World on Your Plate Conference Oct. 7th -8th

13th Annual Food and Sustainable Living Conference. October 7 & 8, Daemen College

To restore the earth by promoting sustainability for farmers, farm workers & consumers; * To advance education and action on issues of food safety, security, and sovereignty; and * To create a table where all are welcome.
The 13th Annual World on Your Plate Food and Sustainable Living Conference Friday and Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2016 Daemen College, Wick Campus Center, 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226 This October, World on Your Plate will be celebrating its 13th annual conference, once again hosted by Daemen College.
This October, World on Your Plate will be celebrating its 13th annual conference, once again hosted by Daemen College. We look forward to an eventful weekend surrounding the many food-related issues from soil quality to food’s impact on our individual bodies as well as the entire earth. Many workshops, vendors, informational tables and entertainment are planned.

Friday Evening promises to be an exciting adventure into the future of organics in NYS!

A light dinner will be served at 5 pm followed by the program.

Elizabeth Henderson and Lianoodes of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association-NY(NOFA-NY) will lead a round table on NY Organic Action Plan (NYOAP) ( ).

NYOAP’s goal is to develop a food and farming system that is socially just, environmentally resilient, and ripe with economic opportunities.

Prior to the round table, we will hold a panel discussion hosting:

Jim Bittner, owner of Bittner-Singer Farms
Tim Bartlett, General Manager of Lexington Coop
Bridget O’Brien-Wood, Buffalo Public School Director of Food Service
Erwin Rakoczy, board member of Clarence Hollow Farmer’s Market

Tom Szulist of Singer Farms Naturals: Panel Facilitator

The panel discussion will give the rest of us a better idea of all that is involved from farm to table. What sometimes appears to be an easy solution to the outsider turns out to be rather complicated. This will provide a variety of perspectives. If you have an interest in the production of organic food, this is the place to be!

We are very excited with this year’s featured Saturday speakers.

* Matthew Goldfarb, farmer & co-founder of Fruition Seeds, will present the morning keynote: “Resilient Seeds in a Changing Climate” ( 1843.htm).

The topic of saving seeds is of particular importance today as agribusiness is gobbling up patents on seeds, adding snippets of genetic material to existing seeds, and generally taking away our inherent right and ability to save seeds, thereby also greatly diminishing our biodiversity.

* Frances Moore Lappe will present our afternoon keynote address: “The Solutions on Your Plate”.
She also spoke at our 2006 conference, and we are delighted to have her speak once again. Her recent books include: Democracy’s Edge, Getting a Grip, EcoMind, and, most recently, World Hunger: 10 Myths. Currently, she is at work on a new book with Small Planet Institute Fellow Adam Eichen on Living Democracy, under the working title, The Thrill of Democracy.

Registration: Friday Evening: $10 preregistered, $15 at the door Friday and Saturday or Saturday Only: $35 at the door, $30 pre-registered, all preregistered students (with id) are free – this includes school aged children and college students. Financial assistance is available.

For more information:, [email protected], or 716-741-8815. Written correspondence and checks can be sent to WOYP, in care of Riverside-Salem UCC, POB 207, Grand Island, NY 14072.