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Friday, May 17 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Strategies for Advancing The Urban Farming and Local Food Movements

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Programs that support urban farming and local food production have the potential to combine workforce development, entrepreneurship, and community welcoming efforts. These efforts can leverage newcomers' unique skills, increase community well-being, and create economic opportunities. This session will share urban and community farm models and will explore what it takes to make this highly engaging work a reality in your community.

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Molly Hilligoss

Senior Midwest Regional Manager, Welcoming America
Molly is the Senior Midwest Regional Manager at Welcoming America. In her role, she provides technical assistance to community partners and members of the Welcoming Network based in the Midwest.Previously, Molly served as the Social Justice and Advocacy Director for YWCA La Crosse... Read More →

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Ze Xiao

Director, Mayor's Office for New Americans in Salt Lake County
A proud Salt Lake County employee since 2008, Ze’s role is to ensure the economic, social, and civic potentials of Salt Lake County residents with immigrant and refugee background is maximized. By partnering with residents, service providers, and policymakers, the Office for New... Read More →
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Aley S. Kent

Technical Advisor, Food & Agriculture, International Rescue Committee
Ms. Kent joined the IRC in July 2014 as the Technical Advisor for Food Security and Agriculture for US Programs. She launched her community building career working throughout New York City's five boroughs to support market gardening projects, and helped found and manage the East New... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Omni William Penn - Room A - Conference Level