8:00-8:40 – Check-in and Registration
8:45-9:15 – Welcome and Orientation, Interfaith Prayer (Grand Ballroom 3)
9:15-9:45 – Keynote by Jason Brown, NC farmer and former NFL player (Grand Ballroom 3)
10:00-11:30 – Session 1 Workshops
11:45-12:15 – Break &Lunch Pick-up (Grand Ballroom 1)
12:15-1:15 – Community Conversations Over Lunch
1:15-2:45 – Session 2 Workshops
3:00-4:30 – Session 3 Workshops
4:30-5:00 – Conference Wrap-Up with Fruits of Labor Singing Ensemble (Grand Ballroom 3)
Parking: The Durham Convention Center is located at 301 West Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701 on the corner of Morgan and Foster Street. Parking is available across from the Durham Convention Center at the Durham Centre Deck located at 300 Morgan Street and the Chapel Hill Street Garage Deck located at 326 E. Chapel Hill Street (Lots D and A on this map). We will have parking vouchers available in your conference folders, which can be redeemed at the parking lots upon your exit. Handicapped parking is available on Foster Street near the entrance to the Marriott Hotel. The Marriott Hotel entrance is also the wheelchair-accessible entrance for the Convention Center.If you have any questions, do let us know.
We are pleased to welcome Jason Brown as this year’s keynote speaker! Jason left a successful career as a lineman in the NFL to become a farmer in eastern North Carolina. After his departure from professional football, Jason moved back to the state and purchased a 1,000-acre farm in Louisburg. He and his wife Dr. Tay Brown have dedicated themselves to aiding in local hunger relief efforts. Their farm, First Fruits Farm, has made national headlines for its donation of hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to those in need. >> Read Jason’s full bio.
Conference workshop tracks include:
- Building Strong Foundations—skills and core knowledge for community work and hunger relief
- Theology and Food—interfaith conversation from our community of practice on broadening our lens for food and faith
- Farmer Voices and Cooperative Development—voices from the field, stories from farmers less visible in the food system, and cooperative projects
- Getting Food to the Table—a closer look at production and process in food system: issues affecting farm workers and food workers
- Deepening Our Work—a systemic look at root causes of why people are hungry
- Express Yourself—cultural and faith practices to sustain our work: hands-on workshops with opportunities for creative expression in song, visual art, etc.
- Disaster Relief—resources, tools, and information on disaster relief
- Policy—a dual look at agricultural policy and hunger relief
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