FARMING AND FOOD JUSTICE
︎ September 2022︎
From those of us who simply love gardening, to those who nurture the romantic vision of farming as a livelihood, yet still wonder: How could I ever pull it off?
Many urbanites envision moving to the countryside to live the farming dream. They often don't know what they’re getting into—environmentally or financially—and as 98 percent of farms are “family farms” and 96 percent of landowners are also white (meaning virtually all of the land in this country is owned by white people) where do black and brown folks fit into this story of a return to the land?
This workshop is for you.
Whether raising grass-finished cows or growing organic-in-practice veggies, the learning curve is extreme on the land. There are a million practical considerations at all times, countless technical things that you need to know, not to mention marketing, building a website, and finding people to buy your products. In this course we see just what IS possible by visiting small and mid-sized farming operations in our region that are exploring different ways of growing food and doing “sustainable” agriculture.
In This Course We Will:
All on-site farming workshops will address the practical considerations of farming, issues of land sovereignty and equity, values-driven missions, and financial viability in plain-spoken truths.
︎Visit larger operations like Wally Farms which with 30 acres of farmed land in addition to more than 800 acres of forest, is currently incubating multiple farming techniques with bee, grain, market vegetable, hydroponics, a model forest, an orchard and tree nursery, as well as a permanent agriculture farm in a scalable farm business incubator model
︎ Learn from activist farms like the abolitionist Sweet Freedom Farm prioritizing an end to mass incarceration, offering alternatives to incarceration, and growing healthy food for our community and folks affected by the incarceration system
︎ Participate in workshops at Soul Fire Farm, an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system
︎Daily Activity Breakdown*︎
Friday, September 16
Student Arrival and Welcome Dinner at West Taghkanic Diner
Saturday, September 17
Farming as Activism
On-Site Workshop and Lunch at Sweet Freedom Farm
Sustainable (Environmentally and Financially) Farming Practices
On-Site Workshop and Dinner at Wally Farms
Campfire and Discussion
Sunday, September 18
Uprooting Racism and Land Sovereignty
On-Site Workshop and Lunch at Soul Fire Farm
Seed Saving, Seed Sovereignty, and Self-Sufficiency
On-Site Seed Workshop in Williamstown, MA
Dinner at Half Moon Pizza in Hudson, NY
*Dates and Guest Practitioners subject to change