Annual Symposium-Women Growing Justice

This year's annual symposium will be December 12th and we are moving to Western PA for this event. Stay tuned for more details!
PA women farmers sharing skills with African farmers

PA women farmers sharing skills with African farmers

Date and Location

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December 12, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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                December 12, 2018

                8:30am - 5:00pm

                Chatham's Eden Hall Campus, Gibsonia, PA


           Childcare available. Scholarships contact Patty Neiner                                                 at

8:00amRegistration and Refreshments-Esther Barrazone Center
8:30am Welcome & Introductions/Updates/Interplay
Breakouts Women & Farming Business & Marketing Foodways Policy and Advocacy Movies
9:35-10:30a Panel: Intergenerational Women Farmers - Nykisha Madison-Kieta, Karyn Hopkins, Gay Rodgers, Anya Frazier
Record-keeping for Business & Farm Taxes Simplified - Shelly Oswald PA Culinary  Trails - Mary Miller, Alice Julier

Ouch! Arthritis or injury is impacting my involvement in agriculture! - Abbie Spackman

Seed: The Untold Story
10:45-11:40a Rose Hartschuh: Girl Power Diversity: Ten Ways to Make "Thrive" Your Mantra- Carie Starr & Annie Warmke Heritage Breeds: More Than a Hot Food Trend - Shelly Oswald Food Policy Councils (local, statewide) - Dawn Plummer, Karlin Lamberto
11:40-12:25p                                   Lunch & Awards
12:25-2:15p                             Keynote Address-Erika Allen
2:15-3:40p                        The Art of Risk Taking: Caitie Whelan
3:40-4:00p                                                Break
4:05-5:00p Weeds: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em - Barbara McMillan Right To Farm_ Marlene van Es Developing Regional Brand and Product - Emeran Irby, Nicolette Spudic Agvocates in Action: Rose Hartschuh & Maren Cooke:
Food Justice Timeline Discussion - Marian Dalke


 Keynoter for this year:  Erika Allen, co-founder of Urban Growers Collective    

Erika Allen is the Co-Founder, Farmer and Operations CEO for the Urban Growers Collective. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MA in art psychotherapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Integrating the creative and therapeutic techniques with food security and community development has enabled Erika to establish multiple urban farms and agriculture training and education programs. She is passionate about social justice and working with multicultural groups in the elimination of racism and oppression. Erika served as Commissioner for the Chicago Park District from 2012 – 2017 and serves on the boards of Chicago Food Policy Action Council and
Neighbor Space, as well as a founding member of the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative. Erika is a visual artist and consults with individuals and organizations to support visioning and planning of social change objectives. Erika Allen founded and was the Director of Growing Power – Chicago for 15-years prior to the closing of the organization in 2017. Integrating the creative and therapeutic techniques with food security and community development have enabled Ms. Allen to establish nine urban agriculture and food system
projects in Chicago, IL. Her specialties include project planning, and visioning for community food systems design and direct marketing training. Erika has provided technical assistance and planning support for thousands of new and limited resource farmers and local food pioneers to strengthen farm businesses. She actively works to create healthy and diverse food options in inner-urban city and rural communities. Ms. Allen is a Post Carbon Institute Fellow. Erika served
on the Illinois Food, Farms and Jobs Act Council appointed by Illinois Governor Quinn and served on Chicago Mayor - Rahm Emmanuel’s transition team – Energy, Environment and Public Space Committee. She completed the Latino Policy Forum – Multicultural Leadership Academy (2016-2017).

Evening Youth Program at Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh will feature a Career Panel

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