The draft schedule for the 2021 Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival will be available in spring 2021.

In the meantime, check out the schedule from the 2017 event for inspiration on what is to come

Happening all week, March 7-12

Pop-ups of indigenous foods at local restaurants featuring the work of:

Participating restaurants featuring indigenous ingredients include:

Indigenous food products are also available at Willy St Co-op and Native Market.
Food Sovereignty display, courtesy of the UW Geography Department at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery
CHILDCARE NOTE: Due to institutional liability, insurance requirements and associated legal issues, we are unable to provide childcare for this event. We apologize for any difficulty this creates for you, your family, and your community. We WHOLEHEARTEDLY welcome children of all ages and their families to participate in any and all aspects of the program as suits them.

Saturday featured speakers

Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan and Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University will speak on his decolonizing diet project.
Rowen White is Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed cooperative focusing on local seed production and education, based in Nevada City, California. She teaches creative seed training immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs.
Dr. Elizabeth Hoover is Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies, and teaches courses on environmental health and justice in Native communities, indigenous food movements, Native American museum curation, and community engaged research. Her book “From ‘Garden Warriors’ to ‘Good Seeds;’ Indigenizing the Local Food Movement” explores Native American farming and gardening projects around the country: the successes and challenges faced by these organizations, the ways in which participants define and envision concepts like food sovereignty, and importance of heritage seeds.

Tuesday, March 7th

  • Noon workshop Public Kitchen with Kenneth Bailey, Design Studio for Social Intervention, at Art Lofts Lounge, 111 North Francis Street. If kitchens were public like schools or libraries, how would it change social life? Public Kitchen is one of DS4SI’s best known and loved interventions. We will explore its beginnings, discuss how it has been received both nationally and internationally, and consider its future. Kenneth Bailey is an internationally recognized activist and independent scholar based in Boston, USA, DS4SI): an artistic research and development outfit for the improvement of civil society and everyday life situated at the intersections of design thinking and practice, social justice and activism, public art and social practice and civic / popular engagement. DS4SI focuses on social interventions as the means of affecting both formal hierarchical systems like institutions and complex nonlinear systems like cultures. Sponsored by the Art Department, the University Lectures Committee and the Food Studies Network of the Center for Humanities Borghesi Mellon Workshops. Co-sponsors include Design Studies, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, and the Center for Visual Cultures.
  • 7-9pm Screening of Food Sovereignty Shorts, presented by Family Farm Defenders, WUD Cuisine and the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, at Union South Marquis Theater. Discussion afterward moderated by Patty Loew, Bad River Ojibwe and professor at the UW-Department of Life Sciences Communications. Free and open to the public.Indigenous snacks available!
    • Iroquois Creation Story (17min) Nominated for Best Animation at the American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, November 2016
    • Seven Principles of Food Sovereignty (4min)  – Farm Together Now records members of the National Family Coalition in March 2011 in DC as they read the Via Campesina Principles of Food Sovereignty
    • The Meatrix (4min)– animated cartoon about factory farming from GRACE, 2006
    • What do you think about the proposed CAFO? —Mike Wiggins and Mayor Deb Lewis (3 minutes) 2016
    • Moningwanekaaning Minis: Winona LaDuke talks about Food Sovereignty (4min) 2016
    • La Via Campesina in Motion – Food Sovereignty Now (20min) 
    • Protect our Future (30min) – Documentary produced by three Bad River Ojibwe teenagers that examines the spiritual, cultural, and environmental impact of a proposed massive open-pit taconite mine at the headwaters of our tribe’s ancient wild rice beds. The videographer is Jordan Principato, 14-years-old; the writer/narrator is Shania Jackson, 14-years-old; and the music composer is Ahpahnae Thomas, 15-years-old, who created an original score for the documentary.

Wednesday, March 8th

  • 11-2 Indigenous lunch at Slow Food UW’s Cafe, The Crossing
  • 6pm Seed exchange, directly preceding the movie at 7 pm. Sponsored by REAP. Free! Please come even if you don’t have seeds to give away – we have extras!
  • 7-9 Havens Center screening of Seed: The Untold Story, at Union South Marquis Theater, part of the Social Cinema project. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds — worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This documentary follows passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 seed varieties have disappeared. A cadre of 10 agrichemical companies, including Syngenta, Bayer, and Monsanto, controls over two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Farmers and others battle to defend the future of our food. John Peck from Family Farm Defenders will facilitate a discussion following the screening. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 9th

  • 6-9pm Pop-up dinner at Robinia Courtyard, 829 E. Washington Ave.  Advanced ticket required – go to the register tab. Chefs Yazzie, Hart, Jacobs, Baca, Stanley, Cornelius

