Jun 22, 2019 3:00 PM

​THIS IS A SINGLE ANY DAY TICKET: You choose the day; this ticket will only gain you entry for ONE day (either Saturday OR Sunday). Two-day festival passes are the best deal and they are available HERE.   Children 12 & under get in for FREE either day. Low profile beach chairs will be permitted but no outside food or drinks will be allowed. Visit hhimusicfest.com for complete event details!  Two Days | 16 Acts | Craft Beer, Food Court, Art Village & More. 16 Electrifying Performances Saturday is our Original Music Showcase featuring up-and-coming singers/songwriters and bands.  Sat - Gates open at 3 PM: Just Jevon  Pretty Darn John Brewster STRAY FOSSA  Bobby Magyarosi L.O.Z. The Marquee Club C2 and the Brothers Reed Hannah Wicklund & Steppin Stones (Headliner) Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Covers & Touring Bands performing a wide range of music from rock and blues to reggae and funk. Sun - Gates open at 12:30 PM: Skinny Bike Vanna & the Rump Shakers CornBreD Shakey Bones Reggae Infinity Band Voodoo Visionary Eric Culberson Band (Headliner) Purchase Organic Cotton HH Music Festival T-shirts for $22 Small thru XL / $27 for XXL - plus processing fee. T-shirts available for pick up at festival with your purchase ticket.  Event will be held rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets include access to event grounds and main stage. Food, drink and product from vendors are for purchase.

