This year, the Domestic Fair Trade Association is hosting a conference with the theme Linking Up: Creating Fair and Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains in order to remind us that there are alternatives to our current food system and to inspire us to truly believe that these alternatives can become the norm. Experts will gather to share concrete strategies and best practices for how all the sectors in our food system can work together to develop a vision for agricultural production that is based on health, sustainability, and justice.
The first day (Thursday) will center on tours highlighting domestic fair trade businesses and organizations in the Atlanta metro area. We will visit Georgia Organics/Turnip Truck, Truly Living Well, and Emory University. Many of our past annual meeting attendees have found these tours to be instrumental in creating new connections and sparking fresh ideas of how to improve local, regional, and national food and agricultural systems.
The second day (Friday) of the conference will include an inspiring keynote speech, 8 educational panels and workshops, and ample opportunities for networking. In the evening, we will host a party to commemorate the winner of our 2nd Annual Domestic Fair Trade Award. The keynote speaker will be Paula Daniels who co-founded Center for Good Food Purchasing who will be able to speak on the role of policy in building a better and more sustainable food system.
Friday will end in a party to celebrate the gathering of farmers, farmworkers, retailers, processors, distributors, and NGOS dedicated to the principles of domestic fair trade for our conference. The party will include delicious local food and drink, a silent auction, and the award ceremony for our 2nd Annual Domestic Fair Trade Award.
We hope you will join us to improve our food system for all involved stakeholders.