CFF Annual Gathering 2018

Thursday June 7, 2018

5 – 8pm

Project Farmhouse
76 East 13th St

Register Here by 6/5 (*required)

Co-sponsored by Philanthropy NY

This year CFF is excited to be hosting our 6th Annual Gathering! Please join us to celebrate accomplishments from the past year and hear from your colleagues about different strategies being used to impact our regional food system.

As part of the evening, we will hear from the recipient of the 2018 CFF Champions Award, East New York Farms!

Whether your focus is on nutrition or hunger, food chain workers or farmland preservation, emergency food or food waste, we all have a part to play in creating the just food system that everyone deserves. We encourage your attendance whether you’re a long-time CFF member or just entering the field of food systems change.

Join us at the CFF Annual Gathering for an evening of Puerto Rican food and drink, networking, and updates from the field. You can view pictures from last year’s Annual Gathering here.

2017 Annual Gathering

We are thrilled to be partnering once again with Project Farmhouse to host this year’s event, and to feature catering from Liberation Cuisine and a special drink of Puerto Rican rum from Port Morris Distillery.

In a departure from past keynotes, this year’s featured presentation will be a panel discussion. Frontline activists from Puerto Rico will discuss Puerto Rico’s food system both pre- and post-Maria, and what lessons can be learned for our food system in the northeast. We’ll hear about community-led responses to the hurricane, food sovereignty work on the island, and what is still needed for its people to prosper.

Our panel includes:

  • Giovanni Roberto, organizer, Center for Political, Educational and Cultural Development
  • Ana Elisa Pérez-Quintero, Agroecological farmer and co-founder/director of La Colmena Cimarrona-
    Finca Conciencia
  • José Jorge Díaz Ortiz, Founder and Artistic Director, AgitArte
  • Gabriela Álvarez (moderator), Chef and Founder, Liberation Cuisine

East New York Farms! will be represented at the 2018 CFF Annual Gathering by David Vigil, Program Director, and Johanna Willins, co-founder of East New York Farms! David has worked at ENYF since 2007, and became Project Director in 2013. In addition to sustaining long-running programs, David’s priorities have been to create more opportunities for youth leadership, engage community gardeners in agricultural research projects, and expand the reach of ENYF programs to more NYCHA residents. Johanna Willins is an East New York resident and the coordinator of Herbal Garden. She was the first vendor of the East New York Farmers Market in 1998 and has been an active vendor and leader in the project for 20 years.


More about the panel

Gabriela Álvarez is a chef and founder of Liberation Cuisine. She began cooking after studying public health in academia for several years. The kitchen became her way to tackle inequalities in the food system, while maintaining a focus on individual agency. Her own relationship with food has served as a declaration of self-worthiness in a world that diminishes brown bodies as well as a point of connection to her Puerto Rican ancestry. Her menus are an exploration of her own identities and a reflection of the communities and collectives with whom she collaborates.

Ana Elisa Pérez Quintero is an agroecological farmer and the co-founder/director of La Colmena Cimarrona-Finca Conciencia in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Ana Elisa has been an activist for environmental and food justice in Puerto Rico since she was thirteen working for ENLACE of the Caño Martín Peña, a member of Boricuá Organization of Ecological Agriculture, on the board of the Model Forest of Puerto Rico and of the Northeastern Ecological Corridor Coalition. She has founded and built gardens in communities, school and universities throughout Puerto Rico, building the network towards food sovereignty. Ana Elisa internationally coordinates community peasant-to-peasant initiatives in Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Giovanni Roberto is a puertorrican social activist and organizer for the Center for Political, Educational and Cultural Development (CDPEC). Roberto is a former student leader during the 2010-2011 mobilizations and strikes. CDPEC and its Community Kitchens programs have been pioneer of the new resistance to austerity organizing solidarity food distribution since 2013. CDPEC have organize Mutual Aid Centers after Hurricane Maria to distribute food and help the population in need. These MACs are now working to be permanent popular spaces.

José Jorge Díaz Ortiz is the founder and Artistic Director of AgitArte. Jorge is a cultural worker/popular educator, community organizer, puppeteer and DJ (Cano Cangrejo) from Puerto Rico with over 20 years of praxis in the field. Jorge is deeply committed to working class struggles that challenge patriarchy, white supremacy, imperialism and capitalism in all of its forms. He received his BA in Mass Communication from Emerson College, Boston in 1994. He is actively engaged in struggles for liberation and a member of the Movimiento Socialista de Trabajadores. Jorge is also a founding member of Papel Machete, a collective of radical artists and street theater/puppetry workers dedicated to education, agitation and solidarity work in 21st century Puerto Rico and its Diaspora. He has been a political adviser, mentor, gathering designer and an editor of the book When We Fight, We Win!

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