Hosted at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, this ticketed event gives ample attention to markets and trauma in the one session featuring two individuals who navigated post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans: Darlene Wolnik and Richard McCarthy.
Navigating Disaster: How local food system agility revives and comforts community and the economy after natural disasters (Exact Time & Date TBD) The Summit provides a unique networking opportunity for direct agricultural market practitioners to form new partnerships and learn new business strategies that can improve the performance of their farms and businesses. I am delighted to reconnect with longtime collaborator, Darlene Wolnik, for this session. With cascading natural disasters increasingly the norm, it is imperative to learn from local food system intermediaries that have responded swiftly and creatively to restart commerce amidst chaos. Tents, umbrellas, the introduction of Disaster SNAP all contribute to restoring a sense of normalcy and agency among communities afflicted by trauma. Learn from civil society, governmental and for-profit collaboratives to deputize leaders in marginal communities of producers and consumers, deliver mental health help, and restore economic activity far ahead of the brick and mortar economy. Examples include: Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Japan.