Making a Livelihood on the Land
April 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
A live, on-site workshop for new or aspiring farmers
Friday April 22, 2022 9am to 5PM. At Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center, Orange MA
Application required, read on for link (due 4/1 or sooner!) Sliding scale (powered by generosity)
Seeds of Solidarity is excited to host this workshop at their successful small vegetable farm created on land many deemed un-farmable, and in a low wealth community. The paradigm of farming on expansive acreage with expensive machinery is inaccessible to most, and often not ecologically or personally sustainable. Roadblocks to farming as a livelihood are based in centuries of injustice that impact who has access to land, resources, and power. Farming must be reimagined so young, low wealth, and farmers of color can stay in, feed, and forge a livelihood in their urban, rural, or suburban communities, or in those to which they relocate.
If you are a new or aspiring farmer in the Northeast seeking:
- expertise on creative ways to find and access land
- ideas for funds and financing
- low-budget farming techniques for personal and climate resilience
- conversation about allies and community building
Apply here by April 1 for this workshop held LIVE at beautiful Seeds of Solidarity Farm.
A terrific group of co-presenters is excited to share expertise and inspiration with you: Leigh Youngblood, Land Justice Consultant; Rose Arruda, MA Food Ventures and Urban Agriculture coordinator at MDAR; Rebecca Busansky, PV Grows Investment Fund Manager at Franklin County CDC; Shaunia Flowers creator of 2 Cents Homegrown urban holistic herb, produce and flower farm; Ricky Baruc and Deb Habib, Seeds of Solidarity co-founders, farmers, and food justice workers.
We are striving for a participant group that is at least 50% people of color and/or low-wealth. In dedication to a rising, diverse generation of new farmers, we offer this workshop at a deeply discounted sliding scale rate of $15 to $85 with lunch included (actual value of $185). Spaces are limited. Apply here by April 1 or sooner. Bonus: Participants may choose to stay for Saturday morning April 23 to receive support for their own farm visions.
This workshop is made possible through generosity.
Visit www.seedsofsolidarity.org for more workshop details including presenter info and our other programs, workshops, and events.
CDC advised COVID protocol current on the workshop date will be followed