Conference tours will take place on Wednesday, May 18th. All tours will conclude at the Athens Farmers Market hosted at local craft brewery Creature Comforts Brewing Co. taproom (workshop excluded). 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 ($50)
This tour will highlight the intersection between the Athens education system and the local agricultural scene. All tour stops are run by either the University of Georgia or Clarke County Education system. Throughout the day, you will see how these programs are addressing local challenges in the areas of food production, food access, and food waste. This tour will conclude at the Athens Farmer’s Market at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Athens Farm and Local Food Systems Tour – full day ($77)
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. This tour will conclude at the Athens Farmer’s Market at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. where attendees can enjoy live music, fresh produce, a tour of the brewery, and a local brew.
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. This tour will conclude at the Athens Farmer’s Market at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. where attendees can enjoy live music, fresh produce, a tour of the brewery, and a local brew.
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 background of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The group will learn about growing practices and agritourism at a local fruit orchard, discover how milk gets from the cows to store shelves at a dairy, and explore the aging caves and vineyards of a local winery. The cost of the tour will include farm-fresh snacks at each stop, a wine tasting, and lunch. The tour will wrap up at the Athens Farmer’s Market at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
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 senses—experiencing 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.