Smoked Whitefish & Tepary Bean Dip
Buffalo & Cranberry Pemican
Posole 3 Sisters Soup | hominy corn•winter squash•beans•chili
Indigenous Salad | wild rice•amaranth•cholla cactus buds
Roast Duck & Kanastole (Traditional Oneida Cornbread)
Indigenous Pastry Dessert | gluten-free Indigenous “grains” w/ berries

  • 10-1am Late night All Chef’s Takeover at Forequarter. 708 E Johnson St

Friday, March 10th

  • Symposium on Food sovereignty – morning session on CALS campus: Biochemical Sciences Building: BSB 1211

9:30-11:30: Genetic sovereignty: seeds, breeds and wild species, moderated by Dr. Irwin Goldman, Chair, Department of Horticulture, UW-CALS

Julie Dawson, Department of Horticulture, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, on her project working with local chefs

Rowen White, Sierra Seeds Cooperative

Claire Luby, Executive Director, Open Source Seed Initiative

  • Symposium on Food sovereignty and the Law – afternoon session on the Law School campus: UW Law School Room 5246

1-4:30: Food Sovereignty and the Law, organized by Dan Cornelius and moderated by Dr. Steph Tai, UW Law School.

Seed Sovereignty – Rowen White

Tribal Food Code Project — Janie Hipp, JD, LLM , Chickasaw Nation; Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and Law Professor, University of Arkansas

Treaty Rights, Natural Resources & Sovereignty – Dan Cornelius, Oneida Nation, Intertribal Agriculture CouncilNative Market; Jessie Conaway, UW Nelson Institute; Reynaldo Moreles, University of Wisconsin; Martin Reinhardt, Associate Professor, Northern Michigan University; Chris Caldwell, College of Menominee Nation, Sustainable Development Institute

Standing Rock – Elizabeth Hoover, Assistant Professor, Brown University; Brian Yazzie, Chef de Vuisine, The Sioux Chef; Richard Monette, Professor UW-School of Law, Director, Great Lakes Indian Law Center

  • Friday Native Fish Fry, The Crossing, Hosted by WUD Cuisine and featuring native chefs and tribal-caught walleye and whitefish. (advance tickets available, limited seating, reduced rate available – see ticket page for more information)

Saturday, March 11th

  • 9am Welcome Song
  • 9am-12:30. Small Plates “Taste of the Tribes” Brunch, organized by the Intertribal Agriculture Council and WUD Cuisine at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID). Advance ticket is required.

9am: Seeds, Sovereignty and Building for the Future – Rowen White

Karlos Baca (Navajo/Southern Ute) – Taste of Native Cuisine; Kaavivagü | trout•blue corn•bear root•smoked ramps•pine needle syrup

Tashia Hart (Red Lake) – The Sioux Chef; 3 Sisters Cookie | white corn•squash•maple syrup•squash•cranberries

Ben Jacobs (Osage) – Tocabe; Pecan Kanuchi | amaranth microgreens•wild rice•squash

Kristina Stanley (Red Cliff) – Brown Rice & Honey; Mesquite Gnocchi | black walnut syrup & sage glaze

Brian Yazzie (Navajo) – The Sioux Chef; Roasted Squash & Braised Rabbit Soup | tepary beans•Native pesto

noon: Food Sovereignty Today – Dr. Elizabeth Hoover

  • 2:30 Hominy demonstration at the Ginger Root, Union South
  • 3-9 organizations and displays at Union South Varsity 3

Rowan White – seed cleaning and seed art

Tashia Hart – culinary ethnobotany

Kevin Finney – Lifeways Institute, tools demonstration

Patty Lovera – Food and Water Watch

Partick Hickey – Worker Rights Center

Native Market – vending indigenous foods

Oneida Tsyunhehkw^ – hominy white corn demonstration

Roger Williams – Food, Faith and Farming Network

John Peck – Family Farm Defenders

Matt Hipsher – traditional fishing tools

Tommy Enwright – Wisconsin Farmers Union

Department of Geography – Food Sovereignty display

UW Arboretum – Earth Partnership Indigenous Arts & Sciences

Supercharge Superfood

Saturday afternoon concurrent sessions, first breakout:

  • 1-2:30 Food Sovereignty and the Wisconsin Idea at WID’s DeLuca Room. Organized by Family Farm Defenders and UW Department of Horticulture. Moderated by Elizabeth Tryon, UW Morgridge Center

Amber Canto, Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) State Coordinator for UW Extension.

Jim Goodman, organic dairy/beef farmer (Northwoods Farm, Wonewoc, WI) and Family Farm Defenders board member
Amber Marlow, extension director at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College near Hayward, Wisconsin.

