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Tilth Conference Workshops: Agriculture & Society

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Workshops: Agriculture & Society 

Farming for Social Change: Agriculture at the Intersection of Social Justice
  • Anthony Reyes, Homeless Garden Project 
  • Working at the intersection of agriculture and social justice brings forth numerous considerations and intention in working to create an equitable food system and beyond. Speaking about food justice is to speak about labor, race, class, gender, and sexuality. In our programs, we use the farm(s) as a space to delve into these issues of social justice and establish a restorative space for folks, community members, etc. to experience radical vulnerability and come together around a common goal or mission. We will be speaking about how to facilitate and navigate a space that is working towards creating equity and/or a more equitable system. This includes considerations for program development, how to create and encourage investment and ownership from participants and visitors, how to work in breaking down and analyzing existing stigmas and biases.  Further, engaging in social justice work is to engage with one’s self and do a lot of self-farming. Understanding ourselves, our place, our voice (how it is or isn’t heard), our biases, our privilege, etc. change how we might show up in a space. How do you create a culture of agency and still maintain production and market goals?

Connecting Cooking, Companionship, and Community 
  • Diane LaVonne, Diane’s Market Kitchen

  • This presentation will explore how we as responsible citizens of a broader community can help to grow and support a local food system.  More specifically, Diane touches on how food helps to connect us to each other and our community, as well as how the preparing and sharing of food can be a platform for exchange of values and develops cultural norms. She shows that the simple act of sharing food creates opportunities for creating shared memories, and how shopping at local farmers markets improves the health and well-being of individuals as well as communities.

From Farmworker to Farm Owner: Experiences of Latino Farmers across Washington

  • Nelida Martinez, Liz Lopez, additional panelist TBA, facilitated by Kate Smith and Marcy Ostrom, Washington State University
  • Latino immigrants are entering the farming profession in most counties across Washington. According to the USDA Census of Agriculture, Hispanic farmers are the fastest growing demographic of principal farm operators. Often after working on other people’s conventional farms, many Latino farmers have chosen to operate their own farms using sustainable and organic practices. In a panel discussion, three Latino farmers will share their pathways and experiences transitioning from farmworker to organic farm owner. Join the discussion to gain perspective on the important role that Latino producers play in the future of family farming in Washington.
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