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Strengthening the Roots: Food & Justice Convergence

February 12-14, 2010
University of California, Santa Cruz

The Strengthening the Roots: Food & Justice Convergence will be held in Santa Cruz, CA on February 12-14, 2010. The convergence is organized by the California Student Sustainability Coalition/West Coast Real Food Challenge and regional partners. This regional gathering of students and allies will strengthen the roots of our movement for just and sustainable food by bringing 200 students and allies together for workshops, panel discussions, and leadership trainings. The convergence will empower high school and college students to actively engage in their local communities and institutions by providing them with leadership skills, successful models and case studies, and a broader network of activists and allies.

The convergence was a huge success! Read all about it here.

Below you will find:
Photos and Documentation



Full program here.

Friday, February 12
Location TBA
4:00pm                  Registration opens
5:00-7:00pm         Dinner on your own
7:00-10:00pm      Opening activities: games, community-building activities, and casual networking (snacks provided)

Saturday, February 13
College 9/10 Multipurpose Room, UC Santa Cruz
8:00-8:45am        Breakfast / Saturday morning registration
8:45-9:15am        Planning team welcome
9:15-10:15am     "Weaving the Real Food Wheel" featuring dynamic speakers from different parts of our food system
10:15-10:30am   Break
10:30-12:00pm   Workshop Session I: Unpacking the Issues
12:00-1:45pm     Lunch & Vendor Fair
1:45-2:00pm       Break
2:00-3:30pm       Workshop Session II: Strengthening our Skills
3:30-3:45pm       Break
3:45-5:15pm       Workshop Session III: Successful Models & Case Studies
5:15-5:30pm       Break
5:30-6:00pm       Day feedback / evening announcements
6:00-7:30pm       Dinner & celebration
7:30-10:00pm    Go Live: Real Food Concert & Vendor Fair
10:00pm             Shuttles & carpool back to the Grange

Sunday, February 14
College 9/10 Multipurpose Room, UC Santa Cruz
8:00-8:45am       Breakfast / Sunday morning registration
8:45-9:00am       Sunday morning announcements
9:00-10:00am     Panel Discussion on Food Justice (speakers TBA)
10:00-10:15am   Break
10:15-11:45am   Workshop Session IV: Tying it all Together
11:45-12:45pm   Lunch
12:45-1:00pm     Break
1:00-2:30pm       Closing Ceremony
2:30-3:00pm       Evaluations / prep for open space
3:00-5:00pm       Open Space (optional)
5:00pm                Clean up / goodbyes


Workshop List

Animal Rights and the Sustainable Food Movement
Climate Foodprints of Campus Dining Services
Connecting Your Schoolwork to the Real Food Movement
Do It Yourself: Urban Homesteading
Documenting the Movement: Putting Your Voice into Advocacy Media
Extending Our Roots: How to Start and Maintain a Campus Garden
Farmworker Rights and the Student/Farmworker Alliance
Getting the Win: Planning a Successful Campaign
High Schoolers Unite! Developing a Model for High School Food Activism
Kresge Food Co-op and CoFed: The Present and Future of the Student-run Food Cooperative Movement
Permaculture 101
Popular Education 101
Psychological Skills for Making Your Message Effective
Real Food Challenge: Are You Up For It?
Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum
The Fair Food Project: Exploring Fair Labor in American Agriculture
The Global Supply Chain & Alternative Trade Models
The Next Generation of Protest
Turning Passion into Action
Working With Dining Services

Photos and Documentation

To see photos of our event, click here or check out our Facebook page.

Questions? Comments?

To learn more about the Strengthening the Roots Convergence, contact Kelsey Meagher at