On Saturday, May 12th, the Brooklyn Food Coalition, a grass-roots community based organization that works on creating a just and sustainable food system in Brooklyn, will be hosting its annual Brooklyn Food Conference. First hosted in 2009, the humble and unassuming event, spearheaded by Nancy Romer and the Park Slope Food Coop, ballooned into something much larger than expected, with more than 3,000 people in attendance. This year, the conference is expected to draw upwards of 5,000 attendees, young and old from all five of New York City’s boroughs.

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With the stated goal of strengthening “the cooperative effort of individuals, groups and organizations fighting everyday for a healthy, sustainable and fair food system,” the Brooklyn Food Conference will be featuring keynotes from notable food activists, nearly 175 different workshops and panel discussions, food demos, family programming, art, and more. Topics of discussion include “Building an Upstate & Downstate Food Alliance,” “Saving the Farmland & Fracking,” and “The Future of NYC Food Policy.”

The best part about the Brooklyn Food Conference? It is 100 percent free to attend. Organized by the Brooklyn Food Coalition’s five staff members in addition to a primarily all-volunteer staff, the conference is meant for everyone to enjoy themselves, connect with others, exchange ideas, and learn about the important issues concerning the state of our food system.

So, New Yorkers, come take part in what is sure to be another wildly successful Brooklyn Food Conference, which will be held at the Brooklyn Tech High School. You can pre-register here.

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