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Presented by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and merck family fund

The Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships.

The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of Urban Farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), land trust managers, policy makers, commercial buyers, foundations, investors and all others. The 6th Annual Massachusetts UFC, building on the success of our past events, is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and fantastic networking opportunities.



**Student and group rates available, scroll down for details!

2018 MA Urban Farming Conference Agenda

Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018

Session Times:

1st: 8:45-10:00 AM

2nd: 10:10-11:30 AM

Lunch: 11:30-1:00 PM

Keynote: 1:00-2:00 PM

3rd: 2:10-3:30 PM

4th: 3:40- 4:45 PM

Networking: 4:45-5:30 PM

March 16, Friday: 8:00-6:00 PM

Lunchtime Keynote: Emmanuel Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation, Chicago Il.

Radical [Re]Constructions: Revaluing Food, Farming, Family and Future
The talk will unpack the creative practices of the Sweet Water Foundation, highlighting how locally deployed creative interventions that blend education, art, architecture, citizen science, and community-scale production are cultivating innovative models for community-conscious neighborhood development in the Southside of Chicago and beyond.

Track 1: Farm Design Practicum / Workshop (full-day workshop)

Track 2: Urban Farming and Institutions

1--Growing Food, Building Community: On-Site Production at Boston Hospitals

2--University and Non-Profit Partnership: A Lowell Case Study

3--Hydroponics: Engaging Youth in Our School System

  • Michael Barnett, Professor of Science Education and Technology, Boston College

  • Deborah José, ELL Science Teacher, Newton North High School, Newton, MA

  • Andy Trossello, teacher, Waltham High School

4--Revitalizing City Landscapes

Track 3: Community Conversations

1--A Plan Takes Root: City of Brockton’s Journey to an Agriculture Plan

2--The Role of School Gardens as an Entry Point and Connector to Urban Agriculture

3--“We Grow Community”: Strategies and Tools for Community Organizing

  • Orion Kriegman, Executive Director, Boston Food Forest Coalition

  • Othneil “Utah” Uter, BFFC Board of Directors, Boston, MA

  • Thelma McClorin, Resident, Boston, MA

4--Leveraging Public/Private Partnerships to Increase Growing Spaces

  • Brad Buschur, Project Director, Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence, MA

  • Maria Natera, Manager, Lawrence Community Gardens, Lawrence, MA

Track 4: Municipal Policy and Planning

1--A Case Study in Partnership: The Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance and The Food Project

2--Changing the Food System Through Policy Advocacy

3--Farm City: Local Food as a Driver

Exploring the intersections of food, planning, and urban design

  • Ming-Jen Hsueh, Sasaki Associates, Inc.

  • Andrew Leung, Sasaki Associates, Inc

Track 5: Food Sovereignty and Food Systems

--A New Approach to Food Access: Best Practices to Shift Systems

  • Raheem Baraka, Executive, Director, Baraka Community Wellness, Inc., Boston, MA

  • Karen Voci, President, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

  • Shawn Cooney , Cornerstalk Farm - Founder / Owner, Boston, MA

  • Andre Cantelmo, Three River Alliance - Co-Founder

2--Freight Farms’ Leafy Green Expansion onto Campuses and Institutions

  • Cameron Cameron Thompson, Chef, Panther Dining, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

  • Shauna Spillane, General Manager, Sodexo, Cumberland High School, Cumberland, RI

  • Brian Cope, Vice President of Sales and Partnerships, Freight Farms, Boston, MA

3--Job Skills & Agriculture: Innovative Models for At-Risk and Formerly Incarcerated Youth

  • Jillian Hishaw, Esq. L.L.M., F.A.R.M.S. Founder, CLIF Bar "Food ChangeMaker"

