Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit 2017

You are invited to the 2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

October 5-6, 2017, a two-day summit for learning, networking & community-building

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists: Keynote Speaker John Piotti, American Farmland Trust; Kimberly Niewolny, Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project; Rodney Taylor, Director Food & Nutrition Services, Fairfax County; Sally Schwitters, Tricycle Gardens; Joelle Robinson, DC Food Policy Council; Elizabeth Borst, VA Farmers Mkt. Mgr. Assoc.; Dave Robishaw, VA Dept. of Agriculture; David Sachs, Grape Wood Farms; Basil Gooden, VA Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry; Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener, Donielle Nolan, George Mason University; Amy Bachman, DC Central Kitchen; Puwen Lee, Arlington Food Assistance Center; Lynette Johnson, Society of St. Andrews; Don Weber, USDA; Bill Brower, DC Water; Katherine Collins, Arcadia Learning Center; Mary Van Dyke, STEM; Justen Garrity, Veterans Compost; Rebecca Carpenter, Sprout Kitchen Gardens.

Panels & Workshops: The Urban-Rural Connection: Making it Work; Increasing Opportunity: Updating the Rules to Promote Urban Agriculture; Agriculture in the Indoor & Outdoor Classroom; Waste Not, Want Not: Connecting Farmers & Feeding Programs; Practical Science-Based Challenges & Solutions to Urban Agriculture; Making a Buck in Urban Ag.

Tours: (1) Washington, DC: Up Top Acres by Nationals Stadium; UDC East Capitol Garden; (2) Potomac Vegetable Farms; Reevesland Learning Center; Arlington Food Assistance Center Walter Reed Garden; Fort Barnard Community Garden.

Where:  Founders Hall, George Mason University Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22201

Cost:  $75 regular; $40 for students.