September 03, 2019

3rd Annual MA Food System Forum

Dr. Becca B.R. Jablonski

Attend the 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum to learn new skills, celebrate successes, and collaborate across disciplines to increase equity and sustainability in the MA food system. 

Register for the 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum - The Forum is full. Please use this link to add your name to the waitlist.

Friday, November 22, 2019
Hogan Campus Center
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA
9:30am - 4:00pm

Morning Sessions
The day will begin with an optional networking breakfast at 9:00am. After an overview of the MA Food System Collaborative's work and selected food system topics, there will be the opportunity to attend breakout groups which will provide updates and brainstorm next steps around:

  • The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)
  • Food waste reduction
  • Agricultural resiliency and climate change
  • Farmland access
  • Evaluating and measuring food systems impact
  • Integrating food system education into schools
  • Race and equity at farmers markets 

During the locally-sourced lunch, Massachusetts State Representative Hannah Kane, co-chair of the Legislature’s Food System Caucus, will speak about her work and priorities around nutrition and agriculture legislation. 

Keynote: Tensions and Trade-offs in Food System Work
Food system work requires some challenging balancing acts. Improving market opportunities for farmers while at the same time expanding access to healthy affordable food for low-income consumers. Promoting the local economy and protecting the environment while maintaining jobs and the tax base. It often feels like trade-offs are inevitable. Becca Jablonski, Assistant Professor and Food Systems Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University, will discuss her research around these trade-offs, and how communities can best work together to promote win-win scenarios.

Afternoon Sessions
In the afternoon, there will be skill-building workshops and discussions on topics including: 

  • Non profit lobbying
  • State budget process
  • Advocacy
  • Food policy councils and community food assessments
  • State funding and technical assistance
  • and more 

The day will conclude with a panel of community groups presenting on their work to strengthen the food system. 


Register for the 3rd Annual MA Food System Forum - The Forum is full. Please use this link to add your name to the waitlist.

Registration is $40 and includes a locally-sourced breakfast and lunch. Email Brittany Peats with questions at

As there will be limited parking at the venue, we strongly encourage you to carpool. If you are interested in carpooling (from Boston, Union Station in Worcester, Springfield etc.), please sign up here.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Wegmans, Whole Foods Market, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

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