  • Captain David Granese, Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

  • Chris Austin, Director of Food Enterprises, UTEC, Lowell, MA

  • Chris Muhammad, Operations Director, Community Servings, Inc., Boston, MA

4--The Building of Somerville’s Urban Agriculture Network

  • ‎Luisa Oliveira,Senior Planner, Landscape Design - ‎City of Somerville, MA

  • Lisa Robinson, Director, Shape Up Somerville

  • Erica Satin-Hernandez, Coordinator, Shape Up Somerville

Track 6: Community Partners and Healthier Communities


2--Common Ground: Rural and Urban Farmers of Color

  • Jillian Hishaw, Esq. L.L.M., F.A.R.M.S. Founder, CLIF Bar "Food ChangeMaker"

  • Neftali Duran, Project Coordinator, Nuestras Raices, Holyoke, MA

  • Nataka Crayton-Walker,Operations Manager and Farmer, Urban Farming Institute, Roxbury, MA

  • Dave Madan, Founding Trustee of the Urban Farming Institute, Partner Boston Investments

3--Creating a Culture of Healthy Food: Mobilizing, Connecting and Coordinating Stakeholders

  • Raheem Baraka, Executive Director, Baraka Community Wellness, Inc.

  • Kathleen B. O’Neill, Ed.D., Director, Single Stop, Bunker Hill Community College

  • Karen Spiller, KAS Consulting and Food Solutions New England

  • Dr. Thea James, Boston Medical Center, Vice President of Mission / Associate Chief Medical Officer

4--Urban Production Sites: Potential Drivers of Improved Health, Economic Development, and Civic


  • Norris Guscott, Student, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education Program

Track 7 : Farming and Partnerships

1--The Buzz: Honey Bees and The MDAR Apiary Program

2--Marketing and Production of Mushrooms

  • Willie Cosby, Co-Owner, Fungi Ali, HAdley, MA

3--Ethnic Foods and Our Communities

4--SNAP and The Farm Bill: Impact on Urban and Rural Farmers Bottom Line

  • Catherine Sands, Director, Fertile Ground, WIlliamsburg, MA

  • Neftali Duran, Project Coordinator, Nuestras Raices, Holyoke, MA

  • Klare Shaw, Urban farming Institute, Roxbury, MA

5:00 PM Networking and Meet and Greet with Presenters

Session Times:

1st: 8:45-9:45 AM

Keynote: 9:55-11:00 AM

2nd: 11:10-12:10 PM

Lunch: 12:10-1:30 PM

3rd: 1:30-2:30 PM

Network Break: 2:30-3:00

4th: 3:00- 4:00PM

Closing Keynote: 4:15-5:30 PM

March 17, Saturday: 8:00-6:00 PM

A.M.Keynote: "An Agroecological Paradigm"

Presenter: Isis Salcines, Havana, Cuba,Outreach Director, Organopónico Vivero Alamar.The Organoponico Vivero Alamar is one of Havana, Cuba's largest and oldest urban farms. Isis Salcines will share their experiences implementing agroecology, addressing food security, and discuss the social, economic and environmental impacts of the farm.

Conference Closing Panel: The State of Urban Farming : Where Are We and What’s Next?

Facilitated by Greg Watson, Director For Policy and Systems Design, Schumacher Center for a New Economics and Panelists:

Track 1: Youth and Urban Farming (youth only)

Opening Session: “Paving Your Own Pathways"

Interactive Lunchtime session

Community Build with The Food Project

Campus Tour (optional)

Track 2: New Ground and Innovation

1--Soil Health in Urban Environments

  • Frank Magnan, PhD, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Amherst

2--Integrated Compositing Facility and Bioenergy Greenhouse Workshop

3--Building Integrated Agriculture for Enhanced Urban Resilience

4--Transparent Soil: Innovations in Production

  • Michael Barnett, Professor of Science Education and Technology, Boston

  • Paul Xu, Ph.D. Candidate,Lynch School of Edcucation, Boston College

  • Collette Roberto,STEM Research & Technology, iUSE Lab, Boston College

  • Christian Asante,Doctoral Student,Lynch School of Education, Boston College

  • . Rajeev Rupani, Project and Partnership Coordinator,Innovation in Urban Science Education Lab, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Track 3: Land

1--You Have the Land, Now What Do You Do?

