May 2014 Newsletter from Agrarian Trust,
a project of the Schumacher Center for New Economics.
Happy to report a roaring success, and a full house for last weekend's OUR LAND Symposium. To our delight, Sunday's event was totally sold out 2 weeks in advance.
Thank you to all who came out to discuss Farmland Access in the 21st Century and special thanks to our wonderful speakers: Joel Salatin, Kathy Ruhf, Gary Nabhan, Gloria Robinson, Wes Jackson, Raj Patel, Gayle Mclaughlin, Anuradha Mittal, Elizabeth Henderson, Eric Holt Gimenez, Reggie Knox and Severine v T Fleming.
Many of you were not able to attend in person for agricultural or geographic reasons. Here are the PODCASTS we promised!
The conversation about Our Land is far from over. For those on the east coast, we hope you can attend this fall's Symposium in Connecticut. More details on that soon, but we know that Professor Eric Freyfogle will be speaking. Tell your friends be they landseekers or "impact investors:" join the conversation, don't miss out on the next symposium, join our mailing list.
Meanwhile, we've created a variety of land access resources for farmers, landowners, farm service providers, and more. These include a digital resource map, guidebooks, and a webfilm series on 'the land question.'
The Serve Your Country Food Map
Web TV Series!
We also invite you, especially those of you looking for
land, to spend some time with our compilation of LAND ACCESS STORIES. Agrarian Trust has been cataloguing these stories, along with revising the scholarship on land reform efforts across the world and across history.
These stories and our LAND ACCESS STRATEGIES,
may help inform your own land strategy, and for service providers, help broaden your repertoire.
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SAVE THE DATES to hear our co-founder
Severine v T Fleming, speak about Agrarian Trust:
JUNE 11-13, 2014 at the 12th Annual
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Conference
OCTOBER 17-19, 2014 at the 25th Annual Bioneers Conference
We would love to hear your feedback and reflections on our newly released "Agrarian Trust Principles." We intend this list for entering farmers, retiring farmers, investors and service providers, to serve as a metric for evaluating partnerships, lease agreements, and land transfers. We think these principles can support decision making in the best interest of our land, now and in the future. By pointing our efforts at the long term, we can ensure that our communities and families may experience food security, democratic self-determination, and regional resilience. Given the importance of understanding, articulating, and sharing core values, we would especially love your comments. Please view and comment on these principles here.
We are all living on the same land, for the sake of our children, may it sing with health.
Severine v T Fleming
Ann Marie Rubin
(Agrarian Trust startup team)