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The Future of Farming: Reinvesting in Local Food Economies

May 25, 2017 @ 5:30 PM

Where: The Kitchen @ Boston Public Market (100 Hanover Street Boston)
When: May 25th @ 5:30 pm
Registration is here.

As populations grow, our urban areas are tasked with many differing goals: create jobs, grow the economy, but at the same time make the city "greener" and more sustainable for the environment and human well-being. Now more than ever, it’s critical to change what we eat and how it’s made. Food justice, climate change, social impact, and health concerns make food an integral part of our everyday lives. Food entrepreneurs have the opportunity to make a difference beyond our dinner plate. Running a sustainable, local agriculture business requires thinking about sustainability in terms of funding streams and program creation.

Over the past five years, Massachusetts has become the national incubator for innovative business solutions to climate change and social community challenges. Climate Action Business Association has developed a free series of reports, Local Emerging Market Reports (LEMR) to offer a spotlight on what we see as further opportunities for leadership in the transition to an equitable, carbon-free economy. This event is part of our Local Emerging Market Series in which we focus on specific industries to encourage dialogue within the local industry.

Join CABA and Green City Growers for a special panel discussion on the importance of reinvestment into local food community.


5:30 - 6:00 PM Networking

6:00 - 6:30 PM Panelist Introductions

6:30 - 7:15 PM Q&A

7:15 - 7:30 PM Networking

Stay after to explore Boston Public Market!


Greg Watson Director of Policy and Systems Design, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Greg Watson leads the Schumacher Center’s Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network which is working to link small farmers and sustainable farm organizations in both countries to share information and provide mutual support. He served as the 19th Commissioner of Agriculture with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick and also served as Commissioner (1990 to 1993) under then Governors Dukakis and Weld. 
In 2006 The Boston Globe Magazine, cited him as one of 11 "Bostonians Changing the World."

Jesse Banhazl CEO and Founder, Green City Growers

Jessie is the CEO and Founder of Green City Growers, a Somerville based urban farming company specializing in the installation and maintenance of raised bed gardens and rooftop farms. Jessie has managed GCG since inception in 2008 while establishing GCG as the leader in urban agriculture in the Northeast. Jessie was named “…arguably the queen of Boston’s urban ag visionaries” by Stuff magazine. 

Patricia Spence Executive Director, Urban Farming Institute

As a seasoned leader Patricia brings to the table extensive experience in the areas of community engagement, project design, development and implementation; program marketing and promotions; budget preparation, fundraising and administration. Prior to joining the Urban Farming Institute, Pat served as the Community Field & Literacy Coordinator for Boston Public Schools and has worked with numerous non-profits specializing in the areas of the arts, employment and education.

Jennifer Hashley Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Jennifer is a leader in local food systems work focusing on beginning farmer development. Her role at New Entry includes building community partnerships, developing new programs and services, and overseeing incubator training farm site infrastructure and a multi-year sustainable agriculture training curriculum in specialty crops and livestock production for limited resource farmers.