The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

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Vandana Shiva: Northeast Earth Journey

May 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
First Churches, Northampton
129 Main St
Northampton, MA

$20; Full scholarships available*, Walk-ins Welcome; Free admittance to anyone 18 years old & under



 *Scholarships available to NOFA/Mass members who pre-register. Click here to apply.

“In nature's economy the currency is not money, it is life.”  (Dr. Vandana Shiva)

Vandana Shiva is a global advocate for the rights of smallholders, family farmers and agrarian communities. She trained as a quantum physicist but has dedicated her life to both practical and paradigmatic change in food systems and land stewardship. She is an author, policy expert, and food sovereignty activist. She has been named one of Forbes Magazines World's Seven Most Powerful Feminists and is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize."

Dr. Shivas focus on poison-free communities began with Union Carbides Bhopal disaster in 1984 and is rooted in her subsequent work in India, promoting organic, climate-friendly agriculture that supports the livelihoods and independence of farmers. When the Indian state of Sikkim achieved its goal of 100% organic farming in 2016, Dr. Shiva observed that other communities throughout the world were working on similar initiatives and would benefit from unified efforts and the sharing of strategies.

In her current Northeast Earth Journey, Dr. Shiva will share her pledge and the story of her initiative to bring together communities around the world toward poison-free climate-change mitigating food and farming systems. She will be collaborating and sharing her story and aspirations with individuals and organizations interested in working collectively to advance a common international agenda, rooted in local communities. NOFA/Mass is proud to be Dr. Shiva's Massachusetts host.

At Dr. Shiva's request her talk will be preceded by comments from some local activists and farmers on some on-the-ground efforts in Massachusetts. She will be introduced by Bill Braun, NOFA/Mass Board member, organic farmer, and founder of the Freed Seed Federation, an organization dedicated to involving farmers in the restoration and development of regionally adapted and farmer-controlled seed stocks.

Additional comments will be given by Jen Salinetti, a NOFA/Mass board member and Berkshires no-till farmer on the topic of soil health and carbon restoration, and by Willa Sippel, a Junior at Northampton High school who serves as the co-head of Environmental Club, co-hub coordinador of Sunrise Northampton and on the organizing committee for the Massachusetts school climate strikes.

This event is brought to you by NOFA/Mass, Sterling College's School of the New American Farmstead, and the Friends of Navdanya. 

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