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Leah Penniman, Co-Director & Program Manager of Soul Fire Farm and author of the upcoming book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, available in early November

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Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer who has been tending the soil for twenty years and organizing for an anti-racist food system for fifteen years. She began with the Food Project in Boston, Massachusetts, and went on to work at Farm School in Athol, Massachusetts, and Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, Massachusetts. She cofounded Youth Grow urban farm in Worcester, Massachusetts. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works to dismantle racism in the food system through a low cost fresh food delivery service for people living under food apartheid, training programs for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous aspiring farmer-activists, Uprooting Racism training for food justice leaders, and regional-national-international coalition building between farmers of color advocating for policy shifts and reparations. She has dedicated her life’s work to racial justice in the food system and has been recognized by the Soros Equality Fellowship, NYSHealth Emerging Innovator Awards, The Andrew Goodman Foundation Hidden Heroes Award, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, New Tech Network National Teaching Award, Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (New York finalist), among others. She has contributed to two published volumes, authored numerous online articles, and given dozens of public talks on the subject.

Northeast Organic Seed Conference

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NOFA-NY's 2019 Winter Conference will host the Second Biennial Northeast Organic Seed Conference, featuring 12 in-depth seed saving and plant breeding workshops for beginners and experts alike. Join us to share regional seed stories and traditions with other growers, exchange seeds at the seed swap, and build seed sovereignty and seed security for your community.

Sponsor or Advertise at the Winter Conference

We have many opportunities for sponsorship, advertising, and exhibiting at our Winter Conference! Click the button below to become a conference sponsor, reserve a tradeshow booth, or purchase print or web advertising.

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A print-friendly version of our offerings is available here. For any questions and to secure your space, please contact Valerie Burba at (315) 988-4000 x510 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The conference will be held at the Saratoga Springs Hilton and City Center.


The conference is held at The Saratoga Hilton & City Center 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 • 888-866-3591 • 518-584-4000 •

Driving: From Albany exit 24 of the NYS Thruway, take I-87 north to Saratoga Springs exits 14 or 15.

Air: Albany International Airport (ALB)

Train: Amtrak offers direct service to Saratoga Springs. 

Bus: Greyhound, Adirondack Trailways and Pine Hill Trailways service Saratoga Springs.


More information on lodging, conference tracks, and speakers will be available when registration opens this fall - stay tuned!