Good Food and Good Jobs in the Pioneer Valley
How can we ensure that the development of our local food system provides farm and food workers with fair pay, quality working conditions and a voice in the workplace? Join us for PVGrows 2014 Spring Forum to learn what “good food jobs” are and what you can do to support their creation.
Thursday, April 10th from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm at Mill 1 in Open Square, 4 Open Square Way, Holyoke, MA
The food system accounts for 18 % of our Pioneer Valley jobs, employing nearly 38,000 people, and generating over $1 billion in local revenue. And it’s growing– but the people who do the work of producing, manufacturing, processing, distributing, and selling our food see disproportionately less of the benefits of this growth.
At the PVGrows Spring Forum we will use both a local and a national lens to increase our understanding of the opportunities that scaling up our local food system could provide for increased justice and equity for food system workers.
Learn who are “the hands that feed us.” How many people work in what kinds of food jobs and what are their wages and future career prospects? We’ll focus especially on farm workers and restaurant workers.
Gain an understanding of working conditions that workers experience in growing, processing, cooking, and serving the food we eat.
Hear how employers navigate the challenge of providing workers fair pay while still running profitable businesses, and look at successful strategies that employers are using.
Think about the future: what kinds of jobs and careers lay ahead for our increasingly localized food system?
In addition, you will have a chance to meet with a number of local people taking varied approaches to building food system careers and who are taking action to ensure that Pioneer Valley food jobs are indeed good jobs.
As usual, the Forum includes interactive sessions, structured networking, opportunities for collaboration, and a locally grown lunch.
Read more about the PVGrows Forum.
This event is open to anyone working for a healthy food system in the Pioneer Valley.
Space is limited to 120.
The Forum is free. ($12 lunch food donation suggested).
Registration Required. Registration opens on Monday, Feb 17.
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