Brooklyn Food Conference








Join NAMA at this fantastic event which expects to bring 5,000 people. We’ll be speaking on two panels so please stop in and say hi! 



“The seafood in our food system – Who Fishes Matters”

The ocean has fed us for millennia, but we rarely think about its health, who catches our seafood, how far it travels, and who benefits from it when we discuss healthy food systems. We’ll discuss challenges facing fishing communities in their quest to leave the smallest footprint on the ocean while building strong economies, communities, and food systems.

MODERATOR: Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer, Food and Water Watch


Brett Tolley: Organizer, NAMA. In addition to bringing four generations of fishing heritage to NAMA, Brett brings his community organizing experience having worked with immigrant and low-income communities in Brooklyn and elsewhere on housing, immigration, workers rights, and social justice. 

Phil Karlin: Fisherman. Phil is a small-scale commercial fishermen from Mattituck, NY and founder of PE and DD Seafood bringing locally caught seafood to NY area Greenmarkets every week using a scale of fishing operation that fits the marine environment he fishes in.

Jimmy Carbone: Restaurant Owner, Jimmy’s No. 43. Jimmy is a co-founder of The Good Beer Seal and owner of Jimmy’s No. 43, a bar and restaurant in the East Village featuring handcrafted beers on draught and a seasonal, greenmarket menu including seafood. 

Time: 3:30-4:45PM

Where: 5W24


PANEL 2: 12:30-1:45PM

“The People’s Struggle for Food Sovereignty, from Global to Local”

Panelists will discuss examples of food worker struggles from various sectors of the food system. They will explore what food sovereignty means from the perspective of farmers, fishers, and food chain workers. Panelists will also highlight current actions taking place both at the grassroots and international scene, and how folks can plug-in to take action in support of food sovereignty.  

MODERATOR: Kathy Ozer, Director, National Family Farm Coalition


Diana Robinson: Campaign Coordinator, Food Chain Workers Alliance

John Kinsman: Diary Farmer, Lime Ridge Wisconsin. National Family Farmer Coalition.

Brett Tolley: Organizer, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

Carla Garcia: Peasant Organizer, Garifuna community of Honduras.

Time: 12:30-1:45PM

Where: 5W12


Everyone is invited to attend this FREE conference and to participate in the many opportunities available. Over 5000 people are expected from every neighborhood in Brooklyn and beyond to attend. The 2012 Brooklyn Food Conference aims to make real changes in the food system. Folks will learn how to build a local food system that provides healthy, affordable food for all our people, supports sustainable practices and justice for food workers across the food chain.

The first Brooklyn Food Conference in 2009 galvanized over 3,000 adults and 500 youth from all five boroughs and New York State. The successful mobilization of so many enthusiastic food activists prompted the birth of the Brooklyn Food Coalition: a grassroots community-based organization that works on food justice issues in Brooklyn. The Coalition now has branches in 10 Brooklyn neighborhoods and active members and committees working on issues from food workers rights, healthy food access for all, school food improvement (particularly in low income communities), sustainable food systems and more.

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