HAMDEN — On Jan. 17 the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network will host Food and Faith II, a half day conference to study how faith communities can work with food producers and activists to help access more local, safe and nourishing food.
Food and Faith II will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden. A fee of $30 includes a brilliant panel, break out groups and dinner. Register at www.irejn.org (http://www.irejn.org).
Panel presentations include:
The Big Picture : Martha Page of Hartford Food Systems will address the big picture of access to good food for all and the place of local food sources in all of our diets – rich and poor.
I Just Garden: Monique Bosch – Guerilla Gardener – will share what her community has done to develop food education with diverse populations, as well as her work to preserve farms and develop support for the local food producers.
Soil and Soul Faith and Farming: With Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh, director of Adamah at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, where he teaches about farming, gratitude, and ecological leadership.
Changing the Landscape: Rev. Jen Kilps, social justice pastor at First Lutheran Church of the Reformation in New Britain will tell us about Urban Oaks – a model for urban renewal and food production in New Britain.
Break out topics will include congregational food and gardening education (Catherine Bradshaw and Frances Sink) , urban foresting (Rachel Holmes), starting community supported agriculture (Monique Bosch) and models for urban food production (Jen Kilps).
Local food vendors and food groups will table.
Food and Faith II is co-sponsored by Massaro Farm, Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven, Unitarian Universalist Church of Bridgeport, New Haven Friends Meeting, Adamah at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Stratford Clergy Association and Center for Sustainable Communities at Gateway Community College.