Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Just Food Conference 2012 & The Good Food Jobs Fair

Last March I had the pleasure of attending the Just Food CSA Conference as a volunteer. I scheduled my volunteer shift for early check-in so I would be able to attend the rest of the day's events. I learned so many things that I think about or practice daily. Michaela Hayes lead a great canning workshop featuring Ball products and how to preserve the bounty from CSA shares and the farmer's market. There was a delicious meal for lunch where I spoke with egg producers who have their farms not too far from where I grew up. After lunch I learned about The Greenhorns and all the amazing young farmers out there and what they are doing. The main discussion let everyone in on how the economy is really effecting farmers. And finally the Expo was an fun way to talk to producers and artisans with exciting products and ideas. At the Expo I learned about Animal Welfare Approved and heard more from Winter Sun Farms CSA (an awesome frozen, local produce CSA). All in all, a enlightening and significant experience. 

With that said, it is time to talk about the 2012 Just Food Conference 2012: Ea• Work • Grow the Movement
When: Friday February 24th & Saturday February 25th
Time: Friday: 8am -7pm, Saturday 8am - 6pm
Where: Food & Finance High School 
(525 West 50th Street, New York, NY)
Full Information on the Just Food Website.
Buy Tickets here.

This year's conference will be even more awesome than last year. The first reason for this is because one of my favorite companies is involved in a spectacular way-- Friday night of the conference (February 24th) Good Food Jobs presents the Good Food Jobs Fair
The Good Food Jobs Fair will be February 24th from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Food & Finance High School (525 West 50th Street, New York, NY). This is a perfect opportunity to meet with up and coming businesses as well as established ones- think artisans, creative agricultural organizations and more. Taylor and Dorothy of Good Food Jobs expect 40 awesome businesses at the fair. Come to meet, mingle, network and find your dream job! It is a wonderful new addition to the Just Food Conference!

Buy your ticket to the Good Food Jobs Fair here.
If you wish to have a table as a business/organization apply here

Another new and wonderful thing Just Food is doing this year is the "Day In The Life" Auction. The auction will offer the chance to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences to spend a day with a favorite food professional. Bids will be taken online starting February 17th and ending March 2nd. I can't think of a better way to support Just Food than this fabulous action! Check out the list so far: 
  • Jake Dickson, Owner, Dickson's Farmstand Meats
  • Rick Field, Owner, Ricks Picks
  • Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, Co-Founders, Food 52
  • Keith Cohen, Owner, Orwasher’s Bakery
  • Johanna Kolodny, Food Forager, Print Restaurant
  • Patrick Martins, Founder, Heritage Foods USA
  • Liz Neumark, Owner, Great Perfomances
  • Annie Novak, Urban Farmer and Educator, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
  • Kelly and Sonya Taylor, Owners, Kelso of Brooklyn
  • Karen Washington, Urban Farmer and Advocate, La Familia Verde Community Garden and Farmers Market
  • Mary Cleaver, Owner and Chef, Cleaver Company & The Green Table
Follow Just Food on Twitter: @justfood
The best way to learn more about what exciting things are coming at the conference! 

Follow Good Food Jobs on Twitter: @goodfoodjobs
Keep an eye out for shout outs to presenters coming to the fair! 

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