THURSDAY, MAR 29, 2018

8:30 AM

Growing Healthy Communities Conference
2nd ANNUAL GROWING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE TO BE HELD MARCH 29th, 2018 AT PHILIP’S ACADEMY IN NEWARK, NJ WHAT: The Growing Healthy Communities Conference—to be held March 29th at Philip’s Academy in Newark—is expected to bring together more than 200 educators, administrators and non-profit leaders and provide them with the tools and resources to initiate social change in order to make our children healthier and stronger through understanding the impact of food choices on their health and the environment. The conference will feature three nationally acclaimed keynote speakers, including Olympic gold medalist, sports commentator, and television host Summer Sanders; America’s Grow-a-Row Founder Chip Paillex; and Tio Gazpacho founder Austin Allan. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from among 18 information-packed workshop sessions on a wide range of topics including School Garden Best Practices; No Garden, No Problem; Building a Road Map for Farm to School Success; Grant Writing 101; Building Community Through Food, and many more. The conference aims to increase the reach and depth of our potential to grow healthy children, families, and neighborhoods, and to combat the growing health crisis fueled by poor nutrition. By understanding food systems, garden-based education, urban agriculture and the nuances of food politics, the conference organizers believe we can adopt better programs throughout our state that will affect positive behavioral change for thousands of schools and communities. The Growing Healthy Communities Conference is presented by EcoSPACES—a renowned food education program from Philip’s Education Partners that teaches where food comes from, and how it nourishes and impacts our world—and Ramapo College a leader in Sustainability education. The conference is sponsored by GreensdoGood, the year-round, indoor hydroponic social enterprise vertical farm based in Hackensack, NJ that will grow and sell high-quality produce to local customers. Growing Healthy Communities is funded in part by a grant from the Special Child Health and Autism Registry, New Jersey Department of Health. REGISTER: Registration is open now, cost is $35 per attendee, and includes breakfast and lunch. Visit for more information and to register. *6 professional development credits for K-12 educators.

Mar. 29, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Philip's Academy Charter School, 342 Central Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07102


Diane Walpole