FORGING OUR FOOD FUTURE
2023 Community Food Gathering
MARCH 15-16, 2023 ROCKY MOUNT, NC
Early bird registration will open in December!
Scholarships will be available Scholarship details will be coming soon.
The Community Food Gathering is Community Food Strategies’ signature statewide event which brings together farm and food system leaders, public service and nonprofit leaders, local food councils, key partners, and community food advocates across the state. This gathering organizes various food system stakeholders to explore solutions, learn skills, and strategize around how to create a food system built by us and for us.
We’ll have a keynote speaker, workshops, panel discussions, a story slam and other creative collaborations to fill our minds and hearts with the nourishment we need to make change. Workshop sessions will include topics on statewide policy and advocacy opportunities, existing community food solutions, opportunities to support growing value chains and local food system infrastructure, creative communications and engagement strategies, and capacity building for our own and our communities’ wellbeing.
The 2023 Gathering will be held at the Rocky Mount Event & Conference Center in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, with additional events in the surrounding area.
We plan to host an in-person gathering, and will pivot as needed in accordance with COVID-19 public health guidelines leading up to the event.
- This gathering will honor and lift up place, people, and power shifting.
- Participants will be inspired by relevant ideas, tools, and relationships for imagination and action towards systems change.
- Participants will feel joy, connection, creative inspiration, and unexpected rejuvenation.
Interested in Presenting?
We are looking for enthusiastic and engaging presenters to share practical and innovative information to food council members, community leaders and decision makers, farmers, health professionals, and local food advocates.
Workshop sessions are 75 minutes with 30-minute breaks in between sessions. We’ll consider holding two sequential sessions for topics needing deeper exploration. We encourage sessions that include networking components, discussion, participant engagement, or hands-on activities.
- Proposal submissions due on Tuesday, January 10th.
- Notice of workshop selection by Friday, January 20th.
Submit workshop proposals by completing this form by January 10th. If submitting more than one workshop proposal, please fill out separate forms for each.
The 2019 Gathering: Cultivating Community through Food took place on December 5 & 6th, 2019. More than 200 community leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, farmers, youth, local government and health professionals came together to learn about ongoing food, farm, and health efforts and opportunities connected to establishing a more equitable food system.