Schools, Food & Community Conference – April 12-13 @ Teacher’s College, Columbia U

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This will be a great conference with lots of workshops, networking opportunities, and entertainment! I’ll be showcasing songs from my new CD ‘Eat Like A Rainbow’ (more about that in my next post). Lots of luminaries will be there, including some of our own readers! The 2008 program will focus on strengthening the resolve of children to eat nutritious, fresh foods by:

* connecting holistic food and nutrition messaging in our classrooms, cafeterias, after-school programs, homes, and neighborhoods;

* fostering relationships among school children and their communities that focus on food, cooking, and gardening;

* exploring the nuts and bolts of cross sector (i.e. health, education, foodservice, and agriculture) public and private collaborations; and

* promoting federal, state and local policies that strengthen economic and cultural bonds between local farms and schools, support the development of school gardens, and provide adequate funding for healthy, delicious school lunches for all students.

Here’s a list of confirmed speakers. Click here to go to the website for the real scoop!

Geysil Arroyo, Bronx Healthy Hearts
Bill Ayres, World Hunger Year
David Berkowitz, New York City Department of Education, SchoolFood
Nicole Betancourt, Food Theatre Project
Marcela Betzer, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Jonathan Bogarin, Center for Urban Pedagogy
Wendy Brawer, Green Map System, Learn Green NYC
Scott Burg, Rockman Et Al
Allison Carmen, Parent Activist
Megan Charlop, Montefiore School Health Program
Jamie Cloud, Cloud Institute For Sustainability Education
Jorge Collazo, New York City Department of Education, SchoolFood
Isobel Contento, Teachers College Columbia University, Nutrition Program
Amy Cotler, Fresh & Company
Billy Doherty, New York City Department of Education, SchoolFood
Mimi Edelman, Mt Kisco Day Care Center
Thomas Forster, Community Food Security Coalition
Lynn Fredericks, Family Cook Productions
Fern Gale Estrow, The FGE Nutrition Team
Jean Gardner, Parsons The New School for Design, Learn Green NYC
Christina Grace, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets
Sarah Haga, Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC, Learn Green NYC
Amie Hamlin, The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food
Dylan Hass, HS for Environmental Studies
Melinda Hemmelgarn, Kellogg Food and Society Fellow
Lee “Rasheed” Hislop, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Green Thumb
Pam Koch, Teachers College Columbia University, Nutrition Program
Lisandra Lamboy,NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Bob Lewis, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets
Toni Liquori, Teachers College Columbia University, Liquori and Associates
Bridget Llanes, For a Better Bronx
Kate MacKenzie, City Harvest, Program Development and Policy
Frances Montell, PhD, Rockman ET AL
Jerry Musillo, FLIK
Michel Nischan, Wholesome Wave, The Dressing Room Restaurant
Jane Park, Sesame Workshop, Healthy Habits for Life
Stefania Patinella, Children’s Aid Society, Food and Nutrition Programs
Kim Perry, Alliance for A Healthier Generation
Jan Poppendeick, Hunter College
Peter Riggs, Forum on Democracy and Trade
Steve Ritz, New York City Schools
Susan Rubin, Better School Food
David Saphire, Learn It Grow It Eat It
Roberta Sonnino, Cardiff University, School of City and Regional Planning
Mary Story, Healthy Eating Research Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robert (Chef Bobo) Surles, Calhoun School
John Turenne, Sustainable Food Systems
Karen Washington, La Familia Verde
Jennifer Wilkins, Nutritional Sciences, Cornell Farm to School Program
Kolu Zigby, JS Noyes Foundation

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