30 schools, 230 team members to converge in Potsdam for Food Day Youth Summit Oct. 24
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 6:44 am

Approximately 230 team members from 30 schools across the Adirondack-North Country region will attend the Food Day Youth Summit being sponsored by GardenShare on Oct. 24 at SUNY Potsdam.

Each team will return home having devised a food action project to implement at their school.

Food Day is a nationwide event that aims to change the way Americans eat and think about food. In northern New York, GardenShare and the St. Lawrence Health Initiative have created a day of dynamic presentations and workshops for students in grades 9 through 12.

The summit will focus on enjoying healthy food and creating healthy diets; considering alternatives in local agriculture; ending hunger and making food affordable; wnderstanding the food system; and curbing junk-food marketing to kids.

The day will kick off with a keynote presentation by Mark and Kristin Kimball, whose 500-acre, horse-powered farm in Essex County raises enough vegetables, meat, maple syrup, and grains to feed a hundred “farm members” for a full year. Kristin Kimball has written about their life in the Adirondacks in her acclaimed new book, "The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love."

A variety of workshops will also be offered. "My Food (and How It Got That Way)" will include a film introduction to our global food system. "My Big Farm, My Small Farm" will present a conversation between five high school friends, some of whom live on a large mechanized dairy farm and the others on a small free-range beef farm. "School Gardens from Seed to Salad" will introduce the basics of school gardening. "Junk Food Safari" will teach participants how to examine the claims of food marketers, especially ads aimed at kids. In "Farming by the Foot (Not the Acre)," two young farmers will discuss the benefits of eating food from local small-scale farms. And "Justice or Just Us?" will explore how to make healthy food affordable and available to everyone in our communities.

For more information about GardenShare and the Food Day Youth Summit, visit www.GardenShare.org or "North Country Food Day Youth Summit" on Facebook.