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3rd Annual Massachusetts Food System Forum

November 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Attend the 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum to learn new skills, celebrate successes, and collaborate across disciplines to increase equity and sustainability in the MA food system.

Morning Sessions

The day will begin with an optional networking breakfast at 9:00am. After an overview of the MA Food System Collaborative’s work and selected food system topics, there will be the opportunity to attend breakout groups which will provide updates and brainstorm next steps around the Healthy Incentives Program, food waste, agricultural issues, and more.


During the locally-sourced lunch, Massachusetts Representative Hannah Kane, co-chair of the Legislature’s Food System Caucus, will speak about her work and priorities around nutrition and agriculture legislation.

Keynote: Tensions and Trade-offs in Food System Work

Food system work requires some challenging balancing acts. Improving market opportunities for farmers while at the same time expanding access to healthy affordable food for low-income consumers. Promoting the local economy and protecting the environment while maintaining jobs and the tax base. It often feels like trade-offs are inevitable. Becca Jablonski, Assistant Professor and Food Systems Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University, will discuss her research around these trade-offs, and how communities can best work together to promote win-win scenarios.

Afternoon Sessions

In the afternoon, a panel of community groups will present on their work. The day will conclude with skill-building workshops and discussions on topics including advocacy, fundraising, communications, and the state budget process.


Friday, November 22, 2019
Hogan Campus Center
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA
9:30am – 4:00pm


Early bird registration (through Oct 31) is $30 and includes a locally-sourced breakfast and lunch.

Email Brittany Peats with questions at brittany@mafoodsystem.org.

In an effort to build community, make the event accessible to all, and reduce the environmental impact of this conference, we encourage carpooling. If you are interested in carpooling (from Boston, Union Station in Worcester, Springfield, etc.), please sign up here.



November 22, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Worcester, MA
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