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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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visit sev on an island this feb!


Summit Dates: February 11-13, 2016
Summit Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit is back in 2016!  Returning to Friday Harbor, it will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 11-13th.  Join fellow farmers, regional experts, local food and farm advocates for two days of education, inspiration, and camaraderie.

Keynote speakers for 2016 will include Severine von Tscharner-Fleming, a 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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sail freight projects abound! meet the new FoodBargeHack @ It Takes a Region


We are SO HAPPY to see continued discussion of SAIL FREIGHT!

As you may remember, we’ve been obsessed since our first sail freight project in VERMONT a few years ago, and then again in with Maine Sail Freight this past August.

Like they said in the Portland Press Herald:

“It’s art. It’s protest. It’s celebration. And, who knows? It may even be a practical way to get cargo to market.”

AND NOW, inspired by Sail Freight and Farm Hack, there will be a FoodBarge Hack lunch Friday Nov. 13, at NEWSAG‘s It Takes a Region Conference. The event’s organizer’s write:

“Together, we will envision an energy efficient, sustainable regional food system using our waterways. We will focus on how to connect mid-sized upstate farmers with underserved NYC neighborhoods using a barge on the Hudson River, and challenge the status quo. With your help, we want take real steps towards a viable alternative to food filled trucks on our roads.”

Please note that you must be attending the conference and should RSVP to Jill Slater in advance if you would like lunch.

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it takes a region, saratoga springs, nov. 12-14

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Back in June, we posted about the upcoming NESAWG (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group) It Takes a Region Conference. And maybe, at that moment, you thought that this year’s theme of “Putting MOVE in the Movement” was so freaking great that you signed up immediately. If so, good for you! But maybe you, like me, were busy planting kale starts, packing for market, coordinating campaigns, or any of the many other June activities that might keep a Greenhorn busy and, planning to sign up later, left the conference page open in a tab on your browser for months. If so, I wanted to gently remind you that It Takes A Region is in THREE WEEKS: Nov. 12-14 in Saratoga Springs, NY. And, phew, it is not too late to register!

This year’s conference will focus on studying social movements of the recent past in relation to our current work in sustainable food systems and food justice. Examples of workshops include sessions on: Addressing Racism in the Food System, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast, and Food Hubs. The conference is geared towards farmers, nonprofit professionals, activists, and journalists alike, and there is ample discussion time built into the conference schedule.

A few more logistical things to consider: the deadline to book hotels rooms with the special conference discount is October 28, and there are ride and roommate boards available for those looking to share rooms and/or carpool. For all other information, check out the exceptionally-easy-to-navigate conference website.

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an entire conference just for farm access geeks, october 19, new gloucester, maine

What do we at the Greenhorns love about a Farm Access conference? Oh, just give us a second to count the ways.

  1. The Farmland Access Conference will offer workshops and mentoring for farmers looking for land, landowners looking for farmers, and farmers looking to transition their land to a younger generation. And to start, we just love the idea that all of these people will have an other opportunity to be around the same coffee table.
  2. The entire day is COMPLETELY DEVOTED to strategies for increasing farmer access to farmland. Plenty of big conferences offer an hour-long workshop or two on this subject, but often they can only cover the basics in the time allotted. As anyone looking for land/looking for something to do with their land knows, the subject encompasses plenty of nuance.
  3. The agenda. It is. so. great. (Some workshop topic highlights:  Protecting the Farm with an Agricultural Conservation Easement, Creating Successful and Satisfying Lease Agreements, and Innovative Land Access Strategies, to name a few.)
  4. The registration is an extremely reasonable $25, which covers not only entrance to the conference but also lunch.

The conference is happening from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 19th at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, ME. Registration is now open at the sponsor organization Maine Farmland Trust‘s website.


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