Food Day Youth Summit

Food Day Youth Summit

The third biennial North Country Food Day Youth Summit is planned for

October 22, 2015

On the campus of SUNY-Potsdam


The North Country Food Day Youth Summit is a day of workshops, networking and action planning for high school students from across the North Country region on important food issues like diet and health, sustainable agriculture, hunger in our communities, and junk food marketing to kids.


Our 2015 keynote speaker:

Dominic Frongillo made history by becoming the youngest person ever elected to the Town Council in Caroline, New York, and served as one of the youngest Deputy Town Supervisors in New York State. Internationally recognized for his work on clean energy, Frongillo is a five-time delegate to the United Nations climate negotiations, is trained by Vice President Al Gore as Climate Reality Presenter, and served under Governor David Paterson helping create New York's 2050 Climate Action Plan.  In 2012, when fracking for gas threatened the state, Frongillo co-founded Elected Officials to Protect New York, a bipartisan initiative of 850 officials from all 62 counties to keep fracking out of the state, contributing to New York’s 2014 statewide ban on fracking. Currently based in Freiburg, Germany’s Green City, Frongillo serves cities in attracting investment for sustainable development projects with Thomas Daily, and is a director of Black Oak Wind Farm, New York’s first community-owned wind farm.


Workshops to be offered:

Leadership and Change Maker Skills

School Gardens: In the Curriculum, Laboratory, and Cafeteria - Lessons, curriculum, activities, and resources aligned to NYS and Common Core Learning Standards to be used in conjunction with a school garden

Hunger 101: The Challenge of Feeding a Family - This interactive role-playing workshop gives each participant an experience of what it might be like to try to feed your family on a limited budget.   

Junk Food Safari - Food marketers aim to deceive you. Learn to decipher their tricks, find out why it’s legal to lie to you, and what you can do about it.

Beyond Chefs and Farmers - Careers in food and agriculture you may never have thought of!

 Snack Attack - This hands on workshop will help you redesign your snacks to energize you through the rest of your day.  

Farm to School -  A roundtable discussion for sharing ideas and best practices for farm to school programs. 



The North Country Food Day Youth Summit is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors who include the following:

Presenting Sponsor:

Workshop Sponsors:

School Sponsors:

Friend sponsor:

Other Partners:


Interested in sponsoring the 2015 Youth Summit? 

Details available here

For more information about GardenShare and about how you can help sponsor this year or a future Food Day Youth Summit, e-mail or call (315) 261-8054.


2015 is the third biennial Food Day Youth Summit.

The last Food Day Youth Summit in 2013 focused on Action Planning and sent teams home with the resources they need to make a difference in their own communities. You can see a wrap-up of the Summit here

The first Food Day Youth Summit was a great success!  On October 24, 2011, more than 200 people from around the northern New York region attended the Food Day Youth Summit organized by GardenShare. Here's an overview of that first Summit.