First, this is a low key affair. Imagine a group of your friends standing around a table, talking about your raised bed gardens, or how you make sauerkraut. We’re not talking about powerpoint slides displayed on a wall to a group of 50 people.
FoodCamp is all about sharing knowledge and experiences with your neighbors. New connections can be made through this dialogue, participants can be energized by your session to take the next step, you can talk about your organization (if you’re representing one) and what you do, you can get feedback and have dialogue with dozens of other foodies about the topics you love.
What Can Be Presented
Anything food related. If your topic is of interest to some people at the event, then you’ll have an audience – there will be more than one presentation going on at a time. And, it’s totally possible for the same topic to be presented twice during the day by two different people – this gives everyone the chance to learn about a topic they’re interested in.
We expect there will be presentations on gardening, fermenting, pickling, composting, foraging, chickens, vermicomposting, baking, knife skills, canning and more!
Most sessions will be attended by 20-25 people. There will be roughly 6-7 sessions going on at all times throughout the day.
Most of the rooms will have plenty of tables for hands-on workshops as well as projectors if participants would like to give a slide presentation. Weather permitting, we’ll have several outdoor spaces if you’d like to give your workshop outside.
If you have some specific needs for your presentations, just let us know. Discussion groups, round tables, Q&A, brainstorming together are also options. No sales pitches, but you can mention your organization if you have one – we want the local food and educational organizations to flourish!
The day is split into 60 minutes time slots. 45 minutes for the actual session, with 15 minutes between each session. However, if your workshop will take longer, just schedule it across multiple time slots.
What Will the Day be Like?
From 8:30-9am, people finish posting sessions to the session board. It’s a big board of all the sessions for the day. From 9-9:30, attendees plan which sessions they’ll want to attend. We’ll get a little feedback from everyone in order to make sure highly attended sessions aren’t being held at the same time – this is not an exact science.
After that, we will kick off after a brief welcome message from the organizers. There will be 6 time slots during the day, with sessions until 4:30pm. We will have a 60 minute break for lunch.
At 4pm we’ll have “lightning” talks, where anyone can ask a question, give a mini-presentation, or announce something. It’s basically an open mic time for anyone at the event.