Posts Tagged ‘Food Justice Summit’

Friday, April 5, 2024

Taking food & nutrition beyond the table 

Amy Kohanski presenting at the Food Justice Summit.

By Amy Kohanski, The Heart Network

National Nutrition Month (March) is now behind us, however, the team at The Heart Network has been thinking a lot about this year’s theme, “Beyond the Table,” and how that ties into work happening here in the North Country. The Heart Network looks at food and nutrition as a public health issue.

A key aim of our Creating Healthy Schools & Communities program, which is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health, is to increase the availability of healthy foods in school, worksite and community settings. We also strive to help individuals take control of their health through better management of chronic disease — a big part of that involves making healthy food choices.

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Regional Food Justice Summit Gives Everyone a Seat at the Table

Food Justice Summit poster
The 6th annual Food Justice Summit for the Adirondacks will take place on Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. Individuals from all twelve counties of the Adirondack Park will gather at this event to discuss pressing topics related to equitable food systems. Its purpose is to empower those in attendance to become advocates for food justice and to create lasting, positive change in their communities.  » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Grateful for the Adirondack Food Justice Summit

Benita Law Diao

In March, The Heart Network had the privilege of participating in the 2023 Adirondack Food Justice Summit, organized by the Adirondack Health Institute and the Adirondack Food System Network, and hosted at The Wild Center. This year’s theme was “Feed Back: Food is Health” — a theme that strongly parallels The Heart Network’s Creating Healthy Schools & Communities (CHSC) priorities in Franklin County.

The one-day event zeroed in on “food as medicine,” highlighting programs and initiatives across the Adirondack region aimed at strengthening our food systems to reduce food insecurity — without compromising population health. In fact, much of the discussion spoke to strategies that can improve health while also advancing equity in our food systems. One such strategy is the implementation of Food RX models in our communities, which involves healthcare providers working with patients to connect them to healthy local food sources. One of the two keynote speakers — Benita Law Diao — challenged participants to examine more closely the barriers that prevent people from accessing nutritious foods and physical activity.

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Monday, February 27, 2023

Food Justice Summit coming up March 2

food justice summit poster The Adirondack Food System Network and its Steering Committee are excited to announce the 2023 Food Justice Summit to be held at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY on March 2, 2023. This year’s theme is “Feed Back – Food is Health.”

“Craigardan is honored to assist in this important annual event through our ongoing work as part of the Adirondack Food System Network. The Feed Back summit was originally conceived in 2018 to convene all of us working within the regional food system, to identify gaps and opportunities, and to address inequities. Now in its sixth year, it has proven to be an integral piece of positive systems change in the North Country.” said Michele Drozd, Executive Director of Craigardan.

The one-day conference will feature panels on “food as medicine” programs and initiatives, innovative approaches to food system analysis, and environmental health. Additionally, the Summit will highlight two keynote speakers: Dr. Devon Mihesuah, Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas, and Benita Law-Diao, NYS Licensed Public Health Nutritionist/Dietitian and Adirondack Park Agency Board Member.

Registration is required for the event. Scholarships are available. Tickets and information for the event, including its sponsors and program, can be found at

Thursday, January 12, 2023

2023 Food Justice Summit set for March 2, Call For Presenters Forms Due Jan. 16

The Adirondack Food System Network, an inter-agency collaborative effort, is pleased to announce that the annual Food Justice Summit will return to The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY on March 2, 2023. Over the last five years, the annual Food Justice Summit has brought together activists, farmers, agencies, consumers, educators, students, and many more to explore the facets and components of our regional food system. Since 2020, our communities have faced an unprecedented concerns and challenges related to the food system. From the farm to the exam room, our roots of the food system run deep.


Building a resilient food system rests on a foundation of healthy communities, one that supports our local and regional producers and offers choice and options for the food on one’s plate. Our goal is to bring together local initiatives, showcase and celebrate the work being done, and to build a collaborative effort to tackle some of these intractable issues. How do we move our region toward healthier, stronger, and more resilient food system? How do we create inclusive, healthier, and more accessible institutions?

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Save the Date: 2023 Food Justice Summit set for March 2, 2023

The Adirondack Food System Network is pleased to announce that the upcoming 2023 Food Justice Summit will take place on March 2, 2023 at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. A formal invitation as well as additional details about the event will be released soon. Interested parties are welcome to reference this website for updates. Any questions about the summit may be directed to To view the 2022 Food Justice Summit recap, please click here.

About the Adirondack Food System Network:

The Adirondack Food System Network is a collaboration of multiple organizations working together as equal partners to better understand system-wide issues, identify gaps and develop realistic solutions to help strengthen and promote a more resilient food system.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, market supply chain and trade disruptions have limited food accessibility, especially for vulnerable residents lacking access to transportation and the means to purchase fresh food. At the same time, farmers have been faced with significant disruptions in market access, especially due to the closure of restaurants, retail, and other food establishments, and the threat of the loss of market access for area farmers.

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