PVGrows Spring Forum 2014 Program Details

The Hands That Feed Us: 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.

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  • Thursday, April 10th from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • Mill 1 in Open Square, 4 Open Square Way, Holyoke, MA


8:45 – 9:00     Arrivals, Coffee, Tea, Bagels, Muffins & Mingling

9:00 – 12:45    PVGrows Forum


  • Marcos Marrero, Economic Development and Planning Director, City of Holyoke
  • Javiera Benavente and Sam Stegman, PVGrows


Panel Presenters

Small Groups

This is an open networking period during which the following “resource people” will be available to discuss their projects:

  • Worker Cooperatives: What are the ways that worker owned cooperatives address economic and equity issues for local food system workers?
  • Immigrant Reform: How can local food businesses be allies to immigrant workers in the local food system? Why is immigration reform important to local food businesses, farm workers and our communities at large?
  • Restaurant Worker Organizing: What is the current state of working conditions for restaurant workers in Northampton?  What can food service businesses prioritizing sourcing local food learn about creating fair wage jobs?
  • Youth Jobs: What is unique about engaging youth in local food system work?
  • Farm Jobs / Farm Work: What makes up farm work, and who are the people doing these jobs? How “do you walk the line” between producing quality food that is affordable, while creating jobs that are valued and respected?

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch: tables arranged by Working Group

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