Yale Food System Symposium

Cultivating A Resilient Food Future

February 23-26, 2021


Day Three Panels and Discussions

Growing Resilience Along the Coast

Feb 25 | 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

From seaweed farming to oyster cultivation, the coasts are among the world’s most dynamic and vital regions of food production. Yet, coastlines today face unprecedented challenges from rising sea levels, increasing population pressures, and global climate change. During the panel, we’ll hear from growers, scientists, activists, and business leaders on the frontlines of ocean food production to explore how these innovators are growing resilience along the coast.


Anoushka Concepcion
Assistant Extension Educator for Marine Aquaculture
Connecticut Sea Grant

Dune Lankard
Founder and CEO
Native Conservancy

Steve Malinowski
Fishers Island Oyster Farm

Jennifer Howard
Senior Director, Blue Carbon Program
Conservation International

Panel 3 Debrief

Feb 25 | 6:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Farmland Access

Feb 25 | 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Farmland Access: the Roles of Policy, Creative Financing, and New Possibilities of Land Ownership

Finding secure access to farmland is the number one barrier facing the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Land dispossession and inequities in land access as well as high agricultural land prices have resulted in significant barriers to establishing new farms across the United States, particularly for farmers of color. At the same time, the average age of farmers is increasing, and farmland is transitioning to new owners. How can young producers, particularly in Connecticut, access farmland and technical assistance? How might new policies support alternative models of land ownership and stewardship? In this panel, learn about the national landscape of farmland access for young farmers from policy advocates and land access technical assistance providers, as well as the state of agricultural land conservation in Connecticut. Farmer Susan Mitchell will share the story of her farm and the creative financing solutions that allowed her to purchase farmland in Columbia, CT.


Holly Rippon-Butler
Land Campaign Director
National Young Farmers Coalition

Megan Browning
Database & Relationships Manager
Agrarian Trust

Chelsea Gazillo
Working Lands Alliance Director
American Farmland Trust

Susan Mitchell
Cloverleigh Farm

Panel 4 Debrief

Feb 25 | 7:45 PM – 8:00 PM

Day 1

Cooking Workshop

Day 2

Panels and Discussion

Day 3

Panels and Discussion

Day 4

Panel and Closing Workshop

Mission Statement

"The purpose of resilience is not to build the capacity to endure more harm. We build resilience to be more skillful in confronting the systems that have harmed us.”

These words, from Dignity and Power Now, inspire and ground this symposium. This conference seeks to explore the tensions between the food system that already exists and how we can build a more justice-, human-, and earth-oriented food system. We will bring together visionaries, painting the picture of what it means to build a food system that is resilient to human and natural disruptions and also oriented towards access to sustaining, culturally appropriate food for all.

Thank you to our sponsors!