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Tours and Workshop

Conference tours will take place on Wednesday, May 18th. Transportation will be provided back to the Georgia Center for tour attendees in time for the conference Opening Reception that evening.

How Local Education and Food Systems Collaborate – full day ($40)

During this tour guests will explore and work alongside campus gardens and hunger relief programs as they address local challenges in the areas of food production, access, and waste. If you’re interested in learning about strategies for implementing and sustaining student-led programs, connecting your institution to the greater community, and getting active while doing it then this tour is for you! We will visit three campus gardens, one K-12 school garden, and hear from hunger relief programs on campus. This tour will include a bit of walking and getting your hands dirty!

Athens Farm and Local Food Systems Tour – full day ($70)

Join us for a tour through four sustainable agricultural sites to explore the local food system from soil to plate, including stops at animal and produce farms, a co-op, and a CSA hub. Tour includes breakfast, a farm-to-table lunch, and transportation.

**FULL (registration closed)** Atlanta Food Justice Tour – full day ($105)

This tour invites visitors to experience the pulse of Atlanta’s growing food justice movement through the lens of local Black and Brown food activists, educators, producers, and growers. This immersive learning tour will begin in Athens and take attendees to 3-4 metro Atlanta food sites with a focus on cultivating connections between land accessibility, intersectionality, and agro-cultural resilience. Specific site locations will be released at a later date. A locally sourced lunch and a transdisciplinary discussion will also be featured on this tour’s menu.

North Georgia Food Tour and Tastings – full day ($105)

This all-day tour will explore the diverse and delicious offerings of North Georgia agriculture, set to the This all-day adventure will explore the beautiful and delicious offerings of Georgia agriculture and cuisine, set to the background of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The tour will explore current agricultural growing practices in the foothills, as well as the rich history and diversity of food and agritourism across the rolling landscape of northern Georgia. With orchards, dairies, vineyards, distilleries, and an abundance of local farms, this region has something for everyone! The cost of the tour will include visits to several farms, a wine tasting, and lunch. 

A Cook’s Tour of Athens: Connecting Food, Culture, and History ($20)

During this tour, we will only range two miles from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, yet we will explore vivid intersections of Athens food, culture, and history using our sensesexperiencing historical places and tasting historical foods.*  This discussion-based tour will touch on some timely topics, yet our goal is not to resolve the issues we discuss.  Rather, the true purpose of the tour is to teach the participants how to explore the historical culinary traditions of their own hometowns, embracing foodways for learning, inspiration, and discourse.

*While the foods selected are all suitable for vegetarians, not all are vegan.  To ensure authenticity of the historical recipes, special diets cannot be accommodated.  

Arts and Food Systems Workshop – 90 minute session, on campus ($13)

This workshop will provide conference participants with a way to discover connections, boundaries, and preconceptions through creative activities. The goal of the workshop is to promote informal engagement and create a structure for sharing disciplinary perspectives. Participants will work together in small group settings to creatively map and arrange a provided set of terms and phrases related to sustainable food systems. Participants will be prompted to identify both meaningful connections and tensions in meaning among the concepts, and to visually represent those relationships by employing montage and annotation. In-progress feedback will be provided by other participant groups, and at the conclusion of the activity the facilitators will lead a group discussion and reflection about methods of collaboration and instances of openness and resistance to engagement encountered during the process.