Annual Symposium - Women Farmers: setting the Table for All

PA-WAgN and Presenting Sponsor Kitchen Table Consultants (in cooperation with Community Partner PASA) present our annual symposium on December 6, 2017 at Celebration Hall in State College, PA. Leah Lizarondo of 412 Food Rescue will keynote the day long event. Panel discussion and workshops on the agenda.

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December 6, 2017, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Cost is $50 per person.

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We are very grateful to our Presenting Sponsor Kitchen Table Consultants!

This year's symposium will feature keynote speaker Leah Lizarondo,co-founder of 412 Food Rescue. 412 Food Rescue works to eliminate hunger and promote a healthy environment by rescuing viable food about to go to waste and redirecting to nonprofits that serve those who are food insecure. 412 Food Rescue is an innovative approach to food recovery with rapid-response reverse logistics model that combines technology and civic engagement to tackle the most difficult bottleneck in food recovery – bridging the last mile. 412 Food Rescue is one of the fastest-growing food recovery organizations in the U.S.

Leah brings a 15-year track record of leadership positions with global corporations and nonprofits. Leah received her Masters Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University graduating with Highest Distinction.

She began her career as a product manager in Southeast Asia, working in consumer packaged goods and technology before moving on to her passion in food and health advocacy. She has worked in leadership positions in nonprofits in New York and Pittsburgh. She is interested in the intersection of social good and technology and mines her experience launching startups as she works to grow 412 Food Rescue.

Leah is an active advocate for food, health and innovation. The Brazen Kitchen, Leah’s blog and Pittsburgh Magazine column, won the 2013 National City & Regional Magazine Awards. She served as Editor-at-Large for NEXTpittsburgh and her work has been featured in print and online publications including NPR,, and GOOD Magazine. In April 2014, she gave the TEDx Talk “Why the Farm Is Not Getting to the Table.” In 2017, she was named in SmartBusiness “Who To Watch” as one of the individuals “poised to shape the Pittsburgh region in 2017 and beyond” and FoodTank’s “17 Food Heroes to Inspire Us in 2017.”

Leah's talk will be followed by a panel of women who work hard to make food available for all. Panelists include Leah Lizarondo, Cathy Snyder of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, and Kalie Wertz and Jessica Humphries of The Feed Local Project. We hope this sparks a conversation on how we all can work to this end and the power of women to make change happen.

Breakout sessions will include 3 sessions on livestock, 3 on vegetable & fruit production, 3 on the miracle of what women who are motivated can do and more.

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8:30 AM Welcome
8:45 - 9:45 AM Keynote Address: Leah Lizarondo
9:45- 10:00 AM Q & A
10:00 - 10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:15 Panel: Women Taking on Food Justice - Leah Lizarondo, Cathy Snyder, Kalie Wertz & Jessica Humphries
11:25 - 12:25 PM Barb Gerlach and Seneca - Farm Stay Kathy Demchak, PSU - Basics of Pruning Brambles, Blueberries, and Grapes Discussion - What Women Farmers want in the Farm Bill Collective Creamery - The Power of Teamwork
12:30 - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 PM Census Update - King Whetstone / PASA Vegetable Apprenticeship - Dan Dalton 
2:40 - 3:30 PM Sandy Miller - When You Have Livestock, You Have Deadstock Megan Chawner - Healthy Transplants Katy, Ament, Tooth of the Lion and Apothecary  -      Farm Efficiency: From Work Flow to Labor Management Yosada Mensah - Trifolia Natural Natural Products - Making Tofu
3:30 - 3:50 PM Networking Break
4:00 - 5:00 PM Kathy Soder, USDA-ARS and K Bar K Farm - How We Can Make the Grass More Attractive on THIS Side of the Fence?  Jacqueline Scheichler, PSU Ag Law Center - The Law of Seed Saving & Sharing PA Farmers Union - How Does the Food Modernization Safety Act Affect Your Business? Carla Snyder - Please Steal These Tips


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