Past Events

Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

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NAMA will be speaking at the Center for Earth Ethics in NYC on Saturday November 13. We will explore what development is truly for, reviewing the trajectory of fisheries policy, discussing the implications and consequences of the conventional use of "economic efficiency" and thinking together about the ways a quadruple-bottom line approach can help create a better global system.

We stand at a turning point in the direction of the United Nations' development agenda that reflects a larger shift in consciousness about how we measure a successful life and community. 2015 provides real opportunities to shift from a narrow emphasis on short term economic growth to truly valuing the environment and social dimensions of development as well as the needs of future generations.

In September 2015, a Post 2015 UN development agenda will be adopted, focused on sustainable development goals. Ethical and spiritual perspectives provide guidance for the new measures needed to support a vision of society in which every human being can flourish and be a responsible steward of the natural world.

This course explores what development is truly for, reviewing the trajectory of development policy in the United Nations context, examining the implications and consequences of the conventional use of GDP, and thinking together about the ways that ethical and spiritual traditions can help create a better global system. 

Saratoga Springs, NY


We'll be at the NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region Conference again this year. It brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. If you are there, join NAMA's director Niaz Dorry who will be speaking at the Policy Roundtable discussion and the Thursday night Mix 'N Mingle. For more information, visit the conference website.

Yale University

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During Saturday's Session 3 attendees will hear from Stephanie Webb (Real Good Fish & Bodega Bay Fishermen's Association), Valerie Nelson (Water Alliance), and Amanda Beal (Maine Farmland Trust) about fisheries and decentralized networks such as the Fish Locally Collaborative that are leading the way toward a more just seafood system.

The Yale Food Systems Symposium (YFSS) is a student led, interdisciplinary conference initiated by students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. People in food movements around the world envision a future where our food systems restore degraded ecosystems, mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve community health, and facilitate more equitable economic exchange. Read more...


UMass Amherst, MA








Field to Fork: Building a Research and Action Plan to Improve Labor Conditions in the Massachusetts Food System

Food systems workers have been notably absent from discussions about building a just and sustainable food system in Massachusetts, despite the fact that they are employed in some of the most labor intensive industries in some of the lowest paying jobs. Currently we have only a piecemeal understanding of the issue with information on labor conditions and labor practices spread across a diverse set of workers’ organizations, non-profits, employers and government agencies.

The aim of this one-day conference is to bring together stakeholders including farm owners/employers, farm and retail food workers, farm worker representatives,worker activists, government, and university faculty and students to begin to share what we know about the conditions workers face, and to take the first step in developing a research and action plan to improve labor conditions in the Massachusetts food system.

Rockport, MA - Downtown Rockport

Rockport Fest  sftJoin us for the final Seafood Throwdown of the season! Saturprday October 17th, meet us at the T-Wharf for an afternoon of sizzling entertainment, two local chefs come together to rejuvinate your senses as we celebrate your local resources with you!

Come and watch Chef Jennifer Sanford of Bonnie Bouche Catering go head to head with the chefs of Foreign Affairs Wine Bar & Bistro in this friendly cooking competition. The local Chefs will be under the tent each creating an amazing dish using a Mystery Seafood, combined with local produce and ingredients from the Farmers Market & festival. They will get 1 hour to cook, plate and serve the judges panel and give tastings to the audience.

Taking a front row seat to this friendly cooking competition are the Rockport Town Selectment as Judges.

The Emcee for this event is Spencer Montgomery, he will be delivering all the play by play action along with answering any questions you might have during the cookoff. See you there!

International Culinary Center (ICC) - 462 Broadway (@ Grand st); Manhattan

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NAMA's Brett Tolley will join Sean Dimin, of Sea to Table, to talk with folks about sustainable New England fisheries and the family fishermen that harvest our waters. Joining us will be Chef Daniel Newburg, formerly of Estela and now with his own seafood-based concept company, Joint Venture (, will prepare tastings of local fish — both raw and cooked — paired with local wines selected for the occasion.

