OUR LAND 2: Tracing the Acequia Commons
A Symposium about land transition, continuity, and commons.
NOVEMBER 9-17th 2016
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Films. Talks. Exhibit. Acequia Walk.
Can our regions shift towards food sovereignty?
Can our agrarian systems become more harmonious with their wild habitat?
Can we maintain our traditional commons?
The complete program, speakers bios, schedule and locations are all on the website www.agrariantrust.org/2016symposium (or scroll down to see the full schedule of events)
You can learn about the work of the speakers at the event’s facebook page, where we’ve posted videos, articles, and links.
Speakers include: Mary Wood, Ruth Breach, Rick Prelinger, Kim Stringfellow, Sylvia Rodriguez, Allyson Siwik, Tezozomoc, Eric Holt-Gimenez, Miguel Santiestevan, Devon Pina, Stanley Crawford, and Alex Pino.
Artists include: Sharon Steward, Kim Stringfellow, Emily Volger, Ildi Carlise-Cummings, Kaitlin Bryson, Nancy Dewhurst, Erin Fussell, Bill Gilbert, Andrea Gohl, Ryan Henel, Catherine Harris, Jeanette Hart-Mann, Cecilia McKinnon, Sarah Molina, Hollis Moore, Hamshya Rajkumar, Kacie Smith, Molly Zimmer, Rachel Zollinger, and more!
OUR LAND 2 has a focus on the lessons of the acequia irrigation commons, a 400 year old system that supports dryland agriculture.
This is an epically swoon-able event:
- to support the progressive, collectively-own integrated urban Letterbox Farm,
- catered by the up-and-coming culinary geniuses at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis,
- with DRINKS IN THE GARDEN,
- a multi-course dinner under the stars in the field of
- “bright & bold tropical dishes inspired by the founders combined roots in Latin America & the North American South”
We’re not exactly in the vicinity to attend this one, so the least you can do is do us the favor of going in our place. Learn more and purchase tickets, here!
Everything from a full moon harvest hike to a pig roast to a floral harvest mixer. See the full schedule!
Mainers should take note that they have three opportunities this weekend to see the talented and charming Adam Nordell and Johanna Davis, partners and farmers of Songbird Farm in Unity, ME. To celebrate the release of Adam’s most recent album, Maine Farmland Trust is hosting a mini concert series: Deering Grange in Portland on August 25; The Hub in Unity on August 26; and Halcyon Grange in Blue Hill on August 27.
Nordell and Davis are small grain and mixed vegetables farmers by day and summer and traveling musicians by night and winter. They bring a banjo, guitar, and a fiddle to the stage with boot-stomping energy to dances, concerts, and workshops around New England. The latest CD is something of a musical meditation on agrarian life, and I’ll bet you 10 ears of fresh-picked sweet corn that Nordell’s description will resonate with all you small-scale veggie farmers out there:
“You might think of this as a slow-song movement: I’ll get the seed of a song while I’m doing field work, maybe cultivating beets. Something like ”The red dirt shows in the space between the rows. That grass will grow back, we’ll be back at it with our hoes.” I’ll get stuck on those two lines for a long time. But then I’ll be hoeing an identical row of beets two years later, and out of nowhere, that lyric will come rushing back, followed by the rest of the song. It will have accumulated all of these images from the farm and our travels, and maybe – hopefully – it will have something broader to say.”
Listen to some of their music, here!