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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 10:30am - 11:40am
Roundtable: Redefining Farm to Table Full

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The "Farm to Table" movement has the power to create equitable, sustainable wealth in rural and urban communities. To do so requires that it's products be understood not as luxury or "positional" goods, but as a set of resources for building community wealth across demographic boundaries.

Moderators
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Marland Buckner

Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions LLC
Marland Buckner serves as Co-Founder and Principal of MB2 Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm. He serves on the boards of the Richmond, VA chapter of Communities in Schools, the Valentine Museum, and the advisory board of the Washington, DC Coalition of the Homeless. From 2001... Read More →

Speakers
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Bettina Ring

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of the Governor
Governor Ralph S. Northam appointed Bettina Ring in 2018 to serve as the fourth Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this capacity, she supports the Governor’s mission of building a strong Virginia economy in agriculture and forestry, two of... Read More →

Scholars
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Greg Asbed

Cofounder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Greg Asbed, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, is a co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and a principal architect of the Fair Food Program and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model, a breakthrough approach to verifiable corporate accountability recognized by observers... Read More →
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Dominic Barrett

Executive Director, Shalom Farms
Dominic Gibbons Barrett is the Executive Director of Shalom Farms, a nonprofit in Richmond, Virginia focused on working with communities to increase access to healthy food and the support to lead healthy lives. He came to Shalom Farms from Palmetto Project in Charleston, SC where... Read More →
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Duron Chavis

Community Engagement Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Presently Chavis is engaged in coordinating innovative and dynamic initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and food security in a culturally relevant way. Chavis has served as a Clean Air Ambassador on behalf of Earthjustice and the Hip Hop Caucus. He is an alumni of Leadership... Read More →
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Tom McDougall

Founder, 4P Foods
He is the founder of 4P Foods, a Benefit Corporation that works with over 200 local farms, delivering their sustainably produced food to customers in and around DC. The goal is to use food as a tool to create a more equitable, socially just and sustainable food system of tomorrow... Read More →
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Doug Pick

CEO, FeedMore
Douglas “Doug” Pick joined FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, as Chief Executive Officer in November 2012. Under his leadership, FeedMore is focused not only on nourishing the community but also on empowering lives. FeedMore collaborates with hundreds... Read More →
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Sally Schwitters

Executive Director, Tricycle - Urban Ag Culture
Sally comes from a long line of family gardeners, farmers and cooks. She loves the process of growing seed to harvest, and sharing the preparation and celebration of good food with friends and family. For several years she ran programs and events for nonprofits in Northern California... Read More →
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Sam Speedie

Principal, Forth Bridge Associates
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Kristen Suokko

Executive Director, Local Food Hub
Kristen came from the environmental and philanthropic world to become Executive Director of Local Food Hub in 2013. The hub is a non-profit organization that works with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. In addition to managing the aggregation and sale of... Read More →
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Tom Thompson

Associate Dean and Director of Global Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech
Dr. Tom Thompson is Associate Dean and Director of Global Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. He leads the college’s global mission to build partnerships, create opportunities, and serve globally.
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Ellen Moncure Wong

VP of Growth and Development, FoodCorps
For more than two decades, Ellen Moncure Wong has helped connect philanthropic dollars with organizations driving major social and environmental change. Prior to joining FoodCorps, Ellen worked in resource development for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Coro New York Leadership... Read More →

Sponsors
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MB2 Solutions

MB² (MB Squared) is a Washington, DC and Richmond, VA based public policy and domestic strategy firm co-founded by Melody Barnes and Marland Buckner. We deliver value for clients by providing strategic counsel that utilizes our teams’ decades long experience across the public... Read More →




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