Black Urban Growers (BUGs) and our partners are pleased to present the 9th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners (BUGS) Conference, convening urban and rural farmers, students, chefs, food product makers, herbalists, nutritionists, consumers, policy makers, educators, activists and organizations from across the country! Homecoming: Remembering and Reclaiming our Futures through Soil and Soul is the theme of this year’s conference.
Through engaging and participatory workshops, panel discussions and social events, we will explore the roots of Black Agriculture and its connections and influence on today’s movements for Black food sovereignty, urban agriculture, food systems, reclaiming Black cultural foodways and rebuilding thriving Black communities. The conference will also provide hands-on, skill-building workshops on sustainable agriculture education including soil health, hydroponics, hoop tunnels and other related topics. The 9th Annual BUGS Conference will be held at The new School, 66 West 12th St, New York, NY. The conference will run from October 25-27, 2019.
On Friday, October 25, the local host committee will provide urban farm tours in New York City and a rural farm tour to Ever Growing Farm in Ulster, NY. There will also be a fundraising reception to kick off the conference and offer attendees an opportunity to meet keynote speakers and network with cohorts from across the country. On Saturday, conference attendees will participate in keynote panel discussions and comprehensive line-up of workshops. Relax and socialize after a great day at our BUGs Saturday night party. The conference will close on Sunday, October 21 with break out sessions for affinity groups, regional groups and local and national post-conference organizing efforts.