2018 PVGrows Forum: Collaboration for a Thriving Food System

PVGrows Presents: Collaboration for a Thriving Food System
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
Top of Our City Conference Center at Springfield Technical Community College
Save the Date! Registration will open soon.

The 2018 Pioneer Valley Grows Forum will be a day of learning about the challenges of ongoing food systems projects in the Valley. Together we will provide feedback and support to those projects.

For years, PVGrows Forums have provided our community valuable opportunities to make new connections, adopt fresh perspectives, and expand our capacity to work together. The 2018 Forum will leverage this tradition of collaboration to dig deep with the leaders of some of the most innovative – and challenging – food systems projects in the Valley.

The centerpiece of the event will be a series of roundtable discussions during which attendees will have the opportunity to work closely with the leaders of the featured projects. Together we will bring our shared knowledge to the table, brainstorm new strategies and tactics, and forge new opportunities for collaboration. As a community we will collaborate for a thriving food system.

PVGrows Forums are events that bring together 100-150 food system stakeholders and participants to spend a day deeply exploring the Pioneer Valley food system. Learn more about PVGrows Forums.

Open Call for Projects to be Featured at the Forum!

We are looking for projects to feature at the 2018 Pioneer Valley Grows Forum! This is a great opportunity to get help on thorny issues while letting the Pioneer Valley Grows community learn from your process and challenges.

We are looking for presenters who are excited to publicly engage with the tough challenges of an ongoing project. The best candidates will be committed to community conversation and input to benefit their project and the food system as a whole.

Ideal projects will fit into one or more of the following categories:

-Enhance the Pioneer Valley food system
-Are working towards the goals of the MA Local Food Action Plan
-Align with one or more of PVGrows core values:

  • Vibrant Farms and Gardens
  • Justice and Fairness
  • Healthy People
  • Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Thriving Local Economies
  • Strong Communities

Our featured presenters will play a participatory role with attendees. Rather than speaking from a podium to a large group, presenters will take part in multiple rounds of focused round table discussions with conference attendees. During each round, presenters will introduce their project and challenges to the table and the group will have the opportunity to ask questions, share relevant experience and lessons, and discuss possible strategies for moving forward.

If you think your project might be a fit for the Forum, please fill out the project proposal questionnaireWe will accept proposals on a rolling basis so be sure to reach out early before the program is filled! The submission deadline is December 13th, 2017.

For more information contact Noah Baustin, the 2018 PVGrows Forum Coordinator.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

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Take the opportunity to promote your work while participating in and supporting the vibrant work of people and organizations engaged in strengthening the Pioneer Valley’s local food system. Become a sponsor of the 2018 PVGrows Forum.



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