This years un-conference is focused on Food and Traditional Knowledge
Our goals are to create an interactive space for everyone involved, to learn and engage with traditional knowledge and the idea of food as a central point for cultural storytelling.
We want to both engage the audience with new ideas and to provide a space for individuals to network and facilitate potential collaborations between people working in the food justice field in the Front Range area.
9:00 – 10:00am : Coffee and Networking
Food Rescue Alliance
The Food Rescue Alliance is a coalition of food rescue organizations building movement and power together to create innovative healthy food access across Colorado and beyond. This is a welcome to the Forward Food Summit.
10:30am: Anti-Oppression Workshop
Indigenous Self-Determination and Holistic Reclamation of Traditional Food Practices: From our seeds to our return to the earth, how have settler-colonialism and capitalism impacted diet, health, and agricultural relationships in communities dispossessed of their homelands and freedom? This conversation will touch on the roots of health disparities affecting indigenous communities that have informed the dangerous patenting of indigenous peoples’ genetic material, as well as that of our traditional plants.
11:20am: Morning Performance and Break
Will Koster: Will Koster from local bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival performs a song on the dobro about pie.
11:30am: Speaking Up: Our Stories, Our Communities, Our Radical Solutions
Mia Ramirez, The Colorado Trust and Michelle Larkins, PPCC
In this two-part workshop Mia and Michelle engage participants in the act of storytelling to examine:
- What are the lies we are telling ourselves and our communities? (stock stories)
- What are our stories that get silenced in the dominant culture? (concealed stories)
- Where are our examples of resilience and resistance? (resistance stories)
- What story do we want to write for the future of our communities? (counter stories)
We know that storytelling and narratives are an important way that communities and cultures pass tradition, knowledges, and make meaning out of current events. However, dominant narratives can also be used to silence, cover-up, or only tell a partial ‘truth’. We want to give conference participants the time and space to share out both the oppressive, and transformativeaspects of stories. We will end with ideas and a practical tool-kit you can take back to your organizations/communities for how to use storytelling projects as radical praxis.
I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent’s tongue – my woman’s voice, my sexual voice, my poet’s voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.”
― Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Lunch will be catered by Comal Heritage Food Incubator. Each of the talented cooks have prepared a dish from their past, their family, or their culture. During lunch each cook will take a few minutes to explain the dish she prepared, and share the story of that dish.
1:30pm: Food Rescue Alliance: More opportunities to get involved
1:45pm: Traditional Storytelling Circle: The Indigenous Perspective on food and our stories
Doug Goodfeather, Lakota Way Healing Center
2:15pm: Afternoon Performance and Break
Montbello Group, Members of the Montbello community perform a sketch on food access in their neighborhood.
2:30pm: Refugees from Burma tell their stories of farming in Colorado
Food Stories Across Borders
Supa and December, Project Worthmore
Project Worthmore is a nonprofit organization in Aurora, Colorado dedicated to restoring worth to the 30,000 refugees living the Denver area. Among other things, they operate a full dental clinic, hold English learning classes, and are a No Cost Grocery Program partner with Denver Food Rescue. In 2017, Project Worthmore will partner with Denver Urban Gardens to operate DeLaney Community Farm. The five-acre urban farm will be a place for refugees to access healthy food, build community, and continue traditional farming practices. (Waiting for real description)
3:00pm: Food Knowledge Between Generations
Neambe Leadon, Doris Jeffries, Libya and Selasia Leadonvita, Harriet and Sadie Boonen, Brittni Hernandez
What do we learn from each other about food? In this session we will explore a variance of ways that different communities pass knowledge to each other through food. We will hear from grandparents and grandchildren about what they teach each other, in order to explore cultural and generational knowledge passing.
4:00pm: Break and Performance
4:15pm: Looking Forward and Tying in
Youth Team, Colorado Springs Food Rescue
How do we continue to build resilient and nourished communities in changing physical and political climates? This activity will engage the audience in building futures together, so we can all walk away with next steps and actions. Youth from Colorado Springs Food Rescue give us hope for the future!