Food and Cultural Events Around the World

Here’s a motley, but facinating, collection of events that I’ve discovered taking place around the world related to food, culture, sustainability.  If you see any missing, send me a message, and I’ll add the event to this page.

Food – great guide to events happening where you are – very extensive!  – A fundraiser on May 18th for a very worthy event.  Please check out if you are in NYC.


François-Rabelais University, Tours, France and the European Institute of the History and Cultures of Food, Tours, France organize its Seventh European Summer University  in Tours, France
30 August to
6 September 2009 :
Paradigm shifts, approaches and theories in the social sciences
 The 2009
European Summer University will tackle a fundamental topic that touches upon the very core of scientific research in food: the theories, methods, and approaches. Because of the multiple recent innovations, questionings and contributions, this topic has become extremely important. Hence, to the study of the history and culture of food, multidisciplinarity is obligatory. However, this richness has led to doubting the identity, methods, approaches and aim of this new field. This has become more pressing in recent years because of the amplification of disciplines that convene in food studies. The European Summer University presents renowned experts who will teach and discuss turns that occurred in sociology, history, ethnology, literary studies, media studies and archaeology, in order to explore the many roads of food studies

If interested, email Marie-Claude Piochon : to receive the programme and the registration form.



Henry Ford, Colonial Kitchens, and the Performance of National Identity
Dr. Abigail Carroll

Through literature, art, and most importantly, the Wayside Inn Hostess Diaries, Dr. Carroll will explore colonial revival kitchens, in particular Henry Ford’s “Old Kitchen” at the Wayside Inn, not merely as historical spaces where early twentieth-century tourists learned about pre-industrial life, but as theatrical spaces in which visitors performed notions of American identity.




1) London Yields: Urban Agriculture exhibition

The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT

9 April – 30 May 2009


This exhibition demonstrates various methods by which food production can be incorporated into the urban environment at both an industrial and domestic level. It hopes to raise public awareness of our increasingly fragile relationship with the food on which we rely on and the method of bringing it to our table.


For more information, visit:



Access to Nature funding


Access to Nature is a £25 million grant scheme to encourage people from all backgrounds to understand, access and enjoy our natural environment.


For more information, visit



Free Food Growing Gardening Sessions

Beckton Community Centre

14 East Ham Manor Way E6 5NG


Newham Food Partnership is organising these free session open to all who want to get growing and get accredited. The workshops will run on Tuesdays from 21st April – June 10 am – 1pm at Beckton Community Centre


For more information contact Buvana Ailoo, or call 0208 522 2587

or Steve Bynon 0208 522 2407



Spring permaculture courses in Tottenham Marshes

18th & 19th April ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ weekend

25th-29th May & 22nd-26th June ‘Full Permaclture Design Course’


Both courses organized by Naturewise in collaboration with Friends of Tottenham Marshes.

For further information or register contact, email




Vegetable landrace survey – Can you help?


The Universities of Birmingham & Warwick, with funding from Defra, are carrying out a survey of traditional vegetable varieties grown in England and Wales because of their historical and cultural value, but also to conserve the full range of diversity of the UK´s crop plants.


If you are a grower of traditional vegetable varieties and would like to contribute to this survey, follow the link below to complete the survey online:


or contact Shelagh Kell, 01297 678117



Registration is now online for the 3rd National Conference on Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education, July 15-17, 2009

The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) is proud to announce our 3rd National Conference held at Iowa State University.  Come join us in the heartland to learn about key issues of the sustainable agriculture education research and practice community!

 Students and faculty in the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, in cooperation with Marshalltown Community College and Michigan State University, have organized three days of cutting-edge, participatory-based programming.  

 Conference participants will have the opportunity to lead in-depth discussions, share experiences, and exchange resources in a variety of thematic topics, including:

          ·     Teaching and Learning for Sustainable Outcomes,

·     Sustainable Agriculture Programming,

·     Facilitating Social Change and Community Development, and

·     Exploring Opportunities and Challenges within the Institution.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit local learning farms. 

Regional food, art, and lively music will be featured throughout the meeting, concluding with an Iowa-styled supper!


To support the Marshalltown Community College Entrepreneurial Agriculture Program’s GLove Project, we request that participants bring new work gloves of any size or type.

These will be distributed to local farm workers and immigrant horticultural workers.  

To register online, please visit

hey everyone!

we are holding an event at bluestockings this thursday at 7pm. we’ll talk a bit about why csas are important, food deserts, etc. and then be answering any questions you have about the group we’ve created (going by the name NYC Food Project–includes the CSA as well as other projects we’ll be working on such as workshops and rooftop/community gardening).

PLEASE come out. bring all your friends! whether or not you actually plan on joining the CSA, it’ll make me feel better to be at least presenting to a group of friends rather than an empty room !!

we’ll also have the CSA applications, so those of you that are wanting
to get a share of the CSA should come. if you can’t make it but would
still like an application or more information, contact me.

we’ve also started a wordpress blog:
to be added to the nycfoodproject listserv, email me directly :
and show your support by joining us on facebook:

about the nyc food project:
we are a group of food justice and urban agriculture activists working
to ensure that people of all walks of life have access to fresh,
nutritious, and environmentally-sound food. as part of this mission,
we run a CSA (community supported agriculture group) in the Lower East Side, and are pursuing several urban ag initiatives including rooftop and backyard gardens, and ultimately an upstate CNG farm. we believe in reconnecting people with their food sources, empowering them through their eating decisions and ability to grow food, and improving the health of all people of NYC. we support local and sustainable agriculture both within and outside of the city.

we are resolutely opposed to any form of racism, sexism, classism,
homophobia, and hold ourselves in opposition to capitalism and all
other forms of oppression. we believe in an egalitarian and ecological
society and culture, and the actualization of that through our works
and through solidarity with other radical organizations and activists
around the world.






  1. I love your info!

    Thanks you .

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