Event Details


May 6, 2023


10:00 am - 4:00 pm; doors open at 9:00 am


Edison Career and Technology High School
655 Colfax St
Rochester, NY 14606


$1.00 - $20.00 pay what you can


CCE Harvest NY, CCE Monroe County, and Foodlink

Marci Muller

2023 Spring Urban Agriculture Conference

May 6, 2023

2023 Spring Urban Agriculture Conference

Join us for a day of workshops (including a rain barrel workshop), panel discussions, and tabling by local organizations and businesses. The keynote speaker is Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm (with ASL interpreter). CCE Monroe County Master Gardeners will be conducting complimentary soil testing (texture/pH) for those interested. All individuals, groups, and skill levels are welcome!

Rochester's Urban Ag Conference welcomes an experienced panel of five experts, including CCE Harvest NY's Urban Community Gardens Specialist Makela Elvy, to discuss issues such as environmental justice and racial equity, and how those topics relate to the urban growing scene and beyond. The panel will be moderated by Nathaniel Mich, executive director of Taproot Collective, following and corresponding to the keynote presentation from Leah Penniman.

Lunch will be provided; vegetarian options included. Rochester On the Move will be on-site for childcare (children ages 10 years and up only).

Pay what you can, $1-20; no one will be turned away.

CCE Harvest NY, CCE Monroe County, Foodlink, and the City of Rochester

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