  • Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change
  • Robert Egger, Founder and President, L.A. Kitchen
  • Hannah Freeman, Director of Produce and Floral, Fair Trade USA
  • Bruce Goldstein, President, Farmworker Justice
  • Twilight Greenaway, Managing Editor, Civil Eats
  • Nicolette Hahn Niman, Rancher, Lawyer, and Author
  • Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, Food First
  • Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Senior Scientist, PANNA
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director and Co-Founder, ROC United
  • Nick Kastle, Director of Marketing and Business Development & Business Unit General Manager, The Morning Star Company
  • Navina Khanna, Director, HEAL Food Alliance
  • Mary Kimball, Executive Director, Center for Land-Based Learning
  • Keith Knopf, COO, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
  • Andrea Lepore, Co-Founder, Hot Italian/The Food Factory
  • Jennifer Maloney, Food Chain Sustainability Manager, Bayer CropScience
  • Nikiko Masumoto, Farmer, Masumoto Family Farm
  • Julia Mitric, Food and Sustainability Reporter, Capital Public Radio
  • Roz Naylor, Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University
  • Jim Nelson, CEO, Sunworks, Inc.
  • Nick Papadopoulos, CEO and Co-Founder, CropMobster
  • Michael Passmore, President, Passmore Ranch
  • Tom Philpott, Food and Ag Correspondent, Mother Jones
  • Thomas Reynolds, Vice President of Program, Partnerships, and Learning, CARE International
  • Nicole Rogers, Director, Farm to Fork, Visit Sacramento
  • Beth Ruyak, Insight Host, Capital Public Radio
  • Zachary Scott Dashner, Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation
  • Jesse Solomon, Founder and CEO, Emmer & Co.
  • Darrel Sweet, Rancher, The Sweet Ranches
  • Kate Tscharner, Marketing Manager, California Farm Bureau
  • Oscar Villegas, Supervisor (District 1), Yolo County Board of Supervisors
  • Matt Wadiak, Founder and COO, Blue Apron
  • Richard Waycott, CEO, Almond Board of California
  • Blake Young, CEO, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
  • Gabe Youtsey, CIO, The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sponsors include: Almond Board of California, Annie's Homegrown, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, Barnraiser, Blue Apron, Clearly Kombucha, Clif Bar & Company, Clover Stornetta Farms, Driscoll's, Elevation Burger, Fair Trade USA, Farmer's Fridge, Food and Environment Reporting Network, Inter Press Service (IPS), Mother Jones, Niman Ranch, Organic Valley, and VegFund.

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