Nov 15, 2019 6:00 PM

Pedal Hilton Head Island, Sunday November 17th, 2019 BENEFITING Ride for a Good Cause Pedal Hilton Head Island is back and better than ever in 2019! A celebration of our Island’s music, culture, and two-wheeled lifestyle, funds raised from this event benefit the programs servicing the over 250 kids who use the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island each day. For those who join us in this weekend-long celebration of cycling, you’ll experience our beach lifestyle, exceptional history and culture, and local music scene. Our rides offer cyclists of all ages and abilities a chance to enjoy a fantastic trek through Hilton Head, a Gold Level Bike Friendly Community, and our pre- and post-ride events revel in the culture, the music and the beauty of Hilton Head Island’s community. Tickets cover the cost of your ride, snacks, and swag. Route Information + Registration + Concerts Sunday, November 17th, 2019 Choose the ride that’s right for you–Note: all rides will be GPS enabled Family Pedal-2 Mile Ride Pedal on our pathways and scenic beaches with the family in this new ride made for the littlest bikers and the kids from the Boys & Girls Club! 10-mile Ride - Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort  Ride at your own pace with ambassadors and marshals available on the route. Enjoy this leisurely self-led ride as you wind your way through one of the South's most desirable vacation and residential neighborhoods, the beachfront community of Palmetto Dunes. Your ride will boast vistas of their 11-mile lagoon system, pristine golf courses, and magnificent beachside homes. 20-mile Ride - Port Royal Oceanfront Community - NEW ROUTE Ride at your own pace with ambassadors and marshals available on the route. Pedal back in time through Hilton Head’s most historic residential beachfront community, Port Royal Plantation. On this self-led 20-mile ride, not only will you cruise by two Civil War-era forts, Fort Walker and Fort Sherman, but you will see magnificent Port Royal Sound views from the bluff that earned Hilton Head its name in 1663. 40-mile Group Ride - NEW ROUTE This is a controlled pace for the first 23 miles, escorted by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. In addition to spectacular views from three bridges and the exclusive Spanish Wells neighborhood, this escorted, controlled-pace ride mimics a shortened version of the metric-century, making for a unique and exciting ride. The controlled pace for this ride is 15mph for the first 23 miles. 62-mile Metric Century Group Ride - NEW ROUTE This is a controlled pace for the first 23 miles, escorted by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. This metric-century road course will take participants through some of Hilton Head Island’s most beautiful scenery in an escorted, controlled pace ride over three bridges, the flyover and back - with a new addition of touring in the exclusive Spanish Wells residential community - truly a cyclist's dream route! The controlled pace for this ride is 20mph for the first 23 miles for the A riders and 18mph for the B riders. PRICING: Registration covers the cost of your ride, snacks and swag bag. Add on the concerts too with your purchase.  OR, take the Pedal For A Kid Challenge for the signature Jersey below along with the concert and extras!!!  EARLY BIRD Now through July 15th $55.00 Register early and guarantee your bell, bag, and signature dry-fit shirt! Pedal For A Kid Participant Those individuals who reach $300 or more (either through donations or by their own wallet) towards their ride will receive the following: 1 ticket to either the Friday or Saturday night “Music of the Grateful Dead” show 1 entry for Pedal Hilton Head Island on Sunday Our 2019 signature jersey – Valued at $75 Our 2019 signature dry-fit shirt Our 2019 signature tote bag Our logo’ed bike bell Custom “bib” with a photo of the child they are supporting Donation to the Club – Allowing for one child to attend for 10 days + meals SUNRISE July 15th through November 15th $65.00 Guaranteed bell, bag and signature dry-fit shirt! SUNSET After November 15th $75.00Sorry, cannot guarantee bell, bag, and signature dry-fit shirt!  *all design subject to change Add on a Pedal For A Kid Jersey with your registration!  The Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head serves over 250 children and teens daily. Many of them are from low-income families: 63% of Club Members (children) are from families living in poverty, 71% do not have health insurance, 54% live in single-parent households, and many do not have a home to call their own. In a world that can seem uncertain, The Boys and Girls Club provides exceptional after-school, summer education and other enrichment programs. Participants in the Club are given the tools to become better students and active community members. Ride with us in November and remember mile-by-mile that you are making a positive impact on the kids and teens in our local community. Your generosity last year allowed the Club to make substantial improvements to the facility including painting the entire building, gym improvements and expand our 3-D technology! This year, your ride will support our Teens in the Kitchen, Money Matters and Kids Who Code programs, plus provide scholarships for children to attend in our growing summer program! Friday and Saturday Night Concerts Hilton Head Island’s local music label Swampfire Records is producing a special event at Coligny Theatre spotlighting the timeless tunes of The Grateful Dead. Lending their musical talents to the evening’s festivities will be local artists Jevon Daly, NATIVE, Cranford Hollow and many more, all to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Shows begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 15th and 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 16th. Tickets cost $20 each. For an hour before each concert, volunteers will be on hand to give you everything you need for the cycling events: packets, shirts and a swag bag bursting with goodies. _______________________________________________________________ Fundraising - Pedal For A Kid Challenge  Scott Stoll said, “A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.” We believe that an in investment in The Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island will provide a world full of opportunity for our local kids. Become a Pedal For A Kid Participant and give back with every push of the pedal. This coveted challenge is taken by many of our dedicated riders each year. Those individuals who reach $300 or more (either through donations or by their own wallet) towards their ride will receive the following: 1 ticket to either the Friday or Saturday night “Music of the Grateful Dead” show 1 entry for Pedal Hilton Head Island on Sunday Our 2019 signature jersey – Valued at $75 Our 2019 signature dry-fit shirt Our 2019 signature tote bag Our logo’ed bike bell Custom “bib” with a photo of the child they are supporting Donation to the Club – Allowing for one child to attend for 10 days + meals The Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head Island serves over 250 children and teens daily. Many of them are from low-income families: 63% of Club Members (children) are from families living in poverty, 71% do not have health insurance, 54% live in single-parent households, and many do not have a home to call their own. In a world that can seem uncertain, The Boys and Girls Club provides exceptional after-school, summer education and other enrichment programs. Participants in the Club are given the tools to become better students and active community members. Ride with us in November and remember mile-by-mile that you are making an impact on the kids and teens in our local community. Like us here! Sign up for our emails here! Hotel Our host hotel is the Beach House oceanfront at Coligny Beach, home of the world famous Tiki Hut, located directly across from the start line at Coligny Plaza. Late checkout on Sunday offered to all Pedal participants or you can simply stay an extra night on beautiful Hilton Head Island! Only $99/night! Use code PHH or click here:  http://bit.ly/PedalHHIHotel FAQ's What is Pedal Hilton Head Island? Pedal Hilton Head Island is more than just a series of fantastic cycling events; it’s a celebration of the island’s music, culture and two-wheeled lifestyle, all in the only Gold Level Bike Friendly Community in the Southeast! Along with the main events, there will be an entire weekend of opportunities, Nov. 15-17, to enjoy the best that Hilton Head Island has to offer, while still supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Tickets cover the cost of your ride, snacks, and swag. Friday & Saturday Evening Concert: The Music of the Grateful Dead Hilton Head Island’s local music label Swampfire Records is producing a special event at Coligny Theatre spotlighting the timeless tunes of The Grateful Dead. Lending their musical talents to the evening’s festivities will be local artists Jevon Daly, NATIVE, Cranford Hollow and many more, all to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 and 6 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets cost $20 each. For an hour before each concert, volunteers will be on hand to give you everything you need for the cycling events: packets, shirts and a swag bag bursting with goodies. The Main RidePedal Hilton Head’s main event takes to the beaches, pathways, and bridges of Hilton Head Island on Nov. 17, with events for every skill level. Enjoy a family fun ride on the beach, take to the pathways for a 10-mile ride through Palmetto Dunes, soak up the history of the Port Royal residential community for the 20-mile ride, head over the bridges to the mainland on the 40-mile ride or challenge yourself for the metric century 62-mile ride that guides you past some of the island’s most jaw-dropping scenery. Then when you’ve finished, head back to Coligny Plaza for an afterparty with food, drink, music and more. Tickets cover the cost of your ride, snacks, and swag. The entire weekend of Pedal Hilton Head Island is a fundraising event to support the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. The event is great fun for all participants and supports a worthwhile cause. When is Pedal Hilton Head Island? November 15th – 17th, 2019.Concerts Friday and Saturday Night November 15th & 16thThe Main Ride for Pedal Hilton Head Island in on Sunday, November 17th, 2019, starting and finishing at Coligny Plaza. Is there a Packet Pickup Party? Our Packet Pickup Party will be on Friday, November 15th at 6 pm 'til 7 pm and Saturday, November 16th at Coligny Theatre at 5 pm till 6 pm, before the “Music of the Grateful Dead” concert to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Purchase tickets on their Register page. Are Bikes Available To Rent? No bike or helmet? No problem! Beach bike and helmet rentals are available by calling Hilton Head Bicycle Company at 843.686.6888 (will deliver and pick up at Coligny Plaza on day of the event). Please thank them when calling as all proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. How can I get involved in Pedal Hilton Head Island? You can raise money and ride as an individual in our Pedal For A Kid Challenge; ride as part of a team; be invited by family, friends or business associates to participate; or volunteer time to help with the ride. Riders ask friends, family members, business associates, and others to sponsor them by making a donation to help the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island where “Great Futures Start Here”. What happens if it rains on the day of Pedal Hilton Head Island or the Beach Grinder Bike Race? Pedal Hilton Head Island will take place rain or shine. What happens at the rest areas? The rest area is just that, a rest, refreshments and communications stop. Participants have the opportunity to take a break, get a drink and have a snack. There will be several rest stops along the various routes. What else do I get? All participants will receive a route map, instructions, refreshments, snacks, and a ‘swag bag’ with coupons and prizes. All participants will also get the personal satisfaction of helping a local non-profit that serves children. Pedal for a Kid participants will receive: 1 Ticket To Either The Friday Or Saturday Night “Music of the Grateful Dead” Show 1 Entry For Pedal Hilton Head Island On Sunday Our 2019 Signature Jersey – Valued At $75 Our 2019 Signature Dry-Fit Shirt Our 2019 Signature Tote Bag Our Logo’ed Bike Bell Custom “Bib” With A Photo of the Child They are Supporting Donation To The Club – Allowing For One Child To Attend For 10 Days + Meals Where do I stay? Our host hotel is the Beach House, located across the street from the start and finish area of Coligny Plaza and directly on the BEACH! Late check-out is offered to participants. Rates at $99/night - link here:  http://bit.ly/PedalHHIHotel Where does my money go? All net proceeds of Pedal Hilton Head Island benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island provides outstanding after-school, summer education and enrichment programs. Over 250 children and teens use the club daily, and for many of them, it serves as a point of stability and safety in their uncertain world. Specifically, the club serves children from low-income families: 63% of Club Members (children) are from families living in poverty, 71% do not have health insurance, 54% live in single-parent households and many do not have a home to call their own. By riding with us, you will enable the Club to continue to do impactful work for local children and teens. Your generosity last year allowed the Club to make substantial improvements to the facility including painting the entire building, gym improvements and expand our 3-D technology! This year, your ride will support our Teens in the Kitchen, Money Matters and Kids Who Code programs, plus provide scholarships for children to attend in our growing summer program! Interested in sponsoring and getting your name in front of 500 people? Email [email protected] for sponsor opportunities.  Donate here: http://bit.ly/HHIDonations

