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uvm food summit

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All people deserve access to adequate, nutritious food. The complicated and provocative question for the fourth annual UVM Food Systems Summit on June 16-17 is how to provide this basic human right.

UVM will be partnering with Vermont Law School to host the Summit this year, which focuses on “The Right to Food: Power, Policy and Politics in the 21st Century.” Keynote speakers from across the country and local presenters will be talking about food security in Vermont, the nation, and around the world.

Here is the UVM Food Systems Summit press release.
Online registration closes June 9th.


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our museums have a Koch problem

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In awesome and snarky new exhibit in Atlanta, artist collective Not an Alternative

  • recreates exhibits from New York’s Natural History Museum,
  • emphasizes green-washing in Americam museums, add much-missing context, and
  • points out that New York’s Natural History Museum is financially backed by “an oil billionaire and climate science denier who profits from the burning of fossil fuels, and funds (to the tun of tens of millions of dollars) climate science disinformation campaigns.”

You can read the article that they penned for The Guardian about the exhibit here.


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north carolina cooperators gathering may 22-23

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The Northern Carolina Cooperators are gathering THIS WEEKEND as part of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project for socializing, networking, and workshopping.

Their website described the event: “The North Carolina Cooperators Gathering is an opportunity for social justice activists and those interested in growing cooperative businesses and economies in North Carolina to gather, learn more about cooperatives and network with like-minded people across the state.”

The conference is an extremely affordable $25 and open to all. Here’s a little peak at the agenda:

Friday, May 22nd
6:30pm Dinner (for those who are interested)
7:30pm Social Activity
8:00pm – 10:00pm Bonfire

Saturday, May 23rd
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Opening/Welcome/Introductions (3-minute synopsis of projects)
10:00am Cooperatives and Social Justice Discussion
11:30am Early Lunch
12:30pm Afternoon Workshops
3:30pm Closing
4:00pm Adjourn

Email Tyler at tyler@commonenterprise.coop for more information!


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free viewing of “Grazers: A Cooperative Story” april 30th in ballston spa, ny

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County will host a free(!) viewing of the film Grazers: A Cooperative Story.
When: Thursday, April 30th 2015 at 7pm at the 4-H Training Center
Where: 556 Middleline Road Ballston Spa, NY
Why: New York State loses a farm every three days, and with it a way of life, generations of farming knowledge, small town infrastructure and a whole landscape. Filmed over the course of two-years, Grazers: A Cooperative Story follows a group of fiercely independent farmers in upstate New York as they create a beef cooperative to hold on to their failing farms. Grazers explores the demise of the family farm and rural landscape and the emergence of a new, local food movement that links country and city in an effort to improve food quality and retain local farms.
How: The viewing is free, however pre-registration is encouraged. Please call 518-885-8995 to register. Visit http://www.grazersfilm.com/ or contact Carter Older at co263@cornell.edu for more information.


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launch of farmhack uk in gloucestershire!

On Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April 2015 The Landworkers Alliance will be hosting the first ever FarmHack event outside of North America at Ruskin Mill Farm, Gloucestershire, UK. The event will bring together farmers, growers, fabricators, engineers and IT programmers to demonstrate and share tools, skills and ideas. Over the two days there will be field demonstrations, practical workshops, seminars, entertainment, good food, local ale and a stomping ceilidh. 

FarmHack is a community of farmers and growers developing appropriate tools for small scale ecological farming. It was co-founded by The Greenhorns, Greenstart, and The National Young Farmers Colation in the U.S. in 2010 and has since held regular events to bring the community together on farms and in workshops across the USA. FarmHack is founded on the principles of open source technology meaning that tools and techniques are also shared and developed on the online forum farmhack.net.

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