Tomorrow is *officially* the first day of fall (I have mixed feelings about this.)  I’m heading up to Sacramento with my UC ANR colleague Rachel Surls – she’s the co-author of From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles – for the Inaugural #FarmTank #FoodTank summit. The speaker list is long…and impressive. I’m excited!

About the #FarmTank event

Food Tank – in partnership with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Farm-to-Fork Program and University of California Davis – is sponsoring the event. It promises to be a wonderful learning and networking experience in California’s capital city.

#FarmTank will feature more than three dozen thought leaders (and I don’t use this term lightly) who will speak on a range of critical food and agricultural issues. Everything from food transparency, to infrastructure, to technology, to sustainable protein. The event also features interactive panels moderated by prominent food journalists…and lots of opportunities for networking.

Among those speaking Thursday at #FarmTank are Food Tank’s Danielle Nierenberg, Michiel Bakker (Google), Michael Dimock from Roots of Change, Navina Khanna (HEAL), Robert Egger (L.A. Kitchen), Mary Kimball (Center for Land-Based Learning) and Nicolette Hahn Niman (author of Defending Beef). 

Friday is all about getting into the field: site visits and hands-on activities that focus on things like ag and environmental conservation, urban farming and youth engagement. Some participants will get to be a farmer for the day.

To learn more about Sacramento, which touts itself as the nation’s Farm-to-Fork capital, read this UC Food Observer piece by Teresa O’Connor.


How you can take part

#FarmTank is sold out, but Thursday’s program will be live streamed beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The UC Food Observer will provide live coverage of the event; check our Twitter feed and look for a post early next week about the people I’ve met and the things I’m learning…

Have a great day!