Proceeds from this event support the programs of not-for-profit Slow Food NYC, including the Urban Harvest program of good food education for NYC kids in 17 schools in the South Bronx and East Harlem, on the Lower East Side, and in Brooklyn, and at a summer urban farm in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. Every year more than 1,000 Urban Harvest kids learn the importance of good, clean, and fair food to their health, the health of their communities, and the health of the planet.

Tickets: Students - $25 / Slow Food Members - $35 / Non-members $45

Trinity United Methodist Church, 1548 8th St, Des Moines, IA 50314

US Food Sovereignty Prize 2015






In 2015, the US Food Sovereignty Alliance's two Food Sovereignty Prize winners are the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras

The Food Sovereignty Prize spotlights grassroots activists working for a more democratic food system. The honorees are being recognized for promoting food sovereignty by:

  • raising public awareness, organizing on-the-ground action, and/or developing and implementing programs and policies;
  • recognizing the importance of collective action in bringing about social change;
  • building global linkages into their work; and
  • prioritizing the leadership of women, indigenous peoples, people of color, migrant workers and other food providers marginalized by the global food system.

The Food Sovereignty Prize was first awarded in 2009 as an alternative to the World Food Prize founded by “the father of the Green Revolution,” the late Norman Borlaug. While the World Food Prize emphasizes increased production through technology, the Food Sovereignty Prize champions solutions coming from those most impacted by the injustices of the global food system. In honoring those who are taking back their food systems, the Food Sovereignty Prize affirms that nothing short of the true democratization of our food system will enable us to end hunger once and for all.

The Food Sovereignty Prize was developed by the International Links Committee of the Community Food Security Coalition and is awarded by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance.

New Bedford, MA-Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier

xJoin us in New Bedford, America’s largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, see fishermen’s contests, and watch a cooking demonstrations. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.

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Boston, MA - Rose Kennedy Greenway-Milk Street

seafood throwdownThe Boston Local Food Festival is an event that draws 40,000 people. Its all about food, and we are smack dab in the middle of it with our Seafood Throwdown & a Crab Picking/Tasting Demo! This year we are focusing on Women in Fisheries and Food Systems. The Dream Teams are made up of women who fish and are part of the food system. They are Women of Fishing Families out of Chatham MA vs. Women of New England Fish Mongers out of Dover, NH. You don't want to miss this one, Great Gals, Great Cooking, and Great Stories to be told! Each Team will be bringing their own catch of that underutilized, under-loved species. They will introduce to you their Mystery Seafood, then given $25 and 15 minutes to go shopping for local produce from the farm vendors at the festival. As they are preparing their dishes you will get a play by play from the Emcee Laurie Lufkin, an award winning contest cook and cooking show host from Essex, MA. She will keep you abreast of what the chefs are doing, along with hearing from the Judges Panel which is compiled of 5 Women Authors:

  • Diana Rodgers is a Massachusetts-based farmer, nutritionist and author of Homegrown Paleo Cookbook;
  • Hallie Baker a chocolatier owner of Turtle Alley Chocolates in Gloucester and Salem MA, and author of Turtle Truffle Bark!;
  • Heather Atwood  food writer of Gloucester Daily Times and author of In Cod We Trust;
  • Ali Berlow publisher of Edible Vineyard and author of Food Activist Handbook; and, 
  • Leigh Belanger author of Boston Homegrown Cookbook.

Plus an extra added feature immediately after the throwdown! A Crab Picking/Tasting Demo.  Stay and learn about theJonah Crab, and the women who pull this in everyday with their catch.  Meet CHIX WHO FISH and watch the transformation from sea to kitchen; creating a mouth watering treat to pleasure your senses.  

With this All Women Seafood Throwdown you're in for a treat, come spend Sunday afternoon September 20th with us at the Boston Local Food Festival,  sure to be pleased!

See you there...

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