Speaker Series: Solution Seekers

Mondays at 6:30 pm at The Green Table NYC

The daunting problems plaguing our current food system require fierce solution seekers. Join us for three evenings featuring visionaries in the food, farming and social justice movements. These powerhouse leaders will share how they are driving change, inviting you to personally participate in the transformation of our food system.

Monday, March 19, 6:30 pm: Hilary Corsun

Monday, April 9, 6:30 pm: Ora Wise

Monday, May 14th, 6:30 pm: Amani Olugbala

Tickets are $35, thanks to the generous support of our event sponsors. Your ticket includes dinner served family-style as well as wine/cider. Mary Cleaver’s restaurant The Green Table in Chelsea Market serves as an intimate venue for these engaging dining experiences, presented by Glynwood.

Photo by Capers Rumph

Monday, March 19: Hilary Corsun

Hilary Corsun has been involved in food and agriculture in the Hudson Valley since 2006. Hilary coordinated a wide array of projects at Hawthorne Valley Farm and Association for five years, including business planning, grant writing, marketing, and construction. Hilary has been farming since 2012 and now co-owns and operates Dog Wood Farm and Rock City Mushrooms in Old Chatham, NY. Together with a great team, the farm produces grass-fed beef, pastured chickens and Thanksgiving turkeys, and indoor-cultivated mushrooms. In 2014, Hilary founded Good Food Farmers Network in collaboration with other farmers. Good Food Farmers is committed to holistic, regenerative farming practices and seeks to expand markets for small-scale and beginning farmers anchored by more experienced growers. This food delivery enterprise seeks to keep more of the retail dollar in the hands of farmers while offering customers greater flexibility and a wider selection of local, sustainably produced foods. It was purposefully designed to be replicable across farming communities. Hilary and her partner Sara live on their farm with a motley crew of dogs – Harry, Tate, and Scout.

Purchase tickets for March 19 with Hilary Corsun

Ora Wise is enthralled by food because it is the intersection of culture and nature, past and present, mind and body.  Growing, preparing, and serving food, we act as translators, collaborators, magicians. Ora’s work as a chef is tightly linked with her role as producer/organizer, focusing on the role food systems play in oppression as well as the crucial role the transformation of these systems plays in liberation and survival. For over 3 years Ora was the head chef of  Harvest & Revel, an all women and GLBT catering company based in Brooklyn. Wise now serves as the Director of Food Programs for the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, facilitating the production of a community food hub (workshops, cafe, pop ups, outdoor market) with urban farmers, grassroots social justice organizers, and chefs using food to create change in their communities.  Wise is also collaborating with women chefs and farmers in Puerto Rico on several projects focused on strengthening the sustainable food movement there, as well as building a more knowledgeable and accountable solidarity movement in the States.  

Purchase tickets for April 9 with Ora Wise


Monday, May 14th: Amani Olugbala

The Assistant Program Director at Soul Fire Farm, Amani is a storyteller who weaves music, film, speech and poem into art that highlights social injustice, honors the ancestors and demands for change. This, in an effort to uplift the spirits of the marginalized and promote love and service as necessary acts of rebellion against isolation and disconnection. An artist, farmer, educator and community organizer Amani uses artistic expression, urban agriculture and social awareness to impact change and foster a sense of empathy and inter-being in local urban communities. Amani started out at Soul Fire Farm as a participant and later facilitator of the Black and Latino Farmers Immersion.

Purchase tickets for May 14 with Amani Olugbala