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Harvard University’s Just Food? Forum on Land Use, Rights and Ecology
March 25, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - March 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
A conference exploring LAND AND THE FOOD SYSTEM: HOW LAND AFFECTS WHAT WE EAT, WHO WE ARE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT WE LIVE IN
March 25–26, 2016
Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
This year’s Just Food? conference will examine the relationship between people and land, primarily through agriculture and food. Conference events will explore the legal, moral, policy, health, historic and environmental aspects of our modern domestic and international food system, with a focus on the intersection of land and justice. The conference will bring together scholars, farmers, activists, practitioners, and other authorities to discuss the growing concerns about who has access to land, how agriculture changes land, and who is marginalized or dispossessed by our current system. Our goal is to educate attendees, empower them to make changes, and engage them in a larger dialogue about food.
A full conference schedule is available here.
FRIDAY, March 25
The New Work of Land Trusts: Ensuring Food System Resiliency
Thousands of acres of land will be changing hands in the next decade, due to aging farmland owners. At the same time, the amount of farmland owned by Black farmers has significantly declined to less than 1 percent and urban communities are looking for mechanisms to protect land used for community gardens and urban farms. Land Trusts have proven to be an effective mechanism to protect land and prevent land loss in rural, urban and minority communities. Representatives from the Maine Farmland Trusts, Black Family Land Trusts and the Trusts for Public Land will be featured at this workshop. This workshop will be an interactive space for you to learn about the different tools to protect farmland.
Amanda Beal, Policy and Research Fellow, Maine Farmland Trust
Erica Buswell, Farmland Access Program Manager, Maine Farmland Trust
Darci Schofield, MA/RI Urban Program Director, The Trust for Public Land
Savi Horne, Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, Land Loss Prevention Project