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Diversifying the Farming Landscape

Veterans in Agriculture

  • Justin Alves, Washington State Chapter Farmer Veteran Coalition
  • A survey of partners and programs state wide currently supporting veterans in agriculture. Workshop participants can expect to have a better understanding of programs for finance, business planning, land access and farming practices available to them in Washington State. Topic will be geared to veteran-specific projects, programs and education. 

Washington State Food Sovereignty

  • Chrys Ostrander, Heartsong Farm; Melodi Wynne, Spokane Tribal Network
  • "Sovereignty" is a hard word to spell, a challenging political concept to understand and even more difficult a concept to describe.  In most of the developing world, sometimes referred to ethnocentrically as "the South," food sovereignty means the right of indigenous peoples' food systems to thrive free from coercive and oppressive economic pressures brought to bear by corporate, industrial, mono-crop, export-oriented, extractive agriculture. Those communities might be waging food sovereignty struggles against unjust land-grabs by foreign corporations or exploitative labor conditions at oligarchic plantations. For those in the "developed world," food sovereignty means something surprisingly similar, even if circumstances are vastly different. Or are they? In this workshop, we will look at how food sovereignty is being asserted using examples from both the U.S. and internationally and what food sovereignty might mean for Washingtonians. 

The Unbearable Whiteness of Farming in Washington / the Pacific Northwest — Panel

  • All farmer panel! Ovini Sinclaire, Organic Farm School; Nyema Clark, Nurturing Roots Farm; Dorcas Young , Lesedi Farm: African Foods and Garden; Shanelle Donaldson, Percussion Farms; Dean Jackson, Hilltop Urban Gardens; moderated by Melony Edwards, Willowood Farm of Ebey's Prairie 
  • A panel of black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) farmers will come together to talk about reclaiming farming on their own terms and are on a journey to change the face of farming within the Pacific Northwest. The panelists will discuss food injustice, microaggressions within the farming community, land inequality and more. 

Women in Agriculture & Leadership: Obstacles and Opportunities — Panel

  • Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm; Micha Ide, Bright Ide Acres; Beth Robinette, LINC Foods and Lazy R Ranch; moderated by Audra Mulkern, Female Farmer Project
  • Women are increasingly embracing production agriculture but often their labor is unpaid, finding mentors is rare, and men continue to dominate leadership roles. What are the obstacles and opportunities, and what systems should we be advocating for that are better for farmers, workers, and their communities? This panel will focus on women not just being represented, but valued in agriculture, how crucial it is to work together and support one another, and equipping women who want to farm and lead.
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