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Creating an Equitable Food System & Resource Opportunities to Support Farm Success

Tilth Conference 2019

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Creating an Equitable Food System & Resource Opportunities to Support Farm Success

How Do We Build Equity Into Our Food System? /¿Cómo fomentar la equidad a nuestro sistema alimentario?

  • Maureen Darras, Community to Community Development; Edgar Franks and Marciano Sanchez, Familias Unidas por La Justicia
  • Familias Unidas por la Justicia and Community to Community Development, two farmworker-led organizations based in Whatcom County and Skagit County, will discuss the importance of the passage of SB 5438, "Concerning the H-2A temporary agricultural program", an unprecedented bill in Washington State that funds the establishment of an office specifically tasked with monitoring labor, housing and health and safety requirements for farms using the H2A visa program, as well as prioritizing outreach to domestic farm workers prior to using the H2A program. We will provide context for why this victory is part of our shared strategy of transitioning the local food system towards worker justice, ecofeminism and a solidarity economy, and we will open the panel up to Q & A at the end.

Just and Reliable Future for Agriculture Workers / Un futuro justo y confiable para los trabajadores agrícolas

  • Jen Witherspoon, Silverwell Farm; Felipe Perez III; Nansy Venegas, Helsing Junction Farms; Elizabeth Bragg, Long Hearing Farm; moderated by Emma Shorr, Steel Wheel Farm
  • Much of the work being done by advocates of small scale organic farming is focused on the farm owners, and supporting the students, interns and other beginning farmers just entering the work force. But how do we create well-paying, reliable and just farm work that works for both the farmer and farmworkers? How do we build a situation where the farmworker has growth and trajectory, independence and comfort? What models are working? How are farms adapting to rising minimum wages? What needs of farmworkers are not being met? This panel will explore the topics surrounding pay, benefits, responsibilities and needs of farmworkers. Farm owners should expect to come to listen and learn. This will be a discussion led by the voices of farm workers and laborers.
The Black Experience in the Pacific Northwest: Food Systems — Then & Now
  • Nyema Clark, Nurturing Roots Farm; Jamese Kwele, Ecotrust Food Equity; Matthieu Kambumba, African Immigrant Farmer; moderated by Edward Benote Hill, NW Black Food Sovereignty Coalition
  • This session unpacks the history of Black people in the Pacific Northwest from George Washington Bush to those serving as the next generations of regional growers. This interactive discussions will build common understanding around the history of the Pacific Northwest, land rights, discrimination, and the ongoing efforts to build a growing community around food justice and food economies, while actively addressing ongoing challenges around racial disparities, access, and barriers to fully realizing a strong and resilient Black and African-identified food community.

Policy Advocacy in Olympia and the Sustainable Farming Grant Program

  • Stephanie Williams, The Nature Conservancy; Peter Kelly, Carbon Washington
  • This session will provide attendees with the basics of how the state legislature operates and can be influenced through advocacy. We'll discuss some key players and organizations working at this level and various ways individuals can make their voices better heard in Olympia. We'll go over the current landscape for ag-related policy in Washington and discuss what topics will be addressed and policies we might see in the near future. Then, we'll take a deeper dive into the content and status of SB 5947, which would establish the sustainable farms and fields grant program and have a discussion of how attendees might support or improve future versions. The grant program would have been a voluntary program to pay farmers and ranchers to adopt regenerative agricultural practices that build soil carbon, reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and reduce energy use. Most funding would have been prioritized according to carbon stored or not emitted per state dollar spent.

Fight Hunger, Fund Farmers

  • Katie Rains, WSDA Food Assistance Specialist; David Bobanick, Harvest Against Hunger; Jeff Mathias, Blue Mountain Action Council
  • You may have heard about nutrition incentive programs (FINI) gaining popularity and resources over the past few years, but have you heard about WSDA’s Farm to Food Pantry (F2FP) partnership? F2FP is a unique investment of state dollars and local matching funds dedicated to support local food pantries and food banks by funding wholesale contracts – complete with upfront CSA-style payments – to secure local, fresh food for their clients. With each passing year, participating counties secure more local matching funds, meaning larger and/or more purchases from local farms, and through F2FP branding and cross-marketing with local farmers markets, food pantry clients build brand recognition and loyalty toward local farmers to use their basic food benefits! Join us for a lively panel presentation where participating farmers, food pantry managers, WSDA, and Harvest Against Hunger partners will recount our unique roles within this fascinating initiative, share our vision for scaling it up and sustaining it statewide, invite your suggestions and feedback, and share how YOU can be part of it. This session will also include best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for getting involved with FINI.
Cultivating Success: Building a Statewide Small Farms Network — The Future of Small Farms in WA
  • Nicole Witham and Laura Lewis, WSU Food Systems
  • This session will focus on new and beginning farm resources and small farms demographic information for the state of WA. Close to 90% of the farmer constituency in WA is considered small farms - those that gross under $250k per year. These are important small business owners that play a crucial roll in the regional economic and environmental feedback loop for the state. Come learn more about this group, meet some successful small farmers, and hear about educational resources to build your sustainable small farm business. 
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