2018 Food Tank Summit (Washington, DC) - Cultivating the Next Generation of...

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Jack Morton Auditorium

805 21st Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20052

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Young Food Leaders

Food Tank’s 4th Annual Washington DC Summit

In partnership with George Washington University, World Resources Institute, the National Farmers Union, the National FFA Organization, the National Young Farmers Coalition, Grist, Mother Jones, and Edible DC.

***Watch the event here FREE VIA LIVE STREAM***

February 28th, 2018 at the Jack Morton Auditorium.


8:30 am, Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am, Welcome and Introduction

  • Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University (GWU)
  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

9:15 am, a Fireside Chat featuring Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA). Moderated by Helena Bottemiller Evich, Senior Food and Agriculture Reporter, POLITICO

9:50 am, Panel 1: Growing Farmers Around the Globe

Moderator: Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University (GWU)

  • MJ Altman, Editorial Director, World Food Program USA
  • Emily Zweber, Farmer-Member, Organic Valley
  • Anne-Teresa Birthwright, Academic Tutor, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus - Jamaica, Winner, BCFN YES! 2016
  • Myeasha Taylor, Urban Farming Specialist
  • Jennie Schmidt, Farmer, Schmidt Farms

10:40 am, Young Farmer Spotlight: Violet King, Farm Manager, Dreaming Out Loud

10:45 am, Networking Break

11:00 am, Panel 2: Cultivating the Food and Agriculture Movement

Moderator: Caitlin Dewey, Reporter, The Washington Post

  • Lauren Frances Tucker, Executive Director, Kiss the Ground
  • Cecily Upton, Co-Founder and VP of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, FoodCorps
  • Mara Fleishman, Chief Executive Officer, Chef Ann Foundation
  • Tambra Raye Stevenson, Founder and CEO, WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics, & Agriculture
  • Sarah Sem, Former President, The Store at George Washington University

12:00 pm, Young Farmer Spotlight: Scott Sibbel, Farmer, Sibbel Family Farms and Niman Ranch

12:05 pm, Lunch

1:40 pm, Fireside Chat featuring Seth Goldman, Co-Founder and TeaEO Emeritus, Honest Tea; Scott Norton, Co-Founder, Sir Kensington's; and Scott Nash, Founder and Owner, MOM's Organic Market. Moderated by Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University.

2:10 pm, Young Farmer Spotlight: Liz Whitehurst, Farmer Owner, Owl's Nest Farm

2:15 pm, Panel 3: Advocating for Future Farmers and Eaters

Moderator: Tim Carman, Food Writer, The Washington Post

  • Jill Isenbarger, CEO, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Jeremiah Lowery, Member, DC Food Policy Council
  • Mailee Walker, Executive Director, Claneil Foundation
  • Regina Northouse, Executive Director, Food Recovery Network

3:10 pm, Networking Break

3:25 pm, Young Farmer Spotlight: Meredith Epstein, Lecturer and Advisor in Sustainable Agriculture, University of Maryland's Institute of Applied Agriculture, and Guy Kilpatrick, Terp Farm Manager, University of Maryland Dining Services

3:30 pm, Panel 4: Building Innovative Alliances

Moderator: Eliza Barclay, Science and Health Editor, Vox

  • Dan Simons, Owner, Founding Farmers
  • Amber Lambke, President and CEO, Maine Grains
  • Bennett Haynes, Chief of Produce, Beefsteak
  • Jessie Bovay, Director of Business Development, Mercaris
  • Logan Peterman, Agricultural Research & Analytics Manager, Organic Valley

4:30 pm, Fireside Chat featuring Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union, Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director & Co-Founder, National Young Farmers Coalition; and Mark Poeschl, CEO, National FFA Organization. Moderated by Whitney Pipkin, Reporter, the Chesapeake Bay Journal.

4:50 pm, Keynote: Haile Thomas, Founder and CEO, The Happy Organization

5:00 pm, Closing and Thanks

This event is SOLD OUT. Please apply to the waitlist here. Full price tickets are $299 (full and partial scholarships offered). Just Announced: Post-Summit Reception and Dinner event. Learn more (will sell out soon) here.

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