Food for Thought

The ideas, values, culture and history of food in Connecticut forge powerful connections between individuals within and across communities.

Throughout 2013, our Food for Thought initiative is helping to strengthen those connections with enriching conversations around food. Join us to explore important issues such as food justice, sustainability, local agriculture and food history. Discover ways that we can work as communities and as a state towards a brighter future by making more informed decisions around food and food systems.

Explore below to find a Food for Thought program near you. For more information, please contact Amanda Roy (860.685.7599).


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These moderated discussions start with quick presentations by guest educators, activists and practitioners followed by an invitation for you to join in on the conversation, too. Bring your questions and concerns, take part in brainstorming solutions and discover ways you can be involved in creating change. Community Conversations are a great opportunity to network with neighbors and with community resources available to you.

These programs are free but space is limited. For reservations or additional information, please contact Amanda Roy (860.685.7599).

Cultivating Food Justice

Do all people at all times have access to enough nutritious food for a healthy life in Connecticut? How does our state or our community address the issue of food access and security for all? Engage in a vibrant discussion around food access and security in your own community and find out how you can impact change.

New Haven, coming soon!

Growing Local Roots

How does local agriculture impact the cultural, economic and educational landscape of our community? Farms and farmers provide food for our communities and  contribute to the local economy. Join an enlightened conversation about the work being done on local farms and the relationship between you and your local farmers.

Wallingford, July 30, 6:30pm-8pm, Wallingford Public Library More… [maxbutton id=”1″]
Goshen, October 24, 6pm-7:30pm, Goshen Public Library More… [maxbutton id=”1″]
Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, coming soon!

Growing Urban Roots

What is the impact of community gardening? How does urban farming change the economic, educational and cultural landscape of a community? Join an enlightened conversation about urban agriculture and the relationship between you and Hartford’s own farms.

Featured Speakers:
H. Charmaine Craig, Community Outreach Director, Knox Parks Foundation
Jim Gooch, Executive Director, Connecticut Farmland Trust

Hartford, June 19, 5pm-7pm, Knox Parks Foundation More…  [maxbutton id=”1″]




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Pull up a seat at the table to discuss how we can create a more sustainable food system in our communities. Featured guests will guide meaningful conversation around how we can introduce sustainable practices into our own homes and activities.

Ticket prices vary by location and all include sustainable appetizers featuring food from local farms and food sources.

New Haven, Miya’s Sushi  (This is event is over.)


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These scholar-led discussions dig deep into food-related themes through literature and film.

These program are free but space is limited. Books are available at the host location for loan in advance. For reservations or additional information, please contact Amanda Roy (860.685.7599).



Food Stamped
Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system. Discussion follows.

Wallingford, Wallingford Public Library. (This event is over.)

Rocky Hill, August 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Cora Belden Library.  More… [maxbutton id=”1″]



More book discussions coming soon!



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Coming Soon!

Explore the history, culture, activism and business of food in Connecticut through contributed articles from local experts in Connecticut EATS, an online magazine brought to you by CT Humanities. Everything from Mark Twain’s love of Connecticut River Shad, the lifestyle of Connecticut locavores, to urban agriculture happening in Connecticut will be discussed through this online resource coming soon to


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