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Back to the Root Gathering

March 17th we will kick off the event with a networking happy hour, a vendor expo, a community dinner, and our Keynote Listening Panel featuring, Roylene Comes at Night and Nicole Johnson. The evening will conclude with games, music, and dancing.

March 18th will kick off with breakfast, and a whole group conversation around regional strategic planning. Over the course of the day, there will be three breakout sessions with topics ranging from Rejuvenation Through Breathing to Bringing BIPOC Farms to Schools, and folks will be able to self-select which sessions they’d like to participate in. The evening will conclude with a community dinner featuring games, music, and dancing.

March 19th participants will venture out on a working farm tour at Horse Neck Farm of Living Well Kent, with catered onsite farm lunch. If you have work gloves & boots, please bring them for the farm tour. Come prepared for the weather, rain or shine! Once participants return from the farm tours there will be another vendor expo and happy hour. The evening will conclude with a community dinner featuring games, music, and dancing.

March 20th will be an optional final wrap-up morning with breakfast, and a whole group visioning session looking for tangible next steps coming out of the gathering, the event will conclude with a farewell lunch.

Black Food Sovereignty Council & Coalition

The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible to us. BFSC is focused on meeting these barriers with creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions. Built on a decade of work of founding members of the Black Food Sovereignty Council and other Black-identified leaders and stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest, the BFSC mission is to ignite Black and brown communities to participate as owners and movement leaders within food systems, placemaking, and economic development.