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technology & human consciousness: upcoming conference

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On October 25th and 26th the City University of New York will host a teach-in and public forum on Techno-Utopianism & The Fate of Earth. The purpose of the conference will be to give attendees a fuller understanding of how technological advancement has impacted the environment, as well as its impact on human cognition and social relationships. By broadening our understanding of the ever-developing threats to our earth, the conference will also open up the prospect of developing a new consciousness about political organizing and economic restructuring that can work against the increasing domination of technology in our time.

The speakers will include international activist and thinker Vandana Shiva, author and environmentalist Bill McKibbon, consumer advocate and politician Ralph Nader, and Greenhorns founder Severine von Tscharner Fleming. The numerous talks will be supplemented by lively discussion, film screenings, and workshops.

Jerry Mander, another speaker at the conference, has said in an interview from 2001 that “just as other creatures co-evolve with their environment, we are co-evolving with our technologies. In nature, creatures evolve by adjusting and reacting to other creatures. It used to be that way with human beings as well. But now we are co-evolving mainly with machines. Our compromise with them is that we start to become like them — we have to become a little like them in order to use them.” Continue reading


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Severine, greenhorns founder, to be keynote speaker and panelist at bioneers conference

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October 17-19, 2014

Keynote:  Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed (Oct. 17)

In the next 20 years, farmland ownership will shift on a continental scale—400 million acres, yet 70% of American farmland is owned by people 65 and older. How can we help young, motivated agrarians survive daunting structural obstacles and become successful farmers to whom retiring organic farmers can transmit their wisdom? How can we invest in the democratization of our land base? These questions drive Agrarian Trust, started by by Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most dynamic leaders in the young farmers’ movement.

Three leading innovators show how to transform the food system to expand local economies and nurture vibrant community cultures. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director, Bioneers Restorative Food Systems program. With: Michael H. Shuman, expert on community economics, author of Local Dollars, Local Sense; Severine v T Fleming, farmer, activist, filmmaker, founder of Greenhorns; Karen Brown, Creative Director of Center for Ecoliteracy.

Activists, scientists and grassroots groups are leveraging new technology and collaborative networks to accurately monitor the quality of the environment, expose governmental and corporate abuses, and enable large-scale ecological research to understand the web of life in the age of climate disruption. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Bioneers Director of Strategic Network Initiatives. With: Severine v T Fleming, Farm Hack; Shannon Dosemagen, founder/President, New Orleans-based Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science; Brian Haggerty, co-designer, USA National Phenology Network, a multisectoral climate change research program using citizen scientists to monitor seasonal behavior of U.S. flora and fauna.
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MOFGA’s farmer to farmer conference

Every year farmers and other agricultural experts from Maine and beyond gather at MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer mofgaConference to share their expertise about organic cultivation and marketing.

This year the conference takes place fromNovember 1 to 3 at Point Lookout in Northport. It includes tours of the draft-powered North Branch Farm in Monroe and Bahner Farm’s mixed vegetable operation in Belmont.
Dan Brisebois will deliver the keynote address, “Integrating Seed Production into a Market Garden.” Brisebois farms at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm in Quebec and co-authored “Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers.”

The core of the conference – two full days of educational workshops – maximizes peer-to-peer information sharing. More than 30 workshops are scheduled on topics ranging from farming with draft animals to learning the pros and cons of value-added food processing. Continue reading


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bioneers conference 2014: register now!

October 17-19th

San Rafael, CA

After a quarter-century, the Bioneers community of leadership has learned a thing or two about breakthrough solutions and what directions to head in. Like a magnifying glass channeling sunlight, the “Growing The Movement” theme is designed to help focalize this wealth of community wisdom, skillfulness and vision into beams of action – a trellis of light on which our shared work can grow.

This year’s gathering will include a powerful cross-section of speakers including Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Terry Tempest Williams, Patricia Gualinga, and Paul Stamets.

Please join us for a weekend-long revolution from the heart of nature. To register or learn more, CLICK HERE!


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watch the farm aid concert live from home!

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Watch the Concert Live!

If you’re not joining us in Raleigh this year, you can still help celebrate from home. Watch live in HD on AXS TV starting at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific. Or you can watch our HD webcast, Farm Aid 2014 Presented by Amy’s Kitchen starting at 5pm Eastern on FarmAid.org.

Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (59), will begin its coverage at noon Eastern.


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NESAWG conference registration open

get all of the details HERE!

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Our 2014 It Takes a Region conference will be held November 11-12 at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Pre- conference sessions begin November 10.

This year’s theme: REGION-SIZING: MAKING IT WORK!
What does it take to make our food system strong, resilient and region-sized?  What does real collaboration and cooperation look like?   How can we be more effective?  We’ll be exploring the various channels, mechanisms, structures and infrastructures for making region-sizing work at NESAWG’s 2014 It Takes a Region Conference. 

Together, we’ll explore some of the tremendous advances we’ve made in region-sizing the food system to date, as well as new opportunities for collaboration.  We’ll explore and address the work of farmers, food hubs, cooperatives, and market innovators, non-governmental organizations and Departments of Agriculture, independent researchers, land grant universities, farmworkers, as well as the efforts of science writers and journalists to amplify our stories.  On Tuesday evening, our keynote speaker Jim Hightower will issue a rallying cry for collaboration and change.  Read more. >

Whether you’re a farmer, market manager, ecologist, health care professional, regional planner, educator, advocate, community organizer,  or other food systems practitioner; whether you’re working from environmental, economic, or social angles, we invite you to roll up your sleeves and develop strategies with your colleagues, from NY to WV and all across New England. Join us for Region-sizing: Making It Work! Register here

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