Food Summit Features Indigenous Food Festival, Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities

Apr 12, 2022
Founders Hall wide angle
Cal Poly Humboldt’s Food Summit 2022 is underway, with many opportunities to volunteer and learn about food systems and sustainability.

View the full list of Food Summit events here. 

A virtual keynote speech by Naima Penniman from Soul Fire Farm will take place Tuesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Penniman serves as the farm’s program director, where she equips a returning generation of Black, Brown, and Indigenous farmers with the skills needed to reclaim leadership in the food system and chart dignified futures in relationship to land. Register for the keynote here. 

Join Oh SNAP!, the Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence, and the Office of Sustainability at the Bayside Park Farm (930 Old Arcata Road, Arcata) for volunteer drop-in hours, Friday, April 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers will likely work on a combination of planting, prepping beds, and turning compost piles, and will hear about Umoja’s Black to the Land program and connect with other students interested in learning about farming, gardening, and food production. Bring good shoes and gloves as desired. 

The Food Sovereignty Lab & Cultural Workspace will host an Indigenous Foods Festival on Saturday, April 16 at its Behavioral & Social Sciences building site. The festival begins at 11 a.m. and features Indigenous organizations, food producers, food vendors, hands-on activities, music, speakers, discussion panels, and more. 

Participants in the Medicinal Properties of Plants workshop will be introduced to herbalism in an Indigenous-facing modality on Tuesday, April 19, 12-1:30 p.m. in BSS 408. Evie Ferriera and Karley Rojas will discuss the history of herbalism, touch upon herbal energetics and actions, and discuss food as medicine. They will focus on specific plant species that are accessible with which participants can start forming a relationship, and have a hands-on activity preparing elixirs. Participants will receive their own elixir sample to take home, and a recipe card. 

A prerequisite for this workshop is the 'Gathering for Indigenous Empowerment' Workshop. If you did not participate in the prerequisite workshop, please complete the activity and assessment (email, Karley Rojas, for a link). If you attended the prerequisite, register here. 

Faculty, staff, students, and guests who are accessing campus facilities at any university location must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot if eligible. Any unvaccinated student, staff, or faculty member with an approved exemption must be tested weekly for COVID-19. Guests must follow the campus visitor policy, which can be viewed here. Wearing face masks on the Cal Poly Humboldt campus is optional but encouraged.