Our Mission Statement

World on Your Plate works to restore the Earth:

  • By promoting sustainability for farmers, farmworkers, and consumers alike
  • Advancing education and action on issues on food safety, security, and sovereignty
  • Creating a table where all are welcome


John DeGraaf

This year's featured speaker is nationally acclaimed John DeGraaf, author, filmmaker, speaker and activist with a mission to help create a happy, healthy and sustainable quality of life for America. John has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and has lectured in more than one hundred American universities and in other countries including Brazil, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Hungary, Mexico and Austria (upcoming in September, 2017). Videos of some of his speeches can be viewed on his website; johndegraaf.com. Others are available on line in written form. We are extremely pleased and honored to have him back at WOYP this year!

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Walter Simpson
Climate Change – What Can We Hope for? What Should We Do Now?

Walter Simpson is an energy professional and environmental educator who served for 26 years as Energy Officer at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). At UB, he led a nationally recognized campus energy conservation program credited with over $100 million in savings. He also founded and directed the UB Green Office, UB’s environmental sustainability office, and taught many college-level energy and environmental courses.

After studying engineering at Lehigh University, Walter received a B.A. in philosophy from Boston University, and master’s degrees in philosophy and environmental studies from UB. He is editor/co-author of The Green Campus: Meeting the Challenge of Environmental Sustainability and author of Cool Campus! A How-to Guide for College and University Climate Action Planning. A former director of the Western New York Peace Center, he first became interested in the energy issue when he realized that energy waste and foreign energy dependence could cause war as well as environmental harm.

Walter has had a lifelong interest in railroads, and, with the assistance of many experts, has applied his knowledge of energy to the subject of diesel-electric locomotives—producing this groundbreaking, comprehensive volume. He and his wife Nan reside in a super-insulated solar home in Amherst, New York. Their son Jay works in law enforcement and their daughter Skye is a writer and editor.

The author can be reached at enconser@buffalo.edu.


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Friday Evening

5:00 P.M. - Registration
5:30 P.M. - Taco Buffet (If you desire, bring a dessert to share)
6:00 P.M. - Film: "Redefining Prosperity: The Goldrushes of Nevada City"

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8:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. - Registration
9:00 A.M. - 9:15 A.M. - Welcome
9:15 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. - Featured Speaker: John DeGraaf
10:30 to 11:30 A.M. - Workshop Session I
11:45 A.M. to 12:45 P.M. Workshop Session II
12:45 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. - Organic Vegetarian Lunch
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. - Featured Speaker: Walter Simpson - Climate Change – What Can We Hope for? What Should We Do Now?
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. - Book Signing, Vendors, raffle & more

Ticket Info

  • Tickets include all meals and activities.
  • Friday & Saturday: $35 preregistered, $40 at the door
  • Friday Only: $10 preregistered, $15 at the door
  • Students pre-registered & with ID are free.
  • Financial assistance is available.

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In addition to local farmers, we also have other valuable resources and links to check out including farmer's markets, agricultural societies, and much more.

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