The Future of Food Systems Planning: Panel, Discussion, Dinner

What is the future of food systems planning?

The success of the food movement has gained traction nationally. Yet, there are still many structural dimensions of the food system that have negatively impact people, health, and the environment. What comes next in food systems planning? How do we get there? Join Healthy Places GSD for cocktails, a panel with practitioners, policy experts, and academics, and a delicious vegetarian meal provided by Roxbury-based Fresh Food Generation. We will be discussing some of the changing opportunities, challenges, and contradictions in the movement to create a more sustainable and more just food system.

Friday, April 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Harvard University Center for the Environment
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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About the panelists:

Julie Guthman is a geographer and professor of social sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research has broadly been about how neoliberal-inflected capitalism shapes the conditions of possibility for food system transformation. She has also studied the influence of California’s agrarian past on contemporary efforts to reduce pesticide use. As a current Harvard Radcliffe Institute fellow, Guthman has been writing a book that details how the use of fumigation to control soil-borne pathogens reverberated throughout California’s strawberry industry, rendering more sustainable solutions elusive. Guthman has authored award winning books on food system. Guthman has authored award winning books on food systems, including Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in Californiaand Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism. In 2017, Guthman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Cassandria Campbell is a founder of Fresh Food Generation, a catering business, food truck, and cafe committed to serving on-the-go real foods using ingredients from local farms prepared into Caribbean goodness. Cassandria became a food justice advocate as a teenager working at The Food Project. Upon graduating from Swarthmore College, she returned to the organization to be the Youth Coordinator. Eager to learn how cities can best help communities access resources, she pursued a degree in Urban Planning at MIT. The idea for Fresh Food Generation was born out of desire to find more real food options in her own neighborhood.

Heidi Stucker has worked for MAPC since 2014 as an Environmental and Food Systems Planner in the Environmental Division to support the agency’s food system planning, environmental and climate change resiliency projects. She specializes in projects that improve the food system economy, agricultural and fishing resiliency, and the equitable and affordable access of locally produced foods. She is currently a primary contributor to the Massachusetts Food System Plan, a 2-year planning project. Heidi has worked in various aspects of agriculture and food systems in Massachusetts for the past decade. She has worked as a farmer and manager of a Community Supported Agriculture program; and consulted on non-profit community food projects in the greater Boston and Lawrence areas. Her research and projects have focused on healthy food financing policy, food enterprise opportunities in Boston neighborhoods with limited health food outlets, and New England food business incubator infrastructure and programming.

Nicole Negowetti is a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic. Prior to joining the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, she was Policy Director of the Good Food Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a sustainable, healthy, and humane food system by supporting transformative plant-based and cultured food technology companies. As a law professor, her teaching and research focused on food law and policy, agricultural law, and sustainability. Nicole serves on the Food & Drug Law Journal Editorial Advisory Board and is a founding member of the Academy of Food Law & Policy. She is also a co-founder of the Northwest Indiana Food Council, whose mission is to build a just, sustainable, and thriving locally-oriented food system.

Moderator: Johanna Gilligan’s work has reimagined the role young adults can play in transforming our food system, most recently as the founding director of Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans. Her work on school food reform, led by middle school youth, generated national attention and was profiled on HBO’s “Weight of the Nation.” Her work discovers collaborative ways to build community-led food projects that address the systemic inequity of our food system. As a current GSD Loeb Fellow, Gilligan is exploring how land-based education can transform our existing educational approach into a more experiential learning model that enhances the relationship young adults have to land and to one another.

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