Jun 13, 2019 1:00 PM

Hilton Grand Vacations’ Resort Operations Team is hiring in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! Join us at our In-House Hiring Event to meet with the recruitment team and receive more information about our opportunities at our beautiful properties on Hilton Head Island.   Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 Time: Stop by any time between 1:00 p.m.  and  6:00 p.m. Location: Ocean Oak Resort Address:  41 S Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head, SC 29928 (Complimentary parking available in garage)   Candidates will have the opportunity to interview with our leadership team for any available position. We will also be making on-the-spot job offers. No prior experience required.  Candidates will need to dress for success and bring printed copies of their resume   Immediate openings available for the following positions: Front Desk (Part-Time) Food & Beverage Server (seasonal) Security Maintenance And many more…  

Jun 12, 2019 6:00 PM

Keith Lucas, the host of Mount Pleasant Business Networking powered by Rockstar Connect, invites you to an evening of Rockstar Connect networking at Burton's Grill on Wednesday, June 12th, 6 PM to 8 PM. It is a mix-and-mingle, after-hours business networking event and all may attend. Unlike other evening networking events, admission is free of charge, there are no boring speakers and no one is trying to sell you anything. Bring your old friends, make new friends and create your next meaningful business connection. Burton's Grill is providing complimentary finger foods on a first come first served basis as well as the free event space. Attendees are encouraged to reciprocate the venue’s generosity by making a beverage purchase and by tipping their servers. It is the Rockstar thing to do. Feel free to come early for dinner, or stay after for drinks. Rockstar Connect events are held in hundreds of cities around the United States and Canada and hundreds of thousands of networkers attend Rockstar Connect events every year. Our hosts believe that you have to give in order to get, which is why they organize this monthly event to support their local business community. Direct all questions to Rockstar Connect: 1 (800) 205-2327.  Rockstar Connecthttps://www.rockstarconnect.com/ All attendees are welcome, either living in or visiting the Greater Charleston, South Carolina area: Mount Plesant, SC, North Charleston, SC, Hanahan, SC, Goose Creek, SC, Ladson, SC, Summerville, SC, Georgetown, SC, Beaufort, SC, Hilton Head Island, SC, Orangeburg, SC , Socastee, SC, Sumter, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Wilmington Island, GA, Conway, SC, Osceola Oaks, SC, Brook Green Meadow, SC, Shemwood, SC, Moultrie Heights, SC, Avian Park, SC, Osceola Heights, SC, Myrtle Acres, SC, Heritage, SC, Harborgate, SC, Creekside Park, SC, Hickory Shadows, SC, Waterway Arms, SC, Cooper Estates, SC, Moss Park, SC, The Groves, SC, The Village, SC, Bayview Acres, SC

