Food Day Youth Summit Comes to the North Country Oct. 24

The North Country's first-ever Food Day Youth Summit is hosted by GardenShare and slated for Oct. 24 at SUNY Potsdam in Potsdam, N.Y.

Food Day is a nationwide event that aims to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day will showcase activities around the country that encourage Americans to “eat real” and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way.

On Food Day in the North Country, GardenShare will bring together high school students from around the region for a day of dynamic presentations, interactive workshops, discussions, and networking to explore themes that include:
  • Enjoying healthy food, creating healthy diets.
  • Considering alternatives in local agriculture.
  • Ending hunger, making food affordable.
  • Understanding our food system.
  • Curbing junk-food marketing to kids.

Better Farm will also have a table at the event; where students can learn about internship opportunities, upcoming events, and the ways we're trying to promote sustainability and local eating through our on-site garden and herb beds and community outreach initiatives.

This one-day event will be held on the campus of SUNY Potsdam. There is no fee to attend, but preregistration is required. Scholarships made possible by GardenShare's friends and sponsors are available to assist schools with the cost of transportation and substitute teachers.

As the North Country coordinator for Food Day 2011, GardenShare is partnering with the Health Initiative to organize the Food Day Youth Summit.

To register your school and for more information, click here. E-mail your questions to or call GardenShare at (315) 261-8054.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.