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    It’s Farmworker Awareness Week!
    March 26, 2015

    National Farmworker Awareness Week is a week of action for students and community members to raise awareness about farmworker issues on our campuses and in our communities. In 2015 we celebrate the 16th Annual National Farmworker Awareness Week to raise awareness about farmworker conditions and to honor their important contributions to us every day! Here are some events highlighted by Food First: Eric Holt-Giménez – Food First 40th Anniversary Speaking Tour March 13 - April 2, 2015  | Various Locations Food First Executive […]
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    Lending in Latin America: Root Capital Helps Small Farmers
    March 26, 2015

    An article in the Economist shows how Root Capital is working to empower small farmers in the global south. From the article: “COFFEE is our gateway drug,” jokes Willy Foote, founder of Root Capital. “Then we move on to harder stuff, like cocoa, cashews, quinoa and sorghum.” That is how the firm got started in 1999, after Mr Foote quit his job as a Wall Street analyst, lending $73,000 to a coffee (and cardamom) co-operative in Guatemala. It has since […]
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    The Commons, Legally
    March 25, 2015

    David Bollier digs into the commons, and what law students, and all of us should know about our shared properties. From the article: If you mention “the commons” to someone today, the first idea that usually comes to mind is “the tragedy of the commons.” That idea was launched by biologist Garrett Hardin in the journal Science in 1968. In his now-famous essay, Hardin said, Imagine a pasture in which no individual farmer has a rational incentive to hold back […]
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    End of a Prison Farm, Opportunities for Local Farmers
    March 25, 2015

    Prospective farmers have until 10 a.m. Monday to submit bids to lease parcels of land at the Guilford County Prison Farm, county staff said at a walk-through Tuesday at the facility. “We want to do a bid process to make it available to as many people as possible, in order to not get accused of various things,” Robert McNiece, the county’s director of facilities, told several dozen farmers gathered at the farm. “Favoritism and whatever else.” The 806-acre farm has […]
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    Proposed Museum Could Unveil History, and Future
    March 24, 2015

    In a small beach haven in North Florida, there once lived a society separate from the economic realities of Jim Crow era America. As in many U.S. towns during that time, Black America was it’s own country with alternative economic structures, vacation spots and citizens. MaVynee Betsch has always placed her faith in this forgotten alternative, and her plans to open a museum for American Beach, Florida may re-open this chapter of history, including the work of A. L. Lewis. […]
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    Citizens of a New Nation
    March 24, 2015

    A group advocating for the protection of watersheds opens up the philosophy of citizenship to explore a new type of “nation”. From the Rose Coalition of Watershed’s web page. Rose C.O.W. citizenship is not a legally binding but rather a self-selecting community composed of individuals who place the survival of mother earth as the highest calling of any organization or people that call themselves a society—we, therefore, define ourselves as a nation for the purpose of a common language, which will […]
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    Women’s Access to Land Reaches Legislature in Ghana
    March 23, 2015

    A report from Ghana Web details new government support for “smallholder farmers.” From the article: The President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs pledged his support to help increase women’s access to land for agriculture purposes and called on chiefs in the region to address existing challenges to women’s access to agricultural lands. Speaking at the meeting, Daniel Adotey, a Programme Officer of SEND–Ghana explained that, for us at SEND-Ghana, one of our priority working areas is to […]
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    Divestment, Investment and What’s Happening with Big Money
    March 23, 2015

    The Guardian newspaper has recently set on a campaign in part to encourage the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to divest from fossil fuels. Meanwhile, AGRA Watch has released a report that the BMGF is sponsoring a meeting in London “to promote a recent report detailing in clear terms how to privatize the seed and agricultural markets of Africa–without African stakeholders having a seat at the table.” Read more at http://seattleglobaljustice.org/agra-watch/  
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    Farm Financing for Beginners
    March 20, 2015

    Learn from a farmer who has been through it herself in this post from farmer Katie Spring. For beginning farmers, finding the support to start your own farm or to improve your existing farm can seem like a challenge. This challenge doesn’t necessarily let up for the first few years—for perspective, a beginning farmer is defined as someone who has farmed for 10 years or less on their current operation. In other industries, you might feel as if you’ve passed […]
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    Food & Law Policy Stream Today! 1-4 Central Time
    March 20, 2015

    Register Here to Watch Free symposium, live-streamed with easy online viewing in real time: Food Law & Policy: The Past, the Present, and the Future    March 20th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. the Journal of Food Law & Policy celebrates its 10th anniversary with a symposium. Speakers will be: Neil Hamilton, Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law, Director of the Agricultural Law Center, Drake University Law School; Peter Barton Hutt, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP and Instructor, Food […]
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