Jun 06, 2019 6:00 PM

Larry Speir, the host of Savannah Networking powered by Rockstar Connect, invites you to an evening of Rockstar Connect networking at El Coyote Ramen on Thursday, June 6th, 6 PM to 8 PM. It is a mix-and-mingle, after-hours business networking event and all may attend. Unlike other evening networking events, admission is free of charge, there are no boring speakers and no one is trying to sell you anything. Bring your old friends, make new friends and create your next meaningful business connection. El Coyote Ramen is providing complimentary finger foods on a first come first served basis as well as the free event space. Attendees are encouraged to reciprocate the venue’s generosity by making a beverage purchase and by tipping their servers. It is the Rockstar thing to do. Feel free to come early for dinner, or stay after for drinks. Rockstar Connect events are held in hundreds of cities around the United States and Canada and hundreds of thousands of networkers attend Rockstar Connect events every year. Our hosts believe that you have to give in order to get, which is why they organize this monthly event to support their local business community. Direct all questions to Rockstar Connect: 1 (800) 205-2327. Rockstar Connecthttps://www.rockstarconnect.com/ All attendees are welcome, either living in or visiting the Greater Savannah, Georgia area: Garden City, GA, Pooler, GA, Wilmington Island, GA, Richmond Hill, GA, Rincon, GA, Hilton Head Island, SC, Fort Stewart, GA, Hinesville, GA, Beaufort, SC, Statesboro, GA, Jesup, GA, Saint Simons, GA, Brunswick, GA, Summerville, SC, Ladson, SC, Robert M Hitch Village, GA, Clearview, GA, Spauldings Settlement, GA, Carver Village, GA, Florida Junction, GA, Hugers Settlement, SC, General Hamiltons Settlement, SC, Alabama Junction, GA, Ogeecheeton, GA, LePageville, GA, Pine Gardens, GA, Telfair Junction, GA, Tremont Park, GA, Savannah Gardens, GA, Union Junction, GA, Gordonston, GA, Rossignol Hill, GA

Jul 27, 2019 10:45 PM

The Daly Planet #LiveMusic at #BigBambooCafe #ColignyPlaza #HiltonHead The iconic Daly family have been deep rooted in Hilton Head’s music scene for over a quarter of a century. Celebrate The Holidays with THE DALY PLANET at The Big Bamboo Cafe in Hilton Head Island, SC. $5 pre-sell tickets online or $10 tickets at the door.

May 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Join us Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. _____________________________ Carol Gimbel, viola & Cullan Bryant, piano _____________________________ Experience the Ex-Emanuel Vardi viola c. 1725 in an exclusive debut recital at Lincoln Center's Rose Studio Ticket sales support the purchase of this fine instrument. If you cannot attend, please consider making a fully deductible donation online or by mail to Young Artist Performances, 5 Hummingbird Ct, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926 ~ A special thank you to Paul Gridley for generously sponsoring the evening's event ~ DONATIONS RECEIVED BY May 8th WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED IN THE PROGRAM.

Jun 02, 2019 11:00 AM

The STAND4LAND JAZZ BRUNCH on May 5, 2019 will be the first in a unique series of 6 monthly, First Sunday fundraisers, which are designed to benefit the "HELP SAVE GULLAH-GEECHEE LAND CAMPAIGN" of the non-profit Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network, Inc. All proceeds from the brunches will be used for two purposes: To either pay the delinquent property taxes of land-rich, but cash-poor descendants of enslaved Africans who once labored on sea island plantations from North Carolina to Florida, or to redeem Gullah-Geechee property that has already been auctioned to the highest bidders at delinquent tax sales. Each brunch will be a themed event spotlighting dynamic entertainment ranging from jazz and gospel music to the blues. Local poets and storytellers will also be invited to participate in these much-anticipated communitywide fundraisers. Anyone interested in helping to prevent any further loss of ancestral Gullah-Geechee homes and land is welcome to join this critical fundraising effort.  STAR STUDDED KICK-OFF We're extremely fortunate to have popular Hilton Head Island entertainment icons Lavon Stevens and Adam Joseph Martin--two multi-talented performing artists with large followings--donating their time to provide the live entertainment for our First Sunday Brunch Fundraiser series kick-off on May 5th. Stevens is a highly sought after vocalist and pianist with a national reputation, leads a namesake quartet, and has been one of Hilton Head Island's top billed performers since 1981. He's intimately involved with local efforts to save both Gullah-owned land and culture. Among other leadership roles, he's a member of the Hilton Head Island Planning Commission; Vice Chair of the Mitchelville Preservation Project Board; and Chairman of the Town of Hilton Head Island Gullah-Geechee Land and Cultural Preservation Task Force. Martin is a charismatic, rising star singer/song writer/and performing artist best known for his stirring acoustic guitar performances, and thought-provoking lyrics.The Connecticut transplant and father of two adorable children, has formed deep friendships with some descendants of freed West African slaves, who bring a unique pattern to the tapestry of American society known as Gullah-Geehee culture. Martin will open for Stevens.  HISTORIC STRUGGLE  Because Gullah-Geechee culture is land-based, decades of almost unchecked land loss means that the people celebrated for preserving among the strongest African cultural retentions in the New World--are struggling to survive amid upscale gated communties and resort developments, as well as the gentrification of desirable coastal cities.  Hilton Head Island--which is the site of historic Mitchelville, America's first self-governed Freedmen's Village circa 1862--has suffered a storied loss of valuable Black-owned waterfront property. Some of that land, including popular once segregated North End beaches, had been in local Gullah families since the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Less than 1,000-acres still remain in Gullah hands on HHI. Many HHI Gullah families lost, or were forced to sell their land and became permanently displaced. And with few exceptions, the remaining Gullah families battle soaring property taxes, stifling zoning and land management ordinances, and mind-boggling tactics by greedy developers and their allies. Since 2015, the "HELP SAVE GULLAH-GEECHEE LAND CAMPAIGN" has provided a safety net of technical, referral, and financial assistance that has prevented the loss of Gullah-Geechee-owned  property with an assessed value of over $6-million, according to tax records in Beaufort, Colleton, Georgetown, and Horry counties in South Carolina. And we're just getting started!

