FIG at APA National Planning Conference


Want to learn more about FIG or get involved? Curious about food systems planning?

Come to our Food Systems Planning Interest Group Annual Business and Network Meeting on Sunday, April 3rd at 6:30pm at Courduroy.  Click the link to learn more or search for conference activity #9005235.

The National Planning Conference has lots to offer in terms of sessions on food systems, food policy, health, and related topics.  You can search the conference program by track or use the topic tags to find your favorites.  Check out the sessions on food systems planning.

Just Food? Forum on Land Use, Rights and Ecology

Just Food? Forum on Land Use, Rights and Ecology
A collaboration of the Harvard Food Law Society and Food Literacy Project

March 25th and 26th, 2016, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA


Early bird rates through February 25th.


Featuring talks, panels, workshops, posters, films, a reception and more!

This year’s Just Food? conference will examine the relationship between people and land, primarily through agriculture and food. We will explore the legal, moral, policy, health, historic and environmental aspects of our domestic and international food system, with a focus on the intersection of land and justice. The conference will bring together scholars, farmers, activists, practitioners, and other authorities to discuss the growing concerns about who has access to land, how agriculture changes land, and who is marginalized or dispossessed by our current system. Our goal is to educate attendees, empower them to make changes, and engage them in a larger dialogue about food.

Keynotes speakers include:

Smita Narula on Land Rights.

Anuradha Mittal on the Growing Natural Resource Grabs in the Third World.

Also a keynote panel on Legacies of Land: the Oppressed and Dispossessed featuring: Janie Hipp, Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the U. of Arkansas School of Law; Jo Guldi, Brown University History Professor; Debora Nunes Lino Da Silva, MST member from Northeast Brazil; Tess Desmond Lowinske, Director of Harvard’s Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights

We do not want the cost of registration to prohibit anyone from attending. We have a limited number of registration scholarships available. If you feel the registration fee is a financial burden that would prevent you from attending, please email with the subject “Conference Scholarship.” Please include a short paragraph about why you would like to attend the conference.

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Growing Power’s National International Urban and Small Farms Conference

Save the Date and Request for Proposal’s for Growing Power’s National International Urban and Small Farms Conference
November 18-20, 2016 : Growing Power’s World Headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Will Allen and the Growing Power Family want to invite you to Milwaukee for our bi-annual conference with theme “Let’s Scale it Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best practices in growing, distribution and community building” 
Request for Proposals Now Available!
Interested in presenting at this year’s conference? RFP available on the Growing Power web site and if you click here!

2016 National Food Hub Conference

At the 2016 National Food Hub ConferenceMarch 20-April 1 in Atlanta – you’ll meet the business developers, investors, and community leaders making it happen. It’s the can’t-miss meet-up of hundreds of private and public partners involved in building new supply chain links from farm to table.

Learn the nuts, bolts, and trajectory of the new food economy through up-close tours and trainings, deep-dive plenaries, and 35 breakout sessions.

Call for Proposals: National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, June 2-4, 2016, Madison, WI


Save the date for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, a biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network that will convene more than 1,500 people working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America.

Cafeterias in schools, childcare centers, universities, prisons and hospitals serve more than 40 million Americans every day, placing the farm to cafeteria movement at the forefront of the fight to end obesity and strengthen local food systems. The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is the only national gathering of stakeholders from across this movement, making it the premiere opportunity to learn, network and collaborate with likeminded leaders from across the country. Registration will open Feb. 15, 2016.

Do you have expertise to share? NFC is seeking workshop, poster and lightning talk proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, build equity and increase opportunities for farmers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Dec. 4, 2015.

Learn more here. 

November: 30 Days of Food Systems Planning

In November 2015, the American Planning Association (APA) will highlight and promote food systems planning. In an effort to support this messaging campaign, the APA Food Systems Planning Interest Group (APA-FIG) will feature interviews with practicing planners, special blog posts, and more.

Please join the conversation! We welcome comments, images, and tweets, and encourage you to use #foodsystems when you post to various social media outlets in November. Check the APA-FIG website regularly (, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter (@APA_FIG, @APA_Planning), and Instagram (@foodsystemsplanning).

  • Faces of Food Systems Planning – On Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, APA-FIG will post a new interview with food systems planning practitioners in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors.
  • Fridays – Each Friday, APA-FIG will pose a new question on Twitter or Facebook to planners and allied professionals across North America. Please respond and join the lively conversation.
  • Special Blog Posts – The APA-FIG Research, Policy, and Outreach Working Groups will explore various food systems planning topics.
  • Tuesdays at APA – On November 10th, Debra Tropp, a deputy director within USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will discuss a recent effort to capture and quantify  economic impacts of local food system investments.
  • Thanksgiving Week – During the week of Thanksgiving, APA-FIG will feature a special social media strategy to engage planners and allied professionals in a meaningful conversation about our food systems and Thanksgiving.

3rd Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium: New Alliances That Shape A Food Movement

2015 Yale Food Systems Symposium

Registration is now open for the third annual Yale Food Systems Symposium: a student-led collaboration between Yale Law School, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale School of Public Health, and Yale College.

This year’s conference, “New Alliances That Shape a Food Movement,” will be held on October 30th & 31st, and feature keynote addresses from Olivier De Schutter, Dorceta Taylor, and Ricardo Salvador.

  • Who: Open to academics, practitioners, students, and interested members of the public
  • Date: Friday October 30th & Saturday October 31st
  • Location: Yale Law School, Sterling Law Building – New Haven, CT
  • Fee: You must register to attend, but tickets are only $30 (or free for current Yale students) and include two meals: dinner Friday and lunch Saturday.

Register here!

Milan’s Urban Food Policy Pact

On World Food Day on October 16th Mayors from 46 cities around the world will sign on to Milan’s Urban Food Policy Pact. Work on the Pact by international experts, the European Union and United Nations began in 2014 to craft the proposal. The pact focuses on equitable and sustainable food systems and includes goals to “develop sustainable dietary guidelines”, “encourage and support social and solidarity economy activities”, “help provide services to food producers in and around cities”, “support short food chains” and “raise awareness of food loss and waste”. Click here to find out more about the pact and which cities will sign on.

Update: Food Systems Planning Related Events, Sessions & Workshops at the APA National Planning Conference

FoodSystemsPlanningActivities_Seattle2015In early March, the APA-FIG Communication and Outreach Working Group compiled a list of food systems planning related events, sessions & workshops at the upcoming APA National Planning Conference in Seattle, WA this April 18-21, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center. APA just released a handout highlighting many of these and providing detailed location information.

For more information, click on the image to the left.

APA-FIG Annual Social Networking Event

Local360-1The APA-FIG’s Leadership Committee is happy to host the APA-FIG Annual Social Networking Event to promote the importance of food systems planning. Come learn about food systems topics in Seattle and across the country.

Join us for a fun, informal networking event at Local 360 on Sunday, April 19th from 7-9pm. Located in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, just a short walking distance from the conference center, Local 360 believes in and supports sustainable lifestyles by using locally sourced products from within a 360-mile radius.

Admission cost is $10 (APA 2015 National Planning Conference attendees need to register in advance here; other attendees can pay cash at the door).* Appetizers provided, cash bar.

This event is sponsored by Growing Food Connections, the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, and the APA-FIG Leadership Committee.

For a list of additional food systems planning related events, sessions, and workshops at the APA 2015 National Planning Conference click here.

*You do NOT have to be registered for the APA 2015 National Planning Conference to attend this event. We welcome planners and allied professionals in the region to join us.