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OUR LAND: A Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century

Conference/Symposium | April 26 | 6-8 p.m. |  Wheeler Hall and The David Brower Center

Berkeley Food Institute, Agrarian Trust, California Farm Link, Chelsea Green Publishing, The David Brower Center, Roots of Change

In the next two decades 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands. Will that land be consolidated into larger holdings and treated as a commodity or investment asset? Or will it prove the foundation for a new business, a next-generation farmer, a passionate entrepreneur? Join us for a weekend program to tackle the historical context, long-range implications and economic impact, and stewardship potential of the transition ahead.

April 26th, 6 PM
Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley campus

David vs. Goliath: Wes Jackson, The Land Institute

Land Grab: Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute

Revitalizing Land and Community through Urban Agriculture: Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, CA, and Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth

With introductions by Severine v T Fleming, Agrarian Trust

April 27th, 9:30 AM-4 PM
The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA

The Future of Family Farming: Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, Virginia

Introduced by Severine v T Fleming, Agrarian Trust

Land Reform: On the table

Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First, Oakland CA, and Raj Patel, Stuffed and Starved, San Francisco CA

Practical Solutions: New Economics

Sjoerd Wartena, Terre de Liens, France, Kathy Ruhf, Land for Good, NH, Reggie Knox, California Farmlink, Santa Cruz

Agrarian Principles: Historical Context

Elizabeth Henderson, Peaceworks Farm/Agricultural Justice Project, New York, Gary Nabhan, Author/Professor, Arizona

Discussion moderated by Dave Henson, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Evening Event: Reception and Screening of “The Last Crop” by Chuck Schultz // Sponsored by Vital Systems CA

5:30 pm @ Vital Systems CA (a short walk from the Brower Center)

“The Last Crop” is a tribute to farmers Annie and Jeff Main, and other small family farmers, whose lifelong work has changed our food system for the better. It is a CALL TO ACTION to ensure that our nation’s fertile farmland will be affordable to our next generation of such farmers.

Tickets are sliding scale.

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