SMARTer Together: June 17th
Working Farms Fund: Taking Action for Georgia's Local Food
Over the last few decades, America’s local farms have been disappearing at an alarming rate. High costs, low margins, increasing consolidation, and aging farmers have put our food supply in a precarious position. Please join The Conservation Fund and a panel of partners from its Working Farms Fund to discuss the plight of the Georgia farm and proposed solutions for a healthier, more equitable and resilient food system.
The webinar will feature:
Robin Chanin, Co-founder and Executive Director, Global Growers Network
Robin Chanin is the co-founder and executive director of Global Growers Network, a Georgia-based organization that partners with people from diverse cultures to grow fresh food for their families and for local marketplaces. Robin is also a founding board member of the Common Market Southeast, a mission-driven food hub, and serves on the leadership/advisory committees of the FIELD Network to support land-based farmer training and Southern SARE to support sustainable agriculture research and education. When not working in support of regional food systems and regenerative agriculture systems, Robin spends as much time outdoors as possible to garden, hike, paddle, sail, and always in search of delicious foods.
Keith Kelly, Owner of Kelly Products
Keith opened for business as a small manufacturing facility in Covington, Georgia in 1992. Kelly Products has morphed into a regional agricultural empire, employing 200 people across a dozen companies, supplying customers, businesses and government with a broad range of products and services.
Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University
Ciannat is the Associate Vice President of Resilience, Sustainability and Economic Inclusion for Emory University and Emory Healthcare, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor. Ciannat founded Emory’s first Office of Sustainability Initiatives in 2006 before assuming her current role, where she manages an enterprise-wide effort to ensure that Emory’s actions and policies support environmental, social, and economic systems. She is a frequent regional and national speaker on sustainability issues, and, for four years, was named a “Georgia Super Lawyer” by Atlanta magazine.
Demetrius Milling, Assistant Farm Manager, Love is Love Farm
Demetrius is the Assistant Farm Manager at Love is Love Farm, where he supports team management, crop planning and day-to-day operations. In 2014, Demetrius began his farming career at Brightside Farm, another urban farm in Atlanta. He then earned an Associate Degree in Horticulture at Gwinnett Technical College, where he managed the on-campus farm—growing, selling, and donating food to the Lawrenceville community. Demetrius now serves on the boards of the Dekalb/Rockdale County Farm Bureau, Georgia Farm Bureau Vegetable Advisory Committee and the Gwinnett Technical College Horticulture Program.
Stacy Funderburke, Working Farms Fund Program Lead and Regional Counsel
The Conservation Fund Stacy joined The Conservation Fund in 2012 and provides legal counsel for real estate transactions and works on land conservation efforts in Georgia and Alabama. Stacy works with local, state and federal agencies on their conservation priorities in Georgia and Alabama. Additionally, he works closely with a variety of government, business and local partners to expand parks and greenspace, and protect at-risk farmland in the metro Atlanta area. He also serves on the City of Atlanta Green Infrastructure Task Force.