2020 Program and Speakers

2020 Invited Speakers

Henk de Zeeuw – Keynote Speaker – Thursday, June 4 Morning plenary
Henk de Zeeuw holds a BSc in land and water management (Arnhem, 1968) and an MSc in Rural Sociology and Planning (Agricultural University Wageningen, 1975). He worked as an agriculture and rural development specialist in the International Agricultural Centre (IAC) in Wageningen, the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation (DGIS) and the advisory organisation ETC Foundation, Leusden, the Netherlands. In 1998 he initiated the International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) that became an independent institution in 2004: the RUAF Foundation. End of 2014 he stepped down as CEO of the RUAF Foundation but continues as senior advisor to the RUAF international secretariat in Leusden, The Netherlands (www.ruaf.org). He coordinated major international programs like “Cities Farming for the Future” and “From Seed to Table” that both operated in 20 cities in 17 countries. He edited various leading publications on urban agriculture and urban food systems including “Growing Cities, Growing Food; Urban Agriculture on the Policy Agenda” (ZEL, Feldafing, 2000) and “Cities and Agriculture; Developing resilient urban food systems” (Earthscan, 2016). 
Elizabeth Mitcham, PhD – Friday, June 5 Morning plenary
Elizabeth Mitcham is director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, a USAID-funded program housed in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis, which advances fruit and vegetable research to support the needs of smallholder farmers in developing countries. As director, Mitcham oversees the program as a whole and is responsible for external relations, strategic planning and financial management. She also serves as a technical resource on horticulture and handling of produce after harvest to reduce postharvest losses. She joined the program as its associate director in 2009 and has served as the program’s director since 2011. Mitcham joined the UC Davis faculty in 1992 as a UC Cooperative Extension specialist. She holds degrees in horticulture from the University of Maryland (Ph.D. and B.S.) and North Carolina State University (M.S.). 
Mark Winne – Dinner Speaker – Thursday, June 4
From 1979 to 2003, Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System (HFS), a private nonprofit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area. Mark was a member of the United States delegation to the 2000 World Conference on Food Security in Rome and is a 2001 recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Plow Honor Award. From 2002 until 2004, Mark was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a position supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Mark currently writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy. Since 2013, Mark has served as a Senior Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future where he works on local and state food policy. His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Hartford Courant, the Boston GlobeThe NationIn These TimesSierra MagazineOrion MagazineSuccessful Farming, Yes! Magazine, and numerous organizational and professional journals. Mark blogs regularly at www.markwinne.com. He is the author of Stand Together or Starve Alone: Unity and Chaos in the U.S. Food Movement (Praeger Press 2018), Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (Beacon Press 2008), and Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture (Beacon Press, 2010). Mark now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.
Becca Jablonski, PhD – Friday, June 5 – Afternoon plenary
Becca Jablonski is an Assistant Professor and Food Systems Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. As part of her position, she facilitates the Colorado Governor’s Food Systems Advisory Council and is a co-leader of Colorado State University’s Food Systems Extension Team. Dr. Jablonski’s research and extension program is comprised of two primary components: 1) evaluating the farm and ranch profitability impacts of sales through non-commodity markets (e.g., local food markets, certification, or other product differentiation strategies); and, 2) assessing the community economic impacts of food system policies, investments, and programs. Dr. Jablonski holds a PhD from Cornell University.
Charles Rice, PhD – Thursday, June 4 – Afternoon plenary
Dr. Rice grew up in Yorkville, Illinois which had a population of about 1,500 people at the time. Throughout the years he became involved in many aspects of 4-H. Rice received his B.S. in Geography from Northern Illinois University. He then completed his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Kentucky. In 1988 Rice joined the Agronomy faculty at K-State. Rice specializes in soil microbiology, carbon cycling, and climate change. His extensive research has allowed him to gain helpful insight in order to help his students. Dr. Rice spends his remaining free time relaxing by doing the things that he enjoys most, reading and gardening.





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