Oct 23, 2019 8:00 AM

Dates: October 23, 2019 to October 25, 2019 (DATE CHANGE*) Location(s): Main Conference Meeting Space Heritage Hotel and Conference Center (Confirmed*) 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 06488 Breakout Rooms & Vendor Symposium Heritage Hotel and Conference Center (Confirmed*) 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 0648 This conference is eligible for CEs from Connecticut Certification Board and National Association of Social Workers (NASW CT). Confimation of receipt will be posted on the page in the coming months. Contracted Hotels: Heritage Hotel and Conference Center (Confirmed*) 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 06488 Invited Speakers: Reconfirmed for 2019 as of 10/25/2018 Jillian Hishaw (Confirmed*) Lise Metzger (Confirmed*) Dr. Mike Rosmann (Confirmed*) Keisha Cameron (Confirmed*) Pending Speaker Requests: Rowen White (Pending*) Amani Olugbala (Pending*) Nakia Navarro (Pending*) Ahna Kruzic (Pending*) Ruby Olisemeka (Pending*) Kristin Jordan (Pending*) Sara Wolcott (Pending*) Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti (Pending*) Dr. Marta Moreno Vega (Pending*) Zen Honeycutt (Pending*) Onika Abraham (Pending*) Kara Brewer Boyd (Pending*) Danielle Nierenberg (Pending*) Conference Information: Working Theme: Women, Intersectionality and Food Systems *This page will be updated periodically as Conference agenda items are confirmed* To apply for a full or partial scholarship, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/ja0pwo5hx5o0lXWF3 Day One, October 23, 2018 Sunrise yoga (TBD): 6:30 am to 7:15 am Introduction:  TBD: 8:00 am to 8:15 am  Welcome: Welcome to Southbury: 8:00 am to 8:15 am -TBD Plenary Session: 8:45 am to 10:45 am  TBD Break: 10:45 am to 11:15 am Workshop Sessions: 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Session A:   Breaking Ground: How to Access NEGEF Awards & Sponsorships w/ Staff -TBD In this workshop, background on the types of grants available through the New England Grassroots Environment Fund  as well as trainiing/skill building resources to frontline organizers will be discussed in detail. The Grassroots Fund is a pooled fund with over 20 years experience resourcing the frontline of the New England environmental justice movement. When participants finish the workshop, they will know: How to apply for funding via the Grassroots Fund three grant programs as well as project ideas that fit the guidelines How to participate in design of and attend RootSkills webinars and in-person trainings How to apply for event sponsorships How to participate in the Grassroots Fund community, including as a reader of grant applications or as a presenter at a RootSkills training or webinar Session B: Systems Change through Dtory Telling/Making w/ Anha Kruzic Women are shaping our food system for the better - we're leading efforts to create a fair, healthy,and sustainable food system from the ground up. But we're doing so despite significant challenges. Despite the fact that women participate in the production and processing of food at roughly equal rates to men, most undernourished people in the world are women and girls. The food system overall is highly dependent on the labor and skills of women, but this doesn’t necessarily translate to decision-making power. Instead, our labor is unpaid or underpaid, significantly more-so for women of Color, and we are subjected to high rates of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and violence on the job. But we're taking control of our food systems for the better by farming, organizing, and advocating for systems that are better for farmers, workers, their communities, and ultimately -- our planet.  Since women's leadership is key to the transformation of our food system, we must tell our stories, learn from one another's successes and challenges, and grow our movement into the future.  Join us for this workshop as together, we explore the power of the exploration of our histories and story-telling for food and agriculture transformation.  Session C: The Behavioral Health of Women and Minorities Involved in Agriculture w/ Michael R. Rosmann Ph.D. Women currently are the primary operators of 17% of American farms and secondary operators of another third of U.S. farms.  Like males, these women operate large crop and livestock farms in the U.S. as well as smaller andoften organic vegetable and animal production farms.  People of color and females are increasingly pursuing livelihoods in agriculture in America these days.  Can female American farmers improve the well-being of the two fifths of farmers around the world who are women, mostly in third worldnations? This  presentation takes a look at the unique behavioralhealth problems that accompany agricultural occupations, drawing especially on the presenter's research and experiences as a licensed clinical psychologist and farmer for 40 years and as a professor and writer aboutoccupational and environmental health for two decades.  There are significantly higher incidences of anxiety, depression and suicide among the agricultural population in comparison to the nonagricultural U.S. population.  Relationship problems such as family conflict and abuse often are gender-related and are prime indicators of stress within agriculturalfamilies, according to the author's research.  People who are cultural and racial minorities in the U.S. frequentlyexperience special behavioral health adjustment issues, such as difficulties with their status as migrant workers and sometimes as undocumented immigrants, besides problems in daily living such as access to healthcare, schools and lack of family and social supports.  Racial minorities wantingto farm sometimes face resistance from the dominant culture in some locations around the U.S., although progress is being made in some of the main agricultural areas, like the West Coast.  This presentation takes a look at the special issues of women and racial minorities in agriculture andprograms that are already addressing these concerns, as well as further recommended solutions to obstacles facing women in general and those of color in particular. Essentially, this presentation will describe major behavioral healthstressors experienced by women in agriculture and recommend ways women can manage their behavioral health.  Three proposed objectives of thispresentation are the following: Attendees will acquire knowledge about the unique behavioral health issues that are linked to agriculture and how these behavioral health diagnoses compare to those of the nonagricultural population. Participants in this presentation will learn about gender-linked behavioral health issues of people engaged in agriculture that have been identified as specific to women. The attendees will learn about recommended solutions to the particular behavioral health problems experienced by women and minorities in agriculture. Lunch: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, On your own! Workshop Sessions: 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Session D: Re-focusing the Image of Women Farmers, One Story at a Time w/ Lise Metzger Do you ever feel isolated or unseen as you work hard on your farm? Have you ever thought no one cares about your intense investment in what you do? Hearing the stories of other women can help make you feel connected to other people, or to yourself or to something you’d like in your own life. It can help you know that the work you do matters, and that people are paying attention and care. The Grounded Women Project (http://groundedwomen.com/about-the-project/) tells the why and how story of independent farmers: what led each woman to choose a life in agriculture, for example, and what issues does she face as a woman? Come gather together to hear the creator of Grounded Women tell the stories of women farmers as well as the story behind the stories. Leave with a knowing that one story at a time, one farm at a time, women are changing the face of agriculture.   Session E:  Women in Cannabis by Kristin Jordan TBD Session F: TBD Day Two, October 24, 2018 Sunrise yoga (TBD): 6:30 am to 7:15 am Introduction: 8:30 am to 9:00 am - Women on the Move - Senator Heather Somers Plenary Session: 9:15 am to 10:45 am - Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World; Restoring Indigenous Seed Sovereignty w/ Rowen White All across Turtle Island (North America) we are seeing a great resurgence of indigenous tribes building healthy and resilient food systems as a cornerstone to cultural and ecological renewal programs, as well as a means to reclaim indigenous economies and true economic and political sovereignty. If a community is to be truly sovereign and free from colonizing forces, they must be able to feed and nourish themselves with culturally appropriate foods. Food and seed sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.  Despite the scorched earth tactics of countless colonial and imperial forces to try and starve Native American communities into submission and cultural amnesia, indigenous people and their seeds survived, and now a rich array of community food and seed sovereignty projects are sprouting, sowing seeds of hope in the hearts of many. Through her work with the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, Rowen is helping indigenous communities cultivate culturally appropriate solutions to restoring seed stewardship of traditional foods. Using this seed work as a powerful means for reconciliation, she will share powerful and inspiring stories of the rematriation of our traditional seeds back into the reverent care of indigenous women.  