Greenwich Food System Forum (GFSF) is a six part educational series that engages thought leaders on the interconnectedness between the industrial food system and our greatest ecological and social challenges; human and ecological health, economic disparity, racial inequity, food insecurity and access, affordable housing and climate change. GFSF amplifies local and state-wide advocates and community organizers, who understand the layers of complexity within our food systems. Panel discussions explore the ways in which root causes are embedded in policy, practice and mindset, and how a connected web of networks provide pathways to systemic change. Panelists set context, connect dots, and highlight initiatives focused on equitable solutions. 

WE
  have a role to play in reweaving our social fabric. WE have the power to be food system changemakers! Together, we can realize a future that advances a regionalized, regenerative, equitable and just Connecticut food system. Join us.



"We acknowledge that the place commonly referred to as “Connecticut” is located on the occupied and/or unceded traditional lands and waters of Indigenous peoples, and that we have a responsibility to help make that truth visible and to support efforts toward indigenous sovereignty and well-being.” The Foodshed Network 

Greenwich Food System Forum is convened by
THE FOODSHED NETWORK and Greenwich Conservation Commission

Thank you to our community partners!

TESSA GETCHIS
SENIOR EXTENSION EDUCATOR,
CT SEA GRANT & UCONN EXTENSION






JONATHAN McGEE
FARM MANAGER NEW ENGLAND SEA FARMS




ROGER BOWGEN 
CHAIR TOWN OF GREENWICH
SHELLFISH COMMISSIONER






STEVE SCHAFER 
OWNER STELLA MAR OYSTERS


KATE MASURY
E.D. EATING WITH THE ECOSYSTEMS

Kate Masury, Masury is the Executive Director at Eating with the Ecosystem, a small non-profit whose mission is to promote a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood, through healthy habitats, flourishing food webs, and short, adaptive seafood supply chains. As the organization’s sole full time staff person, Kate performs many roles from organizing and running educational and outreach events, to coordinating a citizen science project with 86 participants from across New England to collect data on the availability and preference for local seafood in the New England marketplace, to conducting key informant interviews with seafood supply chain businesses about shifting species distributions, to designing fisheries interpretive signs in collaboration with local fishing communities and local seafood guides for restaurants and chefs. LEARN MORE ABOUT KATE'S WORK. 

As a child, Steve would spend his summer in Westport digging clams to where his dad eventually said, “you gotta stop bringing those darn clams back”. Little did he know his love for digging clams as a Midwestern boy would turn into a career in oyster farming. Steve began his career working behind a fish counter for free. He moved into a position focused on sustainability, which got noticed by some distinguished environmental groups. Steve is actively involved in Connecticut organizations and works with multiple federal, state, and municipal bodies to enhance, protect, and support the shellfish environment in Connecticut.

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Roger grew up on the South West of UK (Devonshire) spent youth exploring the coastline above and below the waterline diving, fishing, and sailing. He is a British Merchant Navy Officer with 40 + years - Global Shipping Executive and Specialty Gas Commodity Trader. LEARN ABOUT THE GREENWICH SHELLFISH COMMISSION.

~ RECORDING ARCHIVE ~ 
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~ UPCOMING ~ 


April 6 ~ The Industrialized Food System:
Equity, Regionalization, Regeneration 

May 4 ~ Cultivating Connecticut Grown:
By Land



June 1 ~ Cultivating Connecticut Grown: By Sea
Sept 14 ~ Just Food: Access, Opportunity and Economic Empowerment 
October 5 ~ Seasonality: A Celebration of Taste, Place and Connection 
November 2 ~ Pathways to Engagement: Regenerating a Resilient CT Foodshed

Tessa Getchis is an Extension Educator with Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Extension located at the University of Connecticut in Groton. She is a marine science graduate of Roger Williams University, and holds a master’s degree in Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science from the University of Rhode Island. Tessa works with seafood producers, regulatory agencies, and coastal community leaders to share environmental, economic, and regulatory information and tools for sustainable aquaculture. She had the pleasure of working with many local, state and federal partners, and is continuously learning from the experience and expertise of these passionate individuals. She serves as the facilitator of the Connecticut Shellfish Initiative, the Connecticut Shellfish Restoration Planning Initiative, and as chair of the Connecticut Aquaculture Permitting Workgroup. LEARN MORE ABOUT TESSA.





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