2--Land Access in the City: From The Ground Up

  • Jenny Rushlow, Senior Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation, Director of Farm & Food, MA

  • Amy Laura Cahn, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation, MA

3--Structures on the Farm – Innovations for Urban Sites

  • James Negri,Designer,YouthBuild Boston

  • Tony Kieffer, President, ArchSolar

4--Land Challenges – Tell Your Story, a Facilitated Community Conversation

  • Ibrahim Ali, Co-Director, Gardening the Community, SPringfield, MA

Track 4: Marketing

1--Stories from the Fields: Regional Environmental Council (REC), Worcester, MA

  • Grace Sliwoski, Director of Programs, REC, Worcester, MA

2--Ethnic Markets and Crops

  • Frank Magnan, PhD, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Amherst

  • Zoraia Barros, Urban International Agriculture Specialist, Stockbridge School of Agriculture – University of Massachusetts Amherst

3--Innovative Mobile Market Models and On-Site Tour

4--Rural and Urban Farmers: Partnership in Food Access

  • Fred Dabney, Board, Massachusetts Board of Agriculture

  • Francy Slater, Co-Founder, Mill CIty Grows, Lowell, MA

  • Laura and Mike Smith, Owner-Farmers,Oakdale Farms, Dighton-Rehoboth, MA

  • Dave Dumeresq, Owner-Farmer, Farmer Dave's, Dracut, MA

  • Jennifer Hashley, Director,New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Lowell, MA

Track 5: Urban Farmer Business/Operations Assistance

1--Planning for Profit

2--Compost Optimization to Maximize throughput and Minimize Footprint

3--Lender Speed Dating

4--Farm Management; Best Practices

Track 6: Urban Farmer Technical Assistance-1

1--Supporting Farm/Food Safety in the Urban Farm Space

  • Michael Botelho, Commonwealth Quality Program Manager, MDAR

2--Tools and Equipment for the Urban Farm

3--No session

4--Planning for Greenhouse Success: The Resources and planning Tools that The Food Project used to set up The Dudley Greenhouse

  • Danielle Andrews, Dudley Farms and Greenhouse Manager, The Food Project, Boston, MA

Track 7: Urban Farmer Technical Assistance-2

1--Intensive Crop Planning and Production

2--Value Added: Branding, Packaging and Markets

  • Jennifer Faigel, Executive Director, Commonwealth Kitchen, Dorchester, MA

  • Seth Morrison, CommonWealth Kitchen, Chef and Contract Manufacturing Kitchen Manager

  • Adam Scipione, CommonWealth Kitchen, Commissary Operations and Client Manager

3--Making Profit and Diversifying in a Competitive Market Place

4--Stories from the Fields: Nuestras Raices

Track 8: Urban Farming and Community Impact


2--Cultural Food Connection: Somerville's Green Team World Crops Project

3--Stories From the Field: Island Grown Initiative, Martha's Vineyard, MA


For vendor options, please contact Linda Palmer at ldpalm4@gmail.com

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kimi Ceridon at kceridon@gmail.com

Ticket options:

****Please note, tickets will not be sold on site/day of conference*****

--Student Rate ( High-school , under 18, ends March 9, 2018)

--College students, 20% off current price

--There is a waitlist for volunteer opportunities

--Groups rates available for 5 or more (20% off current ticket price)

For student and group discount codes and general information please contact Rose: rose.arruda@state.ma.us

Refunds available until March 13, 2018, No exceptions. Tickets can be transfered, with the exception of the early bird specials

By registering to attend the UFC, **all participants acknowledge, understand and agree to being photographed or recorded for all purposes, including UFC related promotional use and that panels are subject to change.

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