This roundtable brings together Canadian stakeholders working on new farmer issues under the New Farmers’ Initiative, a partnership of FarmStart, along with Food Secure Canada and the Canadian National Farmers’ Union Youth Coalition. The Roundtable is part of Food Secure Canada’s 8th Annual Assembly in Halifax, Nova Scotia from November 13-16th.
Today’s green movement is considered by some Millennials and Gen Xers to be an equivalent to the Civil Rights struggle—the organizing principal propelling young people into action. Recent decades have seen unprecedented environmental demonstration in Washington, as well as committed political activism from the likes of 350.org, which is staffed almost entirely by Millennials. Yet during this same era, the movement has nevertheless suffered major blows due to legislative decision-making (or lack thereof). As a result, disbelief in government as a driver of meaningful change seems to be growing, as well as turning some young, would-be activists, like Miller and Shapero, toward small-scale farming.
One young farmer, Trish Jenkins, who co-owns and operates Cycle Farm in the Black Hills of South Dakota told me that the connotation of what it means to be an environmentalist is changing. “To me, twenty years ago, it meant people who saved the rainforest,” she said. “But we’re making a difference on our own land. We’re storing food, we’re sequestering carbon, we’re using our bicycles to take our crops to market. People still need to write letters, and lobby, and wear their ‘Save the Whales’ t-shirts. But they need to do the hands-on work, too.” Click HERE to read this article!
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Today being yet another day of cold wind I thought it might be time for a PUNK YEOMAN PEP TALK.
Which I think is a new format for missives too short for the book, too relevant for pencil.
the art of punk yeomanry is in fact a kind of deliberate and proactive socio-homeopathy.
meaning, it’s about asserting your values, rights and vision in the world. Fiercely, but lovingly.