Inaugural State of Food System Symposium to be held Friday at Stockton

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge) and New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher will be among the key speakers at the inaugural New Jersey State of the Food System Symposium, a virtual event from 1-4 p.m. Friday.

The event, organized by Stockton University, is free and open to the public.

Organizer Jeanine Cava, a founder of the New Jersey Food Democracy Collaborative, said the goal of the symposium is to learn about shared and interconnected food system challenges.

Cava said the goal at the Food Democracy Collaborative is to bring people together across food system sectors and the state to strengthen relationships and create space for new collaborations to arise.

All sessions are online. Register here.

Here is the agenda:

  • Welcome address (1-1:15 p.m.): Overview of N.J. FDC: Why a Food System Approach? Jeanine Cava, N.J. Food Democracy Collaborative, Stockton University.
  • Session One (1:20-2 p.m.): Governance and Legislative Progress on Food System Challenges.
  • Session Two (2-2:20 p.m.): State food charters and action plans: Best practices and case study of Michigan’s Good Food Charter.
  • Session Three: (2:30 – 3:00 p.m.) Food System Partner “Lightning Round” Updates: 2021 Successes, How to Scale them and Framing the Challenges Ahead.
  • Session Four: (3-3:45 p.m.) Roundtable: Envisioning an Economically Inclusive and Anti-Racist Food System for New Jersey.

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