FFX Pocono:

Racing to Safeguard Agrobiodiversity

Pocono Organics Farm 
September 25th, 2020
3PM-9PM

The Experience

From Seed Bank to Farm to Plate
25 September
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. 

 
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The Program

Food Forever  

Platz der Vereinten Nationen 7, Bonn, Germany

www.food4ever.org

  • 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 

 
Ingredients

20+

Speakers

15

Chefs

10

Mission

1

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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

 

Digital speaker

Speakers & Chefs 

In-person participation 

Dig Deeper

Michael & Ally Stebner 

Chef & Owner of Local Provisions, Former Director of Culinary Innovation for Sweetgreen

Kiki Aranita

Co-owner and co-chef,

Poi Dog

Jeff Moyer

CEO,

Rodale Institute

Erik Oberholtzer

Co-founder of Tender Greens,

Advisor of Cohere

Birgit Cameron

Managing Director,

Patagonia Provisions

*Digital Speaker 

Jeff Tkach

Chief Impact Officer,

Rodale Institute

Elijah Milligan

Chef & Founder,

Cooking for the Culture 

Ange Branca

Chef & Owner,

Saté Kampar

Lindsay McClain

Executive Chef, Pocono Organics and Winner of Food Network’s Chopped

Dan Barber

Chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns and the co-founder of Row 7 Seed Company

*Digital Speaker 

Ashley Walsh

Founder & President, 

Pocono Organics

Judy Wicks

Author, activist, & entrepreneur

Wen-Jay Ying

Founder,

Local Roots

Partners

 

Ethan Frisch

Co-founder,

Burlap & Barrel 

Dr. Yichao Rui

Soil Scientist,

Rodale Institute

Zach Bush

Founder,

Seraphic Group &
Farmers Footprint

*Digital Speaker 

Explore our past events and learn more about the important work being undertaken to conserve, use and celebrate the biodiversity of our foods.

RSVP

Join us!
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. 

 

Food Forever  

Platz der Vereinten Nationen 7 53113 Bonn, German

+49 (0) 228 85427 122

www.food4ever.org

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Pocono Organics 

1015 Long Pond Road, Long Pond, PA 18334

(570) 646-1100

www.poconoorganics.com

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