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NYC Land Rights Meetup Friday Nov 21 6-8pm
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WHAT: 400 Million Acres of Farmland meet up this Friday in the East Village (drinks and land rights discussion)

WHO: Featuring Professor Eric Freyfogle, Caroline Woolard, Jean Willoughby, Severine v T Fleming, presented by Agrarian Trust and Slow Money NYC

WHEN: Friday November 21st, 6-8 pm

WHERE: Jimmy's Back Room | 43 East 7th Street

WHY: Today, we face an unprecedented inflection of farmland ownership, with 70% of farmland owned by those 65 and older. An estimated 400 million acres will change hands in the next 20 years, which is just about the size of the Louisiana Purchase. Retiring farmers need to cash out, and entering farmers struggle to cash in, while economists predict massive consolidation in ownership as a result. What are the implications of this moment, what are the political and economical consequences of financialization and how can we impact the decisions on the ground? We'll face this cultural, economic, and environmental dilemma from a landscape perspective.



 

EVENT DETAILS: Eric Freyfogle, Swanlund Chair at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will help set the context of our current predicament, and inform our collective work supporting a shift to a new food paradigm. Eric's books include: The Agrarian Reader, Wilderness Law, On Private Property: Finding Common Ground on the Ownership of Land (Beacon Press, 2007; paper ed. 2009) and The Land We Share: Private Property and the Common Good (Island Press, 2003; paper ed. 2011), along with two law school casebooks, Natural Resources Law: Private Rights and Collective Governance (Thomson/West, 2007) and Property Law: Power, Governance, and the Common Good (Thompson/West 2012).

Eric will be joined by North Carolinian board member of Agrarian Trust, Jean Willoughby who directs the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) and is the head of their new Cooperative Development program for farmer-owned cooperative enterprises. We'll also hear about land reform efforts in NYC with Caroline Woolard, artist and organizer of Trade School and OURGOODS. She is working on commons based solutions for affordable housing for artists and low income New Yorkers. Moderating the session is Severine v T Fleming, founder of Greenhorns, board secretary of Farm Hack, and founding board member of Agrarian Trust.

We'll have Agrarian Trust manuals, 596 Acres guides to community land, model lease agreements, and other printed materials on hand. Come join us in learning about land access, land transfer, and land reform. For background, here is a video of Severine's land access presentation at Slow Money's National Gathering last week in Kentucky.

This event presented is by Agrarian Trust, in partnership with Slow Money NYC and friends. Hope to see you there!

-Agrarian Trust Team
www.agrariantrust.org
Agrarian Trust, a project of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics
140 Jug End Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
 
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