A reminder that at 6pm tomorrow, Thursday, September 9th at the Greenburgh Town Hall (177 Hillside Avenue in Greenburgh, NY 10607), we have invited three panelists with expertise who will help guide a conversation about establishing a community food market in the Fairview section of Greenburgh. All are welcome. The discussion will be helpful to those in other parts of Westchester County who are considering or who have considered getting involved in starting a food cooperative.
This forum is in person following COVID guidelines (face masks, social distancing). Please sit two seats apart if you are not in the same household. We will have monitors to help with social distancing. To attend by Zoom, please click here: https://bit.ly/fairviewforum
Please take a look at the bios of our panelists:
Jonathan Brown joined the Pace Law faculty in 2016. Professor Brown is the founder and director of the school’s Food and Beverage Law Clinic, which launched in January 2017. The Food and Beverage Law Clinic provides transactional legal services to small- and medium-sized farms, food and beverage entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations seeking to improve our food system. The Clinic’s legal services help clients expand access to local, healthy food in underserved communities, start or expand mission-driven business ventures, steward the preservation and transitioning of farmland for future generations of farmers, and implement innovative and sustainable production, processing, and distribution practices.
Prior to joining the Pace faculty, Professor Brown was a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Eugene Ludwig/Robert M. Cover Fellow in Law at Yale Law School, where he co-taught the Community and Economic Development Clinic. There, he represented community-based organizations seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility, including affordable housing developers, community development banks, farms and farmer’s markets, and neighborhood associations. Previously, Brown was a senior associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, in New York. There, he primarily represented lenders and borrowers in large corporate finance transactions, and also represented not-for-profit organizations on corporate matters.
Professor Brown serves on the board of the Northeastern Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), New York’s leading non‐profit organization providing programs and services to promote sustainable, local organic food and farming.
As Policy Director of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives, Mo Manklang leads policy efforts at the federal level, works with its membership on state and local initiatives, and heads up health benefits initiatives. She has been convening people in cooperatives and social impact for the past twelve years in a variety of roles, including five years with local news and events group Generocity.org. Mo is a founding board member of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, the Media and Marketing Committee of the Kensington Community Food Co-op, the Policy Committee of the Sustainable Business Network. She is also the co-founder and organizer of The Bechdel Test Fest, an annual festival highlighting women and transgender comedians in Philadelphia.
Michael Brennan started the Federation of Ohio River Cooperatives (FORC) in 1979. The federation grew from 10 consumer food co-ops to over 100. He worked with federations of coops throughout the USA, including NEFCO, the New England Federation of Co-ops, and DANCE, the Distribution Alliance of North Country Cooperatives. He also worked on setting up worker owned cooperatives as well.
This discussion will also be recorded and should be accessible via Zoom.