Yale Food System Symposium

Cultivating A Resilient Food Future

February 23-26, 2021


Join us for the 2021 Yale Food Systems Symposium! From February 23 to 26, we’ll be holding virtual panels, workshops, and digestion sessions that cover a range of topics, from seaweed farming to next-generation land access to worker wellbeing in the face of COVID-19. Ultimately, we’ll be asking questions about how we can build a more justice-, human-, and earth-oriented food system. This conference is open to all. We hope to see you there! #yalefood2021

Zoom links are provided upon registration and are always available on the agenda for registered attendees under the drop down menu.

All panels will be recorded and the recordings will be posted in the weeks following the symposium.

Day 1


Day 2

Panels and

Day 3

Panels and

Day 4

Panel and
Closing Workshop



Time (EST)


6:30 – 7:45 PM

Opening Event: Cooking Workshop with Sanctuary Kitchen -  sponsored by CBEY


Time (EST)


5:00 – 6:15 PM

Panel 1: Building Resilient Meat Supply Chains

6:15 – 6:30 PM Panel 1 Debrief
6:30 – 7:45 PM Panel 2: On-Farm Innovation for Resilience
7:45 – 8:00 PM Panel 2 Debrief

Time (EST)


5:00 – 6:15 PM

Panel 3: Growing Resilience Along the Coast

6:15 – 6:30 PM Panel 3 Debrief
6:30 – 7:45 PM Panel 4: Farmland Access: the Roles of Policy, Creative Financing, and New Possibilities of Land Ownership
7:45 – 8:00 PM Panel 4 Debrief

Time (EST)


10:00 – 11:15 AM

Panel 5: Community-Based Initiatives for a Resilient Food System in New Haven

11:15 – 11:30 AM Panel 5 Debrief
2:00 – 3:00 PM Closing Workshop: Posters for Change - sponsored by CBEY
3:00 – 4:00 PM Symposium Digestion Sessions

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!