Keynote: White Supremacy Culture in Food Systems
March 20 3:00 PM Speaker: Alison Conrad, Associate in Research at the Duke World Food Policy Center
Alison Conrad will speak on how whiteness and white dominant culture influence food system work, focusing on the pitfalls of how wealthy, white-led institutions apply their ideals to food policy and programming often aimed at non-white and low-income communities. Her research shows that white dominant beliefs and behaviors–assumed to be the norm–can put the emphasis of food work in the wrong place. As a consequence, we miss the opportunity to address the root causes of food systems issues and create lasting change. She will also discuss how individuals and organizations can start the process of unlearning a whitened history and related biases, and learn about how to work IN community instead of ON BEHALF OF community.
In Partnership with Friday Harbor Film Festival | Streaming On-demand March 20-27
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 90. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.
Discussion Panel: Dolores Documentary with special guest Dolores Huerta
March 27 3-4 pm
In partnership with the Orcas Food Co-op and Friday Harbor Film Festival, we are honored to welcome Dolores Huerta, Community Organizer and Founder/President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and Edgar Franks, Political and Campaign Director at Familias Unidas por La Justicia for a follow-up discussion after the movie screening. Join this conversation and learn more about Dolores’ life and work, and farmworker issues and advocacy right here in Northwest Washington!
Creating equitable food access through local food procurement
March 21 Discussion Panel 10-11:30 am | Community Discussion 11:45 am-12:45 pm
Speakers: Kristen Rezabek, Health and Nutrition Coordinator, San Juan County Health and Community Services; Alex Smith, Sustainable Connections; Anna Cook, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Member & Myk Heidt, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
When local, healthy food is accessible to all income groups, our communities benefit too: Area farmers gain new customers and increase sales, small businesses thrive, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Learn about programs that are addressing food equity every step of the way, from the farmer to the consumer with a panel discussion and audience Q & A. Follow up with an interactive, hands-on session learning a process of starting equity conversations within your own organization or business. We will break out into small groups to define a plan according to your choice of topic areas from: Food Security Programs, Accessing Markets, Getting started in farming, and Education.
Local Solidarity Economies, Farming Co-ops, and Domestic Fair Trade
April 10 2-3:30pm
Speakers: Rosalinda Guillen, Community to Community; Brenda Bently, Community to Community; Ramon Torres, worker-owner of Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad; Elizabeth Henderson, Agricultural Justice Project
Join local food sovereignty leaders, Rosalinda Guillen and Brenda Bently from Community to Community and Ramon Torres, worker-owner of Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad. They will be joined by Elizabeth Henderson of the Agricultural Justice Project to give an overview of their current joint work building a fair and equitable future of agriculture here in Northwest Washington. This discussion will focus on the possibilities of how we can work together to transition away from an agricultural system that relies on the exploitation of labor to building a community-based food system within a solidarity economy, and how small, family farms are essential partners in this effort.
Capnote: Re-telling, Regeneration, and Reconnecting: Indigenous Perspectives on Food, Land, and Environment
April 16 7 – 8:30 pm Speaker: A-dae Briones, Director of Native Agriculture and Food Systems Programs, First Nations Development Institute
A-dae Briones will discuss how historical events and concepts inform our understandings of our modern food system, how history influences our relationships between land, people, and what we eat and segments populations, amplifies missteps, but also provides a clear path to a more inclusive community and food system. We will challenge ourselves, talk Indigenous stories, and build upon a shared history.
Study Groups are structured like a speaker series. Join a group to listen and learn, engage with speakers, and dive into additional readings and resources as much as you have capacity.
Study Group Black Agrarianism: Past, Present, and Future
March 21, 28 April 4, 11 Sundays 3-4:30 pm Facilitated by Dr. Lindsey Lunsford, Sustainable Food Systems Resource Specialist – Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension
The history of Black farmers in the United States in many ways is the history of the United States itself. Join us as we learn about the history, hardships, and contributions of Black farmers in the U.S., as well as the history of Black farmers specifically in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to exploring this rich history, speakers will illuminate the many ways in which people are working today to uplift Black farmers to create a more equitable and sustainable future in agriculture.
Session 1: A History of Black Agrarianism in the U.S. Speaker: shakara tyler, PhD, Board President at the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), board member of the Detroit People’s Food Co-op (DPFC) and member of the Black Dirt Farm Collective (BDFC).
Session 2: A History of Black Agrarianism in the U.S., continued. Speaker: shakara tyler, PhD, Board President at the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), board member of the Detroit People’s Food Co-op (DPFC) and member of the Black Dirt Farm Collective (BDFC).
Session 3: Reparations Map, Alternative Models, and Land Trusts. Speakers: AnAkA, Black Oregon Land Trust; Hannah Wilson of Yes Farm and the Black Farmers Collective
Session 4: Black farming in the U.S. today, Alternative models including “Big Team Farms”, and democratizing food and agriculture. Speakers: Malcolm Hoover, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Black Futures Farm; Sarah K. Mock, Sylvanaqua Farms
Study Group Traditional Foodways: Exploration of Indigenous land management, animal husbandry, crop cultivation, past and present
March 23, 30 April 6, 13 Tuesdays 6-7:30 pm Facilitated by Samuel Barr (Samish)
Session 1: Stigma of “agriculture” to indigenous people Speakers: Patti Gobin, Andrew Gobin, Tulalip Tribal Community
Session 2: Clams and Clam gardens Speakers: Marco Hatch, Western Washington University, Samish Indian Nation; Rosie Cayou (Samish) Kwiaht, spiritual advisor
Session 3: spə́ɬx̣ən – S’Klallam Prairies Speakers: Emma Brownell, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe: Traditional Foods and Culture Program; ƛ̕əw’cən Mackenzie Grinnell, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Session 4: Land Back! Food Sovereignty One Seed at a Time: The value of foraging, new-age farming mixed with ancient indigenous wisdom. Biomimicry, imitation of the natural systems around us. Speaker: Topsanna Littlestar (Ojibwe-Anishinaabe, Irish) Food sovereignty coordinator at Niche Nurseries, Sole-proprietor at Peaceful Produce Designs