FSLN Gathering



2022 FSLN Gatherings

*opportunities to connect, learn, and grow as a network*

**UPDATE**

Given concerns around our ability to offer a highly accessible and COVID safe event this summer, the FSLN backbone team and Gathering Design Team have decided to scale back the June Gathering and offer additional opportunities in Fall 2022 and Fall 2023 for peer connection and learning. 


FSLN Vision and Strategy Event: June 2022 (in-person)

In lieu of a large event in June, the FSLN and Design Team will coalesce a smaller group of 60-75 FSLN members for in-person FSLN strategy sessions from June 6-9 in Canby, Oregon at the Canby Grove Retreat Center.

There’s great momentum towards building more equitable and resilient local food systems across the country and in order for the FSLN to be an effective support network for food systems leaders, we need this time in June to gather, strategize, and brainstorm on how to best serve fellow network members and the movement as a whole. In order to create an event that is reflective of the diversity of ideas, geographies, and people within this network, we ask that you please complete an application expressing your interest in attending this smaller, strategic event. 

If you are excited about influencing the future of the FSLN, we invite you to apply by March 28 to join us for 3 days of strategic planning and sensemaking.

Together, we will:

  • Strategize and envision how the FSLN can be the most effective vehicle for change – shaping network strategies & activities for the next 3 years.
  • Take stock of where the food movement is and what’s needed to advance our collective work
  • Deepen relationships and learning across network members and attendees

The FSLN Vision and Strategy Event is being designed in partnership with the Gathering’s Design Team of FSLN members:

  • LaShauna Austria, Community Food Strategies (NC)
  • Arlo Bush, Sustainable Food Center (TX)
  • Laura Brown, Local Food Hub (VA)
  • Eowyn Corral, Dakota Rural Action (SD)
  • Miles Gordon, Kitchen Table Consulting (CA)
  • Amyrose Foll, Spotted Pig Holler, Inc (VA)
  • Rachael Reichenbach, Resist Reimagine (AL)
  • Lindsey Lunsford, Tuskegee University (AL)
  • Tyson Rasor, Ecotrust (OR)
  • Sabrina Cerquera, Ecotrust (OR)

FSLN Virtual Gathering: Fall 2022 (online)

The second opportunity will be a virtual event in the Fall of 2022 for all FSLN members to learn, connect, and share their hopes and ideas for the network. This will be a free one-day, online event. During this event, we will:

  • Share the outputs of the in-person Event and brainstorm with members on the direction of the network
  • Create space to have big picture conversations around the state of the food system
  • Facilitate peer-learning and connecting

FSLN National Gathering: Fall 2023 (in-person)

The third event will be in the Fall of 2023 and we anticipate this being a large, in-person convening of FSLN members that is more in line with a “traditional” conference — think the Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network Conference. Location and date are TBD. This event will have space for:

  • Relationship building, connecting, and networking
  • Technical assistance and topical training
  • Peer learning, skill-sharing, and troubleshooting

We thank you all for your patience and support as we balance a trifecta of safety concerns, staff bandwidth, and community needs. We miss being all together but are excited to create several spaces to be in community with each other, make sense of where the food movement is, and strategize about how this network of leaders—YOU all!–can collectively work towards transformation.

Questions? Reach out to Ellie at ellie.bomstein@winrock.org

In the meantime, check out the video of our time together in New Orleans to get a sense of the energy we’re bringing with us to Canby, OR and future FSLN gathering spaces!