In the age of the increasing industrialization of our food and the erosion of biodiversity within cultural contexts, the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network asks the question; Can we envision the Seed Commons, and coordinate collaborative efforts to care and protect for our seeds that is in right relationship to our indigenous cosmology? How can we use the process of reclaiming our traditional seeds and food as a powerful means of cultural restoration? Come learn about the beautiful seed legacy of the indigenous people of this land, and see how you can be a part of the reconciliation between yourself and the seeds of your own ancestry, and revitalize this ancient web of relationships that comes with being an indigenous Seed Keeper. Attendees will gain an understanding of: The dynamic intersection and importance between cultural restoration and the restoration of indigenous food and seed systems. The importance of indigenous women taking a fierce and loving role in the rematriation of our heritage seeds back into our communities from government and university research programs and from the collections of museums and public access seed banks.   A heartfelt and deeply touching array of stories from indigenous communities from North America who are cultivating new seed and food culture as a means to heal historical trauma and reconnect to our ancestral lands. Break: 10:45 am to 11:00 am Workshop Sessions:. 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Session G:  At the Root: An Examination of White Sepremacy and Systemic  Racism in US Food Systems w/ Ahna Kruzic Though many movement participants presume alternative agriculture movement spaces to be economically, socially, and environmentally just, narratives of whiteness and color-blind racism permeate the movement’s collective discourse. I argue that a critique of whiteness and white supremacy is necessary to build sustainable food and agriculture movements that dismantle injustice. In this session, we will identify common manifestations of whiteness in food and agriculture movement spaces, and learn tools to help identify our own narratives of color-blind racism and whiteness which reify white supremacy. This session is based on data analyzing communications from researchers, farmers, advocates, activists, and more across six communities in the United States.  Session H:  Farming While Black by Amani Olubala Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the CSA - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence have deprived the Black community of farmland, capital, and healthy food access.  Soul Fire Farm is part of a national network working toward food sovereignty and land justice. Learn how we can build upon Afro-Indigenous wisdom in reshaping the food system to be based on equity and abundance rather than exploitation and deprivation. Session I:  Enabling Caring Ecosystems  w/  Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti and Sara Jolena Wolcott What does it mean to be part of the whole – especially when the system as a whole seems set on ignoring or even harming your efforts? This workshop focuses on the role of remembering history in ways that empower us, engaging with our spiritualities, and telling the right story at the right time to effect needed change.  It is a participatory workshop that will include storytelling, mapping your existing ecosystem (human and non-human) and considering where are the places for manageable, collective engagement that can enable greater rest, wealth, and health for all.    Lunch: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, On your own! Workshop Sessions: 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Session J: TBD Session K:  Feminism Is Not Enough! Reviving the Yoni Culture - A Celebration of the Feminine, An Awakening of the Goddess Within  w/  Ruby Olisemeka The feminist movement, mid 1800's onwards, has made significant ideological changes and tangible strides in the struggle for equality between men and women.  However the movement has centered historically around empowering, white women, and appears to seek assimilation into a fundamentally flawed societal model, rather than dismantling that model and all the oppressive systems that are woven within it. The feminist movement also appears to not acknowledge the suppressed history off the ancient feminine goddess cultures and reviving them as a critical part of womens liberation. In this interactive workshop we will critically analyze the concept of femininity, look at some feminine archetypes, and the cultures that created and celebrated them. We will discuss the ways we can work to awaken this culture, first within ourselves.  We will practice some rituals and methods (herbal medicine making, land practices, mantras) to strengthen and express the divine feminine within. Session L:   TBD   Day Three, October 25, 2018 Sunrise yoga (TBD): 7:15 am to 8:00 am Community Volunteering Opportunity:. Habitat for Humanity WomenBuild, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (*****By registration only. Volunteers MUST COMMIT TO THE WHOLE DAY!  Please check for more details on this opportunity by September 2018*****.). OR Community Farm Tour # 1: Common Ground High School, TBD Community Farm Tour # 2:. TBD Community Farm Tour # 3: Slate School, TBD Community Farm Tour # 4: TBD Our Valued Supporters and Sponsors: 2018 New England Grassroots Environmental Fund Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board Cabot Cheese of Vermont Food First Moutain Rose Herbs Food Tank Food Solutions New England Natural Nutmeg Magazine The Edible Schoolyard Project 2019 TBD Speaker Biographies: Jillian Hishaw, Esq, L.L.M./Attorney Jillian Hishaw, author of "Don't Bet the Farm on Medicaid" and Founder and CEO of Hishaw Law, LL.C in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) a national nonprofit that provides legal and technical services to small farmers of color will discuss her experience working in agriculture as a woman of color in various capacities prior to establishing her own businesses out of necessity.  Hishaw has previously worked for the Assistant Secretary Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Agriculture in Washington DC and on the Pigford  (Black American farmer discrimination class action) and Keepseagle (Native American farmer discrimination class action) claims settlement process prior to establishing F.A.R.M.S.  Since F.A.R.M.S. inception, over 220,000 lbs. of produce have been donated in high poverty rural communities of color and Black farms have been saved from foreclosure.   As a philanthropist, Hishaw has raised thousands of dollars for charitable food programs and published several law review and American Bar Association articles on agricultural and environmental topics i.e. the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, the Journal of Food Law & Policy and more!  Hishaw holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Tuskegee University, Juris Doctorate and Legal Masters (LL.M) in Agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville law school.  For more information about F.A.R.M.S. please visit www.30000acres.org or www.jillianhishaw.com  Dr. Mike R. Rosmann/Farmer, Psycologist Michael R. Rosmann is a psychologist and farmer whose life's work involves improving the behavioral healthcare of the agricultural population. He seeks to advance regional and global food production policy which enhances the behavioral and economic welfare of food producers, maintains stewardship of the land and other resources used in food production and protects the safety of food for consumers. In an era of increasing tension due to bioterrorist threats and shifts in the agribusiness climate, he is a voice for the agricultural population. The New York Times said this about him: a fourth generation farmer as well as a clinical psychologist, he speaks the language of men and women on the verge of losing their place on the land.  Michael R. Rosmann received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah. Following a five year stint as a faculty member in the psychology department of the University of Virginia, Rosmann and his family moved to their farm in rural western Iowa where he developed an organic crop and purebred livestock operation. He also provided mental health services to the farm population, first in private practice and then in community mental health centers. He developed the first mental health response in Iowa to the farm crisis of the 1980's. He initiated Prairie Rose Mental Health Center in Harlan, Iowa and was its director for eight years. Lise Metzger/Photographer Lise Metzger writes and photographs the project Grounded Women: Stories of Women Who Farm. She is an award-winning photographer who for the past 30 years has shot for advertising agencies, magazines and corporations, as well as creating branding imagery for individual clients. She has taught both digital and film photography at universities, high schools and in a men’s prison.  