Our Work

Connect – Collaborate – Transform

Farmer holding green onions bunched at Mountain Sweet Berry Farm in Roscoe, NY.

Mountain Sweet Berry Farm in Roscoe, NY.

Our Mission

Change Food is a grassroots movement creating a healthy, equitable food system from the ground up.  

Through conferences, events and special projects, Change Food raises public awareness, educates and connects various parts of the ever-expanding food movement.

Goals of Change Food:

  • Help build a healthy, equitable food system from the ground up.
  • Facilitate networking and collaboration within all aspects of the food movement, including for profit and nonprofit areas and the rural and urban divide. 
  • Broaden exposure and impact of the work of successful organizations and companies already in existence through marketing and special events.

Change Food Projects:

  • Change Food Fest is a thought-provoking, TED-like event to promote critical issues and elevate leaders in the food movement. The event also builds bridges, facilitates networking and furthers the success of groups already working for food system change.  All talks are professionally filmed and housed in the Change Food Video Library. (The Change Food Fest is currently growing into something much bigger – please stay tuned for more info.)
  • Video Library houses all videos from Change Food events, along with supplementary resources. This content is marketed to connectors across the country and, increasingly, around the world, allowing anyone anywhere to put on a local event to create change in their community. It is also an educational platform for interested consumers.
  • Women in Food Farming and Food Tech (WiFFFT) – WiFFFT is an association for women in all aspects of food so we can support each other and our work.
  • Community Dinners and Salons are held around the country as a way to glean feedback on work being done, as well as to ascertain new issues that need to be addressed/solved.  They are also tools to build community and solve problems related to food.

Change Food is headed by founder and executive director Diane Hatz.  Hatz brings with her 20 years of experience in the food movement, including her previous positions as the founder/organizer of TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat,” executive producer of The Meatrix movies, founder and director of Sustainable Table, and founder and director of the Eat Well Guide.

“I believe we already have the solutions to our problems with food,” says Hatz.  “We need to find and promote the people and programs that are already making a difference while mentoring the new generation of passionate individuals who will be tomorrow’s leaders.”

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/changefood or follow Change Food through Twitter and Instagram @changeourfood.

Photo by Horseman Trail Farm

Photo by Horseman Trail Farm