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2018 Food Tank Summit: Growing the Food Movement

November 14, 2018

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Food Tank, the Berry Good Food Foundation, the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival are excited to announce the inaugural San Diego Food Tank Summit! The theme for the Summit is Growing the Food Movement. This exciting event will feature more than 30 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for interactive panels, fireside chats, and farmer spotlights.

2018 Speakers Include (many more names to be announced soon).

Colin and Karen Archipley, Farmer-Owners, Archi’s Acres

David Bronner, CEO, Dr. Bronners

Jennifer Burney, Associate Professor, School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego

Ryland Engelhart, Co-Founder, Kiss the Ground

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Assemblywoman for District 80, California State Assembly

Michael Gardiner, Food Writer, San Diego CityBeat

Jessika Greendeer, Ho-Chunk Nation

Vince Hall, CEO, Feeding San Diego

Michael Hamm, Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University

Maria Hesse, Magazine Editor, Edible San Diego

Michelle Lerach, President, Berry Good Food Foundation

Nate Looney, Farmer, Westside Urban Gardens

Keith Maddox, President, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council.

Evelyn Rangel-Medina, Chief of Staff, Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United

Sarah Mesnick, Co-Founder, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Neil Nagata, President, San Diego County Farm Bureau

Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

Stepheni Norton, Owner, Dickinson Farms

Michele Parente, Reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Mari Payton, Correspondent, NBC 7

Jenny Ramirez, California Harvesters

Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Kirk Siegler, Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)

Rachel Surls, Sustainable Food Systems Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension Los Angeles County

Jeff “Trip” Tripician, General Manager, Niman Ranch

Clark Wolf, Journalist, Forbes

Candice Woo, Founding Editor, Eater San Diego

Gabe Youtsey, Chief Innovation Officer, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Andra Zeppelin, Freelance Writer and Former Editor, Eater Denver.

Sponsors include: the Berry Good Food Foundation, the San Diego Food and Wine Festival, Nature’s Path, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, Sealed Air, Driscoll’s, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Farmer & the Seahorse, Organic Valley, Niman Ranch, Frazier Farms, Mother Jones, Edible San Diego.

As one of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations in food and agriculture, Food Tank started these Summits four years ago, all in collaboration with major universities and non-profits and bringing together more than 400 speakers for discussions moderated by journalists from outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Vice, Vox, NPR, BuzzFeed, and Bloomberg.

Delicious breakfast, snacks, and lunch included (with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options).


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San Diego, CA 92121 United States
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