On August 29, The Village’s nonprofit arm, The Village Impacts, launched with it’s first full-scale public event, Farm To Fork SF.
The Village Impacts’ mission is to nurture creative cultures, collaborations, and communities using The Village as a hub, and their kickoff event accomplished just that. Farm To Fork SF brought together some of the top thought leaders in food sustainability and food entrepreneurship for an an event that was part food expo and part conference.
The top floor of The Village was transformed into a sort of indoor farmers’ market with demonstrations and complimentary samples from the Bay Area’s top food and beverage producers.
The ground floor hosted the conference portion of the event with interactive speaker panels on topics like food justice, tech, education, and entrepreneurship, featuring some of the brightest minds in the industry from the Bay Area and beyond. To close out the conference, “gangsta gardener,” Ron Finley, delivered an inspirational keynote presentation addressing how we can take control of own food consumption and production.
To cap off a day of great food, drinks, education, and inspiration, The Village opened its doors for the Farm To Fork SF Afterparty concert. The night featured sets from Bay Area salsa-fusion band, Mobando, local hip hop artist and Farm To Fork SF organizer, AshEl Seasunz, Stic from Dead Prez, and a headlining DJ set from Erykah Badu, AKA DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown.
With a successful inaugural event, The Village Impacts will continue to build from here to bring back an even better Farm To Fork SF next summer.
This just the beginning for The Village Impacts, as they’re organizing fundraiser concerts, workshops, seminars, and other public events, so be on the lookout.