It’s official: the inaugural Farm Tank Summit in Sacramento, California is this month! On September 22-23 join Food Tank, in partnership with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Farm-to-Fork Program, and University of California-Davis, for a two-day event featuring changemakers from across the food system. The 1st Annual Chicago Food Tank Summit on November 16 is also right around the corner. Tickets to both the California and Illinois events are selling quickly—don’t wait, get yours now (here for Sacramento; here for Chicago)!
We featured a range of stories and conversations this week, taking readers from the permaculture farms of Ometepe Island in Nicaragua to the urban farms of Harlem in New York. Find your next must-read on our list of educational and inspirational books about food and agriculture for #LaborDay2016.
In news from our friends and partners, Bioversity International focused in on crop diversity among indigenous farming communities in Peru. AlterNet highlighted on a survey that suggests many consumers in the United States are concerned about animal welfare, and confused by packaging and labels. Sara Rathod from Mother Jones covered the bill California legislators passed on overtime pay for farmworkers.
In news from around the world, women farmers’ unions in Afghanistan are changing traditional gender roles. In the United Kingdom, Brexit has had an impact on regional farm labor, leaving some wondering about the fall harvest season. And, in Kenya, the government is exploring ways to incorporate agriculture into the national school curriculum.
And last—but not least!—update those calendars with 2017 summit dates. We’re making stops around the world:
Washington D.C., 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!