The conference is presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an alliance of predominately Black urban farmers and gardeners, food activists and allies united in rebuilding our community wealth and health by reconnecting to the land and our traditional roles as agriculturalists and environmental stewards.
Dr. White is Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and President of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.
Ben Burkett is President of the National Family Farm Coalition. Ben managed the Mississippi Indian Springs Farmers Cooperative Association for 16 years. He is a farmer and a community activist who represents NFFC on La Via Campesina Food Sovereignty Comission and is a board member of the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC). He has traveled to Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Zimbabwe with FSC, exchanging knowledge and information with small-scale farmers. He in turn hosted West African honey, rice and vegetable producers who visited the United States to learn irrigation, marketing and packaging techniques from African American farmers.
Together, the conference should be extremely lively and informative. Remember, under the current plans, Americans are expected to one day pay up to 75% of their monthly earnings on food.