Curt Meine, Senior fellow, Leopold Foundation and the Center for Humans and Nature.

  • 1-2:30 Food Sovereignty sessions at Union South

Monica White, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences – on access and ownership in the Detroit metro region

Daniel Smith, The Farm Center, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on access and ownership in Wisconsin

Paul DeMain, Intertribal Agriculture Council, on Tribal access and ownership

Steve Ventura, UW-Soil Sciences Department, on creative approaches to land tenure

  • Northwoods Room: Health and Food Sovereignty, moderated by Martin Reinhardt, Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University

Memorial for Jeff Metoxen, Director of Oneida Nation’s Tsyunhehkwa

Starlyn Tourtillott, Attorney for Menominee Nation

Dr. Katie Cannon, Anishinaabe, White Earth Nation, psychiatrist and advisor to the Native American Center for Health Professions

    • 5th Quarter Room: Labor and Food Sovereignty, moderated by Dr. Michael Bell, Deparment of Community and Environmental Sociology and Director, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Alexia Kulwiec, School for Workers, UW Extension

Lupe Gonzalo, Coalition of Immokalee Workers with translation by Yaissy Solis, Student/Farmworker Alliance

Saturday afternoon concurrent sessions, second breakout:

  • 3-5 Food Sovereignty in Dane County at WID’s DeLuca Room. This is an open space discussion to explore what is happening and what we want to see happen in our region regarding food sovereignty, organized by Family Farm Defenders. Community food system leaders will be available for discussion on specific topics. Confirmed are Dan Cornelius, Intertribal Agriculture Council, who will facilitate discussion on food access; Patrick Hickey, Director of the Workers Rights Center, who will facilitate a breakout group on fair labor issues in our regional food/farm system; and Brian Standing, Senior Planner for Dane County, who will facilitate a breakout group on government initiatives to promote food sovereignty; Roger Williams with Food Faith and Farming will facilitate a breakout on the role of faith; Olivia Parry, Dane County Planning, on food justice. Others TBA.
  • 3-5 Food Sovereignty sessions at Union South
    • Industry room: Cuisine of This Place, moderated by Jessie Conaway, Earth Partnership at UW-Madison Arboretum, and organized by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Ben Jacobs, Tocabe, Denver CO.

Guy Reiter and Marcus Grignon, Menominee Food Sovereignty assessment, traditional subsistance, culture and cuisine, and the  Back Forty Mine.

Karlos Baca, Ute Nation, founded Taste of Native Cuisine in 2011 and is head chef at Dunton Hot Springs resort in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. Classically trained in French and Japanese cooking traditions, he is also an expert forest forager and works with indigenous chefs to provide wild foods to tribes in the Four Corners region.

5th Quarter room: Leadership for Food Sovereignty, organized by Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Patty Loew, Department of Life Sciences Communication & School of Human Ecology – Act 31 and teaching as leadership development

Howard B. Rosing, Midwest Knowledge Mobilization Network, DePaul University, on teaching food justice through activist learning

Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food and Water Watch (Washington, DC) and Family Farm Defenders board member

Varsity 3 room: displays and booths to visit

Saturday evening program

  • 5-8 Family Farm Defender Banquet, Union South Varsity Hall

5-6 informal reception at the Sett, Union South

6-7 Welcome from Joel Greeno, President, Family Farm Defenders, dinner (advanced ticket required)

Oneida Traditional Corn Soup | hominy corn•smoked pork•beans
Mixed Greens Salad | wild rice•dried cranberries•sunflower sprouts
Braised Bison | Indian corn polenta•roasted vegetables
Wild Rice Pudding | chia seeds•squash•maple syrup•walnut frosting

7pm  John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize Awards, presented by Jim Goodman and Patty Lovera, Selection Committee, Family Farm Defenders

7:30pm  “Decolonizing Our Diet”, Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan. He is an Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. He teaches courses in American Indian education, tribal law and government, and sociology. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University, where his doctoral research focused on Indian education and the law with a special focus on treaty educational provisions.

Sunday, March 12th

  • 8-10 Family Farm Defenders annual member meeting, DeJope Center
  • 9-11 Campus Landscape Tour, organized by Wunk Sheek (meet at Memorial Union and hike through campus to the DeJope Center)
  • 11-noon Fire and brunch, DeJope Center (brunch is pay-as-you-go)
  • noon Chef’s Panel

Tashia Hart and Brian Yazzie from the Sioux Chef in Minneapolis

Ben Jacobs,  Tocabe in Denver

Karlos Baca, Taste of Native Cuisine, Dunton Hot Springs, CO

Kristina Stanley, Brown Rice and Honey

  • 1pm Traveling song