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Long Island Food Conference sees chefs from Nick & Toni's, Hush Bistro, more, participating

Heirloom tomatoes at the Greenport Farmers Market were

Heirloom tomatoes at the Greenport Farmers Market were grown by Stephanie Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms in Southold on Sept. 8, 2012. Gaylor will speaking about seed saving at the Long Island Food Conference at Hofstra University on April 23, 2015. Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

Sustainable local food — growing, promoting, cooking and eating it — is the focus of the Long Island Food Conference, which will be held April 25 at Hofstra University in Hempstead.

Local chefs Marc Anthony Bynum (Hush Bistro, Farmingdale), Bryan Futerman (Nick & Toni’s, East Hampton), Jay Jadeja (West East All Natural Bistro & Wine Bar) and Pierre Thiam (Pierre Thaim Catering, Brooklyn) will take part in a panel titled “Chefs Influencing the Marketplace.”

Other programs include: "Aquaculture"; "The Life Cycle of Our Food: From Alternative Growing Methods to Reducing Food Waste"; "Food Demonstration: Getting Dinner on the Table Is a Political Act"; "Eating for Health"; "Food Justice"; "Food Labeling: What's Hiding in Your Food"; "Creating and Sustaining a Community Garden"; "Starting a School Garden"; "Seed Saving"; "Food Policy"; "Slow Money: Investing, Divesting and Digesting"; and "Which is the Most Sustainable? Plant-Based, Organic, or Local."

The Long Island Food Conference is at Hofstra University (Hempstead Turnpike in Hempstead) on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for college students. Entrance is free for Hofstra students and children 6 to 17.

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