Black Urban Growers (BUGs) announces 7th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners National Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 10–12, 2017.
Since 2010 they have been creating a space for black urban and rural farmers, food justice activists, chefs, educators, policy makers and everyday citizens to come together and share innovative ideas, projects, and best practices for reclaiming and reshaping our food system.
2017 BUGS Conference Theme Tracks:
Rooted - Asks us to dig deep and ground ourselves in the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors, to create a space of honor and shared value for our ancestors and their traditions. We invite you to share beliefs, values and best practices from our elders.
Rising (In) - Calls for current food systems strategies that empower, liberate, connect, and re-form bonds that define our communities. We invite proposals that speak to these lessons as well as symbiotic relationships and the many ways we form bonds with the land (SOILdarity), with each other, and across geographies. land and land seeker, beginning and seasoned growers, the urban with the rural.
Reimagine - Inspired by Afro-Futurism and Abolition, we invite proposals that imagine our liberated future selves, and environments as we relate to and curate our African diasporic foodways and the future of Black farming.
Re-Construction - Although we always encourage interactive workshops we also offer a specific skillshare track that allows for work on the land, and other hands-on urban and rural agriculture education workshops:
- Building Self-Reliant Communities
- Health and Well-Being
- Food Policy and Action Planning
- From Seed to Table
- Skill-building workshops on Sustainable Agriculturei.e. hoop house construction, hydroponics, aquaponics
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