Wollman Hall at The New School (66 West 12th St., 5th Fl., Manhattan)

How do we build stronger foodsheds where urban buyers and close-by farmers and producers can connect and thrive? How do we implement new market relationships to change food systems at the local, regional, andultimately at the national level?

The New School, Edible Manhattan and GrowNYC/Greenmarket present an afternoon of panel discussions and group conversations where experts, practitioners, scholars, and concerned citizens get together to explore these urgent issues including:

* Liz Carollo, publicity manager, Greenmarket/GrowNYC
* Mary Cleaver, founder/president, The Cleaver Company
* Jacques Gautier, chef and owner, Palo Santo Restaurant
* Gary Giberson, founder/president, Sustainable Fare
* Jim Hyland, co-founder, Farm 2 Table Co-packers and president, Winter Sun Farms
* Zaid Kurdieh, farmer, Norwich Meadow Farms
* Peter Miller, farmer Coordinator, NY Metro, Organic Valley
* John Moore, vice president, Dallis Brothers Coffee

Moderated by Shayna Cohen, Wholesale Greenmarket Specialist, GrowNYC; Brian Halweil, editor, Edible East End and publisher of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn; and Fabio Parasecoli, associate professor and coordinator, New School Food Studies Program.

The sessions will be followed by a keynote address by Carolyn Dimitri, New York University visiting professor and senior economist at the USDA Economic Research Service.

Refreshments will be served.