Yale Food System Symposium

Cultivating A Resilient Food Future

February 23-26, 2021


Day Four Workshop and Discussion

Community-Based Initiatives for a Resilient Food System in New Haven

Feb 26 | 10:00 - 11:15 AM

This panel features organizations and individuals working to create a more equitable and resilient food system in New Haven, with a particular emphasis on community-led and community-informed initiatives. It will explore what resilience means for New Haven, how different players at varying scales are collaborating to get there, and the role of community members in effecting change.


Sumiya Khan
Program Manager
Sanctuary Kitchen at CitySeed

Kimberly Acosta
Food Policy Analyst
City of New Haven Food System Policy Division

Dishuan Harris
CEO/Urban Farmer, Root Life
CEO/Chief Editor, Root Life Organic Media
Garden Manager, Armory Community Garden
Agriculture Educator, ConnCat

Anthony Barroso
Semilla Collective

Tagan Engel

Resident Fellow, Center for Business and the Environment at Yale
Founder & Producer, The Table Underground

Closing Workshop: Posters for Change

Feb 26 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Led by Jen Bloomer

Jen Bloomer is an artist, facilitator and the founder of Radici Studios in San Francisco. For the past two decades, she has painted and taught art in Guatemala, India, Italy, Colorado, Eritrea, Thailand, Kenya and California. Jen has a BA in Latin American Studies, a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting, and a Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. She has created art with people aged 1 to 81 giving space for them to find their unique creative voice in the world through the arts. Jen’s own activist art can be seen in local murals, at marches for social justice across the country, and across social media. Her work has been shown internationally by Amplifier Art, and is included in the Library of Congress archive. Jen is a white woman married to an Eritrean/Italian man with whom she is raising mixed race children. She believes that the intersection of creativity, connection and community holds the answer to our personal and collective healing.

Thank you to the Yale Center for Business and the Environment for sponsoring this workshop!

Symposium "Digestion Sessions"

Feb 26 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Join these small group conversations to talk about what you’ve learned this week and what you plan to take with you from the conference. “Digestion Sessions” are organized by topic, and we invite you to bring observations and learnings from conference events, as well as reflections from your own experiences. Feel free to bring a beverage or snack to nibble on as you chat!

Session A | 3:00 - 3:30 PM

1A - Farmer Resilience
2A - Climate Resilience

Session B | 3:30 - 4:00 PM

1B - Supply Chain Resilience
2B - Community Resilience

Day 1


Day 2

and Discussion

Day 3

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!