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san juan islands agricultural summit


The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit is back in 2016!  This year it will take place in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island on Friday and Saturday, February 12-13th.  Join fellow farmers, regional experts, local food and farm advocates for three days of education, inspiration, and camaraderie.  

Registration is now open! Sign up before February 1st for Early Bird Pricing: Early bird rate for the Saturday Summit is $50 pp, or $55 pp including a ticket to Friday night’s Plenary Talk by Dr. Courtney White.

Click here to Register.

Keynote speakers for 2016 will include

  • Courtney White, author of Soil, Grass, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country, and Two Percent Solutions for the Planet.  White offers positive solutions for farmers to “regenerate the planet now, rather than in some distant future.”
  • Severine von Tscharner-Fleming will also join the Summit as a keynote speaker.  Severine is a visionary, farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Champlain Valley of New York.  She is founder and director of The Greenhorns, a grassroots cultural organization with the mission to promote, recruit and support a growing movement of young farmers and ranchers in America. She also co-founded the National Young Farmers Coalition, the Agrarian Trust, and Maine Sail Freight. She is a director of the Schumacher Center for New Economics.

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just food? forum on land use, rights and ecology. registration open now


March 25th and 26th, 2016, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

This year’s Just Food? conference will examine the relationship between people and land, primarily through agriculture and food. Conference events will explore the legal, moral, policy, health, historic and environmental aspects of our domestic and international food system, with a focus on the intersection of land and justice. The conference will bring together scholars, farmers, activists, practitioners, and other authorities to discuss the growing concerns about who has access to land, how agriculture changes land, and who is marginalized or dispossessed by our current system. Our goal is to educate attendees, empower them to make changes, and engage them in a larger dialogue about food.

Keynotes speakers include:

Smita Narula, from the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.

Jo Guldi, from Brown University


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making it happen: pr0fitability and success workshop!

Join YFN, The Carrot Project, and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for a full day workshop
on MONDAY DEC 7th at the Anawan Grange Hall in Rehoboth MA.
AM session.. basic farm accounting and tax preparation with Carolyn Huff from Farm Credit East.
Lunch provided.
PM session.. Benneth Phelps and Noelle Fogg lead Making It Happen, an afternoon of interactive financial management skill building.
Evening 30 min time slots… 2-on-1 farm finance advising with the presenters… sign up for a time slot and send in your recent finance documents ahead of time to take full advantage of this “Ask the Experts” opportunity!!!
Full day, with lunch, and opportunity for personalized financial counseling is only $15 !! Register today and get your winter off to a good start having logged some critical financial brain time for the success of your farm business.

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beginning farmers to gather in greenfield, mass


December 12, 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Arts Block, 4 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301

Join the Northeast New Agrarian Network—a new coalition of farm organizations with a focus on young and beginning farmers—at the First Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering on December 12 in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The convergence will bring together farmers based across New England and New York State to consider issues facing agricultural community today: from diversity and justice, to organizing and leveraging the collective voice of young farmers towards legislative change.

New England Farmers Union is one of seven organizations hosting this event. The others are the National Young Farmer Coalition and its Hudson Valley, NY, chapter; the Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts; New Connecticut Farmer Alliance; Young Farmer Network (RI); and the Harvard Food Literacy Project.

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march 25th and 26th, 2016: just food? forum on land use, rights and ecology

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Does your work connect to land and food? The Harvard Just Food? Forum seeks proposals that focus on issues of land justice in the food system. We encourage proposals that highlight entrepreneurial initiatives and insights, lessons learned, successes, and opportunities to create a more just food system. We are especially seeking panels and workshops that include people at the center of food and land, practitioners who can speak from their own experiences alongside advocates and academics. We are seeking two different types of proposals:
  • Concurrent sessions: Workshop, talk or panel format to educate and share research and knowledge of a topic and spark conversation and ideas.
  • Posters and exhibits: Scholars and entrepreneurs are invited to showcase their work.
  • Peasant movements
  • Indigenous land rights
  • Farmer land access and tenure
  • History of land, wealth and power
  • Dispossessed and oppressed people and land
  • A human rights approach to land access
  • Urban land, poverty and housing
  • Farming practices and land ecology
  • Suggest your own!

Agrarian Trust is a collaborator on this conference!

To learn more, click HERE!


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