About the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) Conference in Oakland, California:
Over the past 15 years, CFSC has worked to catalyze a broad and far-reaching food systems movement. Each year, CFSC brings people together to learn from each other and to shape the future of our movement. CFSC held its first conference with 170 attendees in Los Angeles in 1997 and this year we return to California for “Food Justice: Honoring our Roots, Growing the Movement.”
CFSC and the movement have grown exponentially, and so has the annual conference! We expect over 1,000 participants this November 4 – 8, 2011 in Oakland, CA from almost every state, many Canadian provinces, and five continents. The California Food and Justice Coalition and Food First will be the hosts and have teamed up with many Bay Area organizations to help CFSC put on a fantastic event.
The conference will begin with two days of pre-conference short courses and Food Justice Tours throughout the Bay Area. The main conference begins Sunday morning and runs through Tuesday afternoon featuring 66 skill building and educational workshops, 20 networking sessions, 5 CFSC Member committee meetings, and a poster session.
Throughout the conference General Sessions will look back to the roots of our food movement, discuss the Food & Farm Bill, and examine where our movement is heading. The third annual Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded and attendees will have the opportunity to meet Food Sovereignty and Food Justice advocates from the Bay Area and beyond.