Farm to Community Conference

May 2, 2014 - Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!


Double Tree by Hilton in Green Tree

500 Mansfield Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15205


8:30 am - 4:00 pm (registration begins at 7:30 am)



Act 48 and SNAPa credits will be available. Continuing Education Units will also be available for the following:

Early Childhood Education (PQAS)
Certified Public Health Educator (CPH)
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
American Dietetic Association (CPE)

Registration - just $35 includes continental breakfast, lunch, keynotes and workshops!

   To register, click here! 

Please join us to discuss how we can make fresh food available to everyone in western Pennsylvania - by connecting schools with local farms, providing access to fresh food in underserved rural and urban communities, and supporting local farmers.

Keynote Speakers: 

Mr. Doug Davis: Food Service Director, Burlington School District, VT

 Doug resides on a farm in North Ferrisburg, Vermont, with his wife and children. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and is currently the Director of Food Service for the Burlington School Food Project in the city of Burlington, Vermont. Doug co-chairs the Food Service Directors Association of Vermont buying co-operative, serves on SNA's Public Policy and Legislation Committee, is past President of SNA-VT and was a ten year board member of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. Doug has been working in child nutrition programs for over 20 years and has been actively involved in the Farm 2 School movement for over 10 years.


Mr. Ron Finley: The Ron Finley Project


Armed with a shovel, some soil and seeds, Ron Finley has come to be known as the “renegade gardener,” and his unexpected tactics have made him one of L.A.’s most widely known activists. Frustrated by his community’s lack of access to fresh, organic food, Finley inadvertently started a revolution when he turned the parkway in front of his South Central L.A. home into an edible garden in 2010. When the city cited him for his plantings, Finley started a bureaucratic battle, gathering signatures and working with local officials until city ordinances were altered to include edibles.

Ron’s goal was simple; bring healthy food to an area where there was none. Ron decided he did not want to live in a food prison anymore so he began to plant his own food. This simple logic inspired Ron’s mission to turn food prisons into food forests. With so much momentum behind him, he began to focus his energy on The Ron Finley Project, which aims to ignite a horticultural revolution worldwide. Finley now speaks at global conferences and in classrooms regularly, spreading his gardening gospel wherever he’s invited.


Workshops: For a full list of topics, click here