From Soil to City

The Good Fest Mini Conference

May 21, 2017 at Berg’n Beer Hall, 11-4pm
Soil to Soul: How Food and Farms Nourish
Tickets found here.

This year’s conference theme focuses on how food is medicine: from the ways soil health affects our body to cooking techniques that enhance a food’s nutrition. Check back for more details on workshops, vendors for our marketplace, and testimonials from previous years.

The Good Fest Mini Conference is ideal for anyone who is interested in building a deeper connection with food. The workshops are designed in a way to encourage group discussion and to create a space that is informal and fun for participants to meet other like-minded people. We select topics we believe are necessary and unique to the food and agriculture and are concepts that inspire the work at Local Roots NYC for the upcoming year.

Soil Health and Body Health
Culinary Techniques for Optimal Nutrition
Soil to City: An open conversation between eaters and Local Roots NYC farmers. How can we support each other to build a healthier food system we are proud of? In what ways can we create stronger connections and nourish each other’s lives?

Farmer Zach Wolf
Chef and Nutritionist Richard Lamarita

Past 2016 Conference: Mindful Agriculture
Learn, Meet Other Local Food Lovers, and Celebrate 5 Years of Local Roots NYC on May 15th!

We believe that anyone who eats food plays an important part in our food system, which is why The Good Festival is a unique mini conference that engages New Yorkers of varying culinary and food studies backgrounds to have a closer connection with their food and to collaborate on ways to build an authentic and mindful food system in NYC.  Whether you simply love to eat good food or you’re an aspiring farmer, we look forward to sharing ideas with you. You’ll walk away creative cooking skills, knowledge of farming, a closer relationship with your farmers, and of course, some new, cool friends.

2016 The Good Festival Workshops
Soil and Somatic Experience: Building Trust and Intuitive Management Skills
Farm to Hearth: Local Herbs Are The Heart to WellBeing
Following the Growth of a Peach Tree
Soul to City: Vignettes into a Farmer’s Life
Sustainable Cooking Techniques: Cooking from stem to leaf in a timely way
Soil to City: How Can We Create Deeper Connections Between Eaters in the City With Their Food and Farmers
Building A Branded Community on Instagram: Enhancing Food’s Natural Beauty
Skill Share: Caring For Your Worm Bin, Perfecting Pie Dough

Read more about our workshops and keynote speaker Farmer Zach Wolf.

You’ll be able to purchase small batch provisions at our marketplace from our family of producers, like jam from Anarchy in a Jar, all natural beauty products from Bloomsbury Sq, and Mediterranean Za’atar Spread from Zesty Z. Read up about the producers and get your taste buds drooling.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door.

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If you’re a farmer, farm apprentice, or student send us an email to [email protected] with subject title “Good Festival Farm Code” for a discount code.

We are offering a few complimentary tickets for a work swap  – email [email protected] with subject title “Good Festival Work Share” if interested.


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Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn

We are so honored to have our Good Festival for the second year in a row at Threes Brewing, a bar, restaurant, and performance space in Gowanus. Select workshops and skill sharing will be held in their beautiful outdoor garden as well as their indoor venue.

There will be coffee and pastries available for purchase at their in house cafe, 9th Street Espresso and we encourage you to grab a bite to eat and a local brew at their bar throughout the conference.

Photos from past festivals found here.

Thank you to our sponsor Threes Brewing for being a wonderful host to this mini conference and our Gowanus CSA location.

We’ve collaborated with Denik and local artist Lindsey Jones to offer conference participants complimentary Good Festival notebooks. You can check out other artwork by Lindsey by following @lindsfrances

Workshops will be facilitated to encourage collaborative learning by Etsy.Org, a school that builds regenerative entrepreneurship through a compassionate economy. Thank you to our media sponsors who are huge proponents of the local food system: Heritage Radio, Edible Manhattan, and Ugly Produce is Beautiful. Heritage Radio will be recording select sessions for podcast listening.

To help cover the costs of our farmers to come down to the city, you can purchase a “Honey Bee” ticket for $5 more that will get you a goodie bag with items from Seeds of Change and Gotham Greens with raffle items from that include products from Badger BalmBhakti Chai, Especially Puglia, Short Stacked as well as Cathy Erway’s new cookbook and Brooklyn Grange‘s new book The Farm on the Roof.

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