2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) will host the 2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, from June 11 to 13. The event includes keynotes, a grower panel, 40 presentations, a reception with more than 30 posters, a choice of off-site educational tours, and dinner at The Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, a unique 261-acre university facility for teaching, research, and community engagement.

This symposium will bring together a national and international audience of academic, non-profit, government, and research-oriented professionals. Join 250 like-minded people to share and gain knowledge on how to build coalitions to adapt to this changing world and how urban food systems contribute to these solutions.

Keynote Presentations and General Sessions Include: (see more details)

  • Keynote Presentation: Let’s Get Dirty – Cultivating Collaboration, Policy, and Resiliency in Cities by Qiana Mickie, Executive Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Urban Agriculture
  • General Session: The Intersection of Climate Change and Urban Agriculture by Trent Ford, a climate scientist at the Illinois State Water Survey and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/ Illinois State Climatologist, and Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia
  • General Session: Urban Grower Panel by Jerry Hebron, co-founder of the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, a member of the USDA Innovative Production Committee, a member of the state Farm Service Agency committee, and the Director of the Detroit Cultivator Community Land Trust; Vincent Peterson, President and CEO of VIGEO GARDENS; and Amanda Stanfield, owner/operator of Richland County’s only urban homestead farm – GrowFourth Urban Farm
  • Capstone Presentation: Urban Farmers – A Great Benefit is Coming Our Way: A Mid Tunnel Climate Smart Growing System by Reverend Dr. Carl P. Wallace, chief operating officer of Abundant Life Farm (a non-profit entity in Akron) and serves as one of the 12 federal advisors to the Secretary of Agriculture for Urban and Innovative Agriculture Committee

Register now and book your hotel room! Registration prices increase on May 25, and hotel reservations close on May 21.

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