Do you know about all the upcoming conferences for young people involved in the food movement?  Below is a bit of information about a few that caught our attention.  If you know of others events that we should be aware of, fill us in!

Real Food Summits

2nd Annual Strengthening the Roots Food & Justice Convergence:
February 13 – 15, 2009
Santa Cruz, California
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The Convergence hopes to develop and strengthen networks and encourage collaboration to grow and enhance the sustainable food and fair trade movements.  Join the Real Food community and the energized students involved with United Students for Fair Trade in Santa Cruz for an exciting and inspirational weekend of real work and planning for the future of the movement.

Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit
February 13 – 15, 2009
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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The Southeast Youth Food Activist Summit is the first of its kind in the region, bringing together students and youth activists from throughout the Southeast to strategize and strengthen the youth network in the region for greater accessibility and use in growing movement.

2nd Annual Northeast Real Food Summit
February 21 – 22, 2009
UMass – Amherst, Massachusetts
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The Northeast Real Food Summit was the first of its kind two years ago and is back for round two of conversations, workshops and networking among young food activists including high schoolers, college students, young farmers, chefs, food service directors and faculty.  The Summit is an exciting opportunity to strengthen local and regional networks, dream big and create pragmatic plans for real change now.

Midwest Real Food Summit: Building a Student Coalition for Just and Sustainable Food
March 7 – 8, 2009
Mahrishi University, Fairfield, Iowa
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The Midwest Real Food Summit will students from throughout the region together for coalition building, planning and inspiration to lead the movement forward.  The Summit will bring an eclectic group of students together to collaborate and begin to enact efforts that will contribute to the greater involvement of young people working for food justice here and abroad.

Northwest Real Food Summit
March 19 -21, 2009
Portland, OR
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TThe Real Food revolution is heating up the Northwest this March—watch out! They will be hosting a summit in conjunction with the 4th Annual National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Join  in solidarity for four days of youth empowerment, solutions-based workshops, and action. Their rockin’ youth delegation will meet with allies including farmers, public health advocates, policy-makers, food service providers, farm workers and community activists to discuss our collective work towards a just and sustainable food system. Look for student-run skills training, hands-on learning opportunities, delicious food (of course!), and more. Expect to leave with a support network, new friends, leadership skills, and an action plan.

Powershift 2009:
February 27 – March 2, 2009
Washington, D.C.
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Powershift 2009 will bring 10,000 young people to Washington to hold elected officials accountable for rebuilding our economy and reclaiming our future through bold climate and clean energy policy.  Slow Food will be participating in a workshop called Sustainability and the Fight for Fair Food, in an effort to bring attention to the relationship between climate change and food justice.  The hope is that our presence at the conference will help bring attention to the relationship between the two movements and the importance of working together to create, real, sweeping, change.

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