The Food Policy Council of San Antonio (FPCSA) has opened registration for its second annual food conference, to be held June 12-15, 2013 at the TriPoint Center, Highway 281 N at N. St. Mary’s St. Registration is available online or by mailing a form found at safoodconference.org.
On Wednesday, June 12, a full-day course, “Doing Food Policy Councils Right,” is offered by Mark Winne. A writer, food activist, and trainer, Winne has helped to found several food and agriculture policy groups. Recently he was appointed Senior Advisor to the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. He was keynote speaker at FPCSA’s inaugural conference in 2012, and has been invited back to present this intensive training for those interested in starting or working with FPCs. He is author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (Beacon Press, 2008) and Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture (Beacon Press, 2010).
The main conference days are Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14 at TriPoint, with three concurrent speaking tracks on Producers, Policy, and Community. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff will welcome attendees on Thursday, and Friday opens with a panel discussion on water and agriculture. Local and national policy issues, and titles including “A Culinarian’s Perspective on Healthy Cooking,” “Building Community Through Gardens,” and “Agriculture at the Missions” will cover aspects of the food system that are not often dealt with in the same event.
On Thursday evening, participants may opt to attend a local-food reception at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard in Elemendorf.
Saturday June 15 will have tours and field trips to various locations, including SicloVerde, an inaugural bike tour of community gardens in the Green Spaces Alliance network; a farm tour on Highway 90 West, where participants will visit three farms raising beef and poultry and growing organic produce; an early agricultural tour of the acequias at Mission San Juan and a nearby ranch associated with Mission Espada; and a tour of the San Antonio Food Bank’s garden and programs.
FPCSA’s 2012 conference attracted around 200 people interested in learning more about how to affect our food system, including concerned citizens, small farmers, educators, dietitians, food entrepreneurs, public servants, and elected officials.
The Food Policy Council of San Antonio is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing root causes of an unhealthy food system, and helping people work for the food environment they want to have. Its vision is, “Healthy, fresh, affordable food is accessible to all, in a vibrant local food economy.”