Monday, September 14, 2015

Coming in October - Food Day Youth Summit

GardenShare is sponsoring the third biennial North Country Food Day Youth Summit on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at SUNY Potsdam.  The Summit is a day of learning and action planning for teams of students and adults from high schools around the North Country.

Our keynote speaker this year is Dominic Frongillo, who has been recognized as one of the youngest elected officials in New York State and is an engaging and inspiring speaker on how young people can make a difference.

Workshops will include:

  • Youth Leadership and Change-maker Skills
  • School Gardens
  • Hunger 101
  • Junk Food Safari
  • Food Careers Beyond Chefs and Farmers
  • Snack Attack
  • Farm to School

The day will conclude with each team doing some action planning for a project they can take back to their school or community.  Past projects have included things like school gardens, changed menus in school cafeterias, and support to local food pantries or free will dinners.

If you missed it last week, our intern, Anna, wrote a great four-part blog series on the school gardening program at Keene Central Schools.  You can find it, in its entirety, here.  The Keene story really illustrates what students, faculty, and food service staff can accomplish when they share a vision and work together!

Find more information on the Youth Summit, including registration forms for a school team, here.