The State of Our Local Suburban Agriculture: Where Do We Grow From Here?

The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University along with The Long Island Food Coalition, formerly Long Island Small Farm Initiative, and The North Shore Land Alliance are proud to present a conference on The State of Our Local Suburban Agriculture: Where do we grow from here? featuring Mark Winne, Food Activist, Writer and Trainer.

This conference will bring together local experts in the fields of sustainable food production and distribution representing the current practices in both agriculture and aquaculture of the area. There will be opportunity to discuss obstacles to our local food system that are impeding sustainable progress. The desired outcome from this gathering of exper  ts is to lay down the pathway for a vibrant local food system, one that supports growers committed to providing the community access to high quality products.

Panel Discussions:

Panel 1: Existing Framework Related to our Local Food System
Moderator: Bhavani Jaroff, iEat Green

Speakers: Rob Carpenter, NY Farm Bureau; Ehle Schate, NYS Ag
and Markets and August Ruckdeschel, Suffolk County


Panel 2: Topic: Present Local Food System - Are they Sustainable?
Moderator: Sandra Garren, Phd., Hofstra University
Speakers: Caroline Fanning, Restoration Farm; Bernadette Martin,
LI Greenmarket, Inc. and Paul Dlugokencky, Blindbat Brewery


Panel 3: Topic: Importance of Local Agriculture to Health and Education
Moderator: Sharryn M. Kasmir, Phd., Hofstra University
Speakers: Alethia Vasilas, Orkestai Farms; Aiyana Smith, Blossom 
Sustainable Development and Jeannine Davis, Waldorf School Garden


Panel 4: Suburban Agriculture Forming Communities
Moderator:  Iman Marghoob, Long Island Community Gardens Association
Speakers: Mary Callanan, Liberty Village Veteran's Garden; Donna Lanzetta Manna, Fish Farms and Greg Sandor, Cornell Cooperative Extension

About Mark Winne: From organizing breakfast programs for low-income children in Maine to developing innovative national food policies in Washington, DC, Mark has dedicated his professional life and writing to enabling people to find solutions to their own food problems as well as those that face their communities and the world.

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Date: April 19, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Location: Student Center Theatre 151

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required.
Space is limited.
Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link

For more information, please contact Annetta Centrella-Vitale at


Thursday, April 19, 2018



Student Center Theater
Student Center - Sondra and David S. Mack
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Annetta Centrella-Vitale

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