From Seed Bank to Farm to Plate
3 - 9 PM
On the “Global Day of Action” for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, you are invited to join chefs, media, farmers, seed savers, educators, policy makers and consumers in an immersive two-part culinary experience designed to raise awareness of the importance of crop diversity and its connection to healthy soils and resilient, sustainable agricultural systems. Throughout the event, we will showcase what the future of food could be like if we conserve and use the amazing diversity of our foods.
Hosted by the Food Forever Initiative in partnership with Pocono Organics, Rodale Institute, and Food Forever Champions, the Experience will challenge innovative chefs to create dishes using diverse ingredients in the very place they were grown.
In addition to being on the farm, participants will also be the first audience to learn of new research findings presented by Rodale Institute which will use this occasion to announce a global white paper, which looks at the potential of Regenerative Organic Agriculture to reduce emissions and maximize carbon sequestration in soils - as one solution to the climate crisis.
The Food Forever Experience is invite only - for leaders and influencers who can make an impact. Together, we can plant the seed for a better future, and we would be delighted if you can attend.
Please note this is an outdoor/open-air venue where we are limiting the number of guests to allow for ample space for social distancing between groups. Please RSVP as soon as you can, as there are limited spaces.
We understand that we are living in challenging times where travel is severely limited. If you cannot join us in person, we invite you to RSVP for our Digital Experience.
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 7, Bonn, Germany
5:00 Happy Hour - Diverse Drinks & Pace Car ride, Victory Lane/Pit Road at Pocono Raceway
6:30 - Champagne & Rodale Research Announcement, Pocono Organics Farm
6:45 to late - Taste the Future of Food, Farm
During the evening, some of the region's most innovative chefs will be challenged to create delicious dishes using lesser-known ingredients in the very place they were grown. The Experience will take us from the chef's table to the seed bank and many places in between, as we watch chefs transform the weird and wonderful into the extraordinary. We'll taste ingenious dishes featuring crops backed up in the Arctic - inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault – and locally sourced specialties like amaranth and ancient maize, as well as rediscovered foods from around the world, such as chaya, ulluco and more
The Program: On Farm
3:00 - Welcome & Registration
3:30 - On the Right Track: A Solutions Symposium, Pocono Organics Farm
Changemakers gather for a solutions symposium dedicated to driving positive change in our food system
Talks featuring global food influencers and leaders (see list below)
Dive deeper into the challenges and opportunities that food systems are facing when it comes to safeguarding and harnessing the power of agrobiodiversity
5:00 - Happy Hour - Diverse Drinks & Pace Car rides, Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway
6:30 - Rodale Institute Announcement & Champagne Toast
6:45 to late - Taste the Future of Food
The region's most innovative chefs will be challenged to create delicious dishes using lesser-known ingredients in the very place they were grown
Taste ingenious dishes featuring crops backed up in the Arctic - inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
See locally sourced specialties grown at Pocono Organics like amaranth and ancient maize, as well as rediscovered foods from around the world, such as chaya, ulluco and more
Mingle with global leaders who are actively influencing change in the food system and sustainable agriculture
Speakers & Chefs
Michael & Ally Stebner
Chef & Owner of Local Provisions, Former Director of Culinary Innovation for Sweetgreen
Co-owner and co-chef,
Co-founder of Tender Greens,
Advisor of Cohere
Chief Impact Officer,
Chef & Founder,
Cooking for the Culture
Chef & Owner,
Executive Chef, Pocono Organics and Winner of Food Network’s Chopped
Chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns and the co-founder of Row 7 Seed Company
Founder & President,
Author, activist, & entrepreneur
Burlap & Barrel
Dr. Yichao Rui
Seraphic Group &
Explore our past events and learn more about the important work being undertaken to conserve, use and celebrate the biodiversity of our foods.
This is an exclusive event and capacity is limited so click to register before spaces fill up! Entry is free.
Our collective safety is our number one priority! Rest assured, we are monitoring COVID-19 developments and CDC and government regulations daily. Social distancing measures will be in place and we ask that you please be mindful and respectful of everyone participating in this event.