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Hunger Relief From the Ground Up

Gaining Ground

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Hunger Relief From the Ground Up

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Join Gaining Ground and visionaries in the field as we explore connections between hunger relief, soil vitality, and healthy food.

Featuring keynote speaker Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder and president of Food Tank, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Kathryn Brodowski, Director of Public Health at Greater Boston Food Bank and Doug Wolcik, Farm Manager at Gaining Ground.  

Danielle Nierenberg is a world-renowned researcher, speaker, and advocate, on all issues relating to our food system and agriculture.

In 2013, Danielle Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Food Tank is a global convener, research organization, and non-biased creator of original research impacting the food system.

Food Tank’s Summits, held across the United States and expanding internationally in 2017, have hosted hundreds of speakers to bring together all sides of food issues for critical discussion. They are partnered with major universities and moderated by major food journalists.

Food Tank publishes original articles daily and partners with nearly 50 major organizations including academic institutions, U.N. organizations, funding and donor community organizations and global nonprofits. Examples include George Washington University, Rockerfeller Foundation and Oxfam America.

Danielle also conducts extensive on-the-ground research, by traveling to more than 70 countries to meet with thousands of farmers, scientists, researchers, policymakers, government leaders, academics and journalists. She documents what’s working to help alleviate hunger and poverty while protecting the environment.

Danielle’s knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 20,000 major print and broadcast outlets worldwide, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, BBC, MSNBC, CNN, The Guardian (UK), TIME magazine, the Associated Press, Reuters, and many more. 

Danielle speaks at more than 100 events per year, including major conferences and events all over the world. These events include The World Food Prize/Borlaug Dialogues, James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, Milan Urban Food Pact Awards, Aspen Institute Environment Forum, the European Commission, the Sustainable Food Summit, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TEDxManhattan, BITE, and many others.

Danielle has an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Kathryn Brodowski is director of public health and research at Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) where she creates partnerships between GBFB and local hospitals and community health centers to connect those in need with healthy food and other critical resources. 

Prior to joining GBFB, Brodowski served as chief preventive medicine (public health) resident at UMass Medical School where she developed and designed a “Food Insecurity Population Health Clerkship,” drafted food insecurity policy recommendations, and worked as a nutrition instructor for low-income families. Brodowski received her medical degree from University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and her MPH in nutrition from UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences. 

Doug Wolcik is farm manager at Gaining Ground, where he has been expanding sustainable no-till farming practices to improve soil heath for increased production of higher quality organic food. 

Doug has led workshops at Northeast Organic Farming Organization (NOFA) in Massachusetts and onsite with local farmers. Prior to his five years at Gaining Ground, he farmed in various areas of the United States and South America after graduating from University of Massachusetts' Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

What are my parking options for the event?

The Fenn School has parking for 140 cars in the parking lot on the school campus. There are several handicap parking places and a drop off circle. Carpool if you can! 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Program Manager Fan Watkinson at 978-610-6086 or use the contact link below.

Have questions about Hunger Relief From the Ground Up? Contact Gaining Ground

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The Fenn School – Ward Hall
516 Monument Street
Concord, MA 01742

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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Gaining Ground

Gaining Ground grows organic produce for hunger relief with help from volunteers of all ages and abilities, who work and learn in our fields. We give it all away, every pound.

     2,500 volunteers helped grow and harvest 75,000 pounds of nutritious organic produce in 2017 compared to 25,000 pounds 4 years ago. 
     Pantry volunteers pick up 100 to 200 boxes of vegetables weekly and deliver these to 13 food pantries and meal programs in Ayer, Bedford, Boston, Cambridge, Concord, Lowell, Maynard, Sudbury and Westford.
     We often provide the only fresh produce for our recipient families.

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