What started many years ago as severe stomach pains led to a deep dive to understand the connection between food and health, which led to a broader investigation of our food system as a whole and the social, political, economic, environmental, and health issues that result. She launched Grounded Women as a way to share the authentic and inspiring stories of women who choose a life in agriculture, and to contribute to changing the narrative around food and the women who grow it.  You can see her work at lisemetzger.com andgroundedwomen.com. Ahna Kruzic/Former Director of Publications and Communications, Food First Ahna Kruzic is a community organizer turned activist-researcher from rural Iowa. Ahna has worked as researcher, community organizer, coalition-builder, and more. As Director of Publications and Communications at Food First, otherwise known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy, Ahna coordinates and contributes to communications, analysis, and research-for-action which seeks to dismantle exploitative racism, capitalism, and oppression in the food system. Nakia Navarro/Former Program Director, New England Grassroots Environment Fund Nakia Navarro hails from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her two children, Kayla and Mateo. Her nonprofit experience spans well over fifteen years and includes organizing roles within food rescuing, disaster response, as well as college access and success for low resourced students. In addition to working as a Program Director at the Grassroots Fund, Nakia wrote and teaches an environmental justice curriculum at area Boston, MA high schools and serves on the board of the Dorchester Food COOP. In addition, she is the author of The Messiness of Life, an Anthology and the Everdeen Series.  Nakia received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Spanish from Winthrop University, a Certificate in Global Communications from the University of Salamanca, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Public Policy and Planning at Tufts University Rowen White/Director, Sierra Seeds Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City CA. She teaches creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities . She is the current Project Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is a part of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. Her Seed Seva Educational program is a wholistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture , from practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnected relations. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at www.sierraseeds.org. Ruby Olisemaka/Farmer, Food Justice Advicate Ruby Olisemeka is an independent educator/consultant focusing on socially transformative education; food justice and incorporating African and indigenous practices into farming and food & farming education. She began her farming career as an apprentice at Stone Barns (2011) and has since built numerous school and urban gardens in lower Westchester and Harlem. Ruby has over 10 years’ experience educating children and young adults, she has worked as an educator at Edible Schoolyard NYC, Harlem Grown and various public and private schools and institutions. "We who do this liberation work want to bring about a revolution in our lifetime; we have deemed, with sadness, the current national and international power structure not fit to ensure and promote the full expression of life.  I am part of a collective, a movement of people wanting to bring about a more just world. I am a farmer and teacher, a spiritualist and budding herbalist, an afro centrist and naturalist. My path as a farmer began with an apprenticeship at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in 2011.I've kept my hands in the soil ever since, building urban, suburban and periurban gardens in lower Westchester and Harlem.  I teach (in classrooms, gardens, spaces where people can gather) children and adults how to do the work I do on land.  A farmer can rarely escape the intersections of poverty, politics, food access or justice when farming sustainably. I am an activist working to dismantle the food and health related injustices Africans and people of African descent endure."- RO Amani Olugbala Amani Olugbala is the farm and food justice educator at Soul Fire Farm, Grafton NY, dedicated to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Amani's is a gifttoryteller 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 urban-rural communities.  Sara Jolens Wolcott, M.Div. Sara Jolena Sequoia Wolcott, M.Div, is the Founding Director of Sequoia Samanvaya, LLC, an eco-theology education and consulting company connecting the disconnected. (www.sequoiasamanvaya.com).  Sequoia Samanvaya LLC specializes in spiritually designed, community-building online courses that connect colonization and health/ecological crises such as climate change and sugar. She is a minister, healer, writer/artist and entrepreneur.  Sequoia Samanvaya LLC arose from over a decade of Wolcott's search for the root causes of systemic injustices such as climate change.  Her quest has led her to such varied experiences as co-leading international programs at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in England; working on an organic farm; living as a singer/musician in India, and studying eco-theology at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York at Columbia University.  For over 17 years, she has practiced 1-1 healing work in what she currently calls Sacred Bodywork. A valued international speaker, she has spoken in over 7 countries and 9 U.S. states.  She regularly returns to her northern Californian birthplace on Ohlone territories. She currently lives in the Bronx, NY, in the historical homeland of the Lenape/Siwanoy peoples.  When not running a start-up, hosting dinners for her community or working on her book, she enjoys painting, horseback riding, and cloud watching. Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti/Director, Sustainable Livelihood Institute  Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti has been involved with the creation of networks of consumers, activists, farmers and enthusiasts around Sustainable Farming and Local Economy since 1998. In South India, it is estimated that 60-70 percent of the farmers are women. Has trained rural marginalized community leaders to mobilize themselves, adopt sustainable agriculture practices and become a market force since 2005. As consultant for the Government’s women in sustainable agriculture program, he has designed, through participatory processes, district level sustainable agriculture projects with women farmers for 6 districts in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu which has impacted over 5000 farming families. Has designed the system for managing the various components of the eco- system for the implementation of these programmes as well. Since launching of the Sustainable Livelihood Institute, he has designed and coordinated the training of over 2000 rural women leaders in sustainable agriculture practices. He is currently working with initiatives in 3 states of India on implementing sustainable agriculture practices, including with Dalit women leaders and indigenous (tribal/Adivasi) communities.  His visit with the eco-theology company, Sequoia Samanvaya LLC, is his first entry into the United States. He hopes that what he has learned from these marginalized, collective communities in India may be of benefit to farmers and others in the USA.  He considers himself first and foremost a storyteller and a student of village communities in India. Performance Artist & Healers Biographies: Kelvin Young Kelvin Young is the Director of Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited, Holistic Stress Management Instructor, and Sound Alchemist.  As a recognized leader in the addiction recovery movement and throughout the holistic healing community, Kelvin’s powerful healing journey began while he was in prison, where he found inner peace, self-realization, and love through meditation, yoga, and the expressive arts.  Bringing his story of personal transformation into the community, Kelvin has shared his story with thousands of individuals in or seeking recovery.  In 2014 Kelvin became the Director of Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited - a center for holistic healing and stress management in Hartford, Connecticut. Kelvin continues to share his story of healing from within as a passionate public speaker, and he is known for his warm, loving, and down-to-earth way of connecting with people. Ed Cleveland Ed Cleveland is a Reiki and Sound Teacher, Neuroacoustical Practitioner combining indigenous sound instruments. Combining with Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuromusicology, and Psychophysiology.  Acoustic Designer of Soundscapes using the high, low, ascending, descending pitch, intervals, and inversion, thick, and thin in harmony with crescendo, or diminuendo’s to open the imagination and intellect.  Questions?  Please feel free to contact Michelle L. Bicking at [email protected] at any time.