This October, participants attending "Food, Culture, Justice: The Gumbo That Unites Us All" will get a glimpse of what could be the future of food in New Orleans. Hosted by the Community Food Security Coalition, New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, the conference explores the current obstacles and the latest strides in getting healthy, affordable food to city residents. Participants can attend field trips visiting Louisiana's bayous and inner city areas, co-ops, farms, community gardens and schools. Workshops and courses will focus on nutrition, federal assistance for school meals, urban agriculture, healthy food access for low-income neighborhoods and other topics addressing food safety and sustainability. The conference is Oct. 16-19 at the Sheraton New Orleans (500 Canal St.). Visit www.communityfoodconference.org for more information.