Our Land Symposium April 2014

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Thank you to all who came out to our momentous symposium.

We received an incredible amount of interest and are pleased to be able to share audio recordings of the event with those who couldn’t make it. Please join our mailing list to continue to receive updates on our work. 

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Below are resources for all who missed the event:


Agenda from Saturday, April 26th - Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Agenda from Sunday, April 27th - The David Brower Center

Information about the Vital Systems reception and film screening on Sunday, April 27th


Audio recordings of the Symposium :

April 26th

Introduction from Severine von Tscharner Fleming – Agrarian Trust

Anuradha Mittal – Oakland Institute

Gayle McLaughlin – Mayor of Richmond, CA

Doria Robinson – Urban Tilth

Wes Jackson - The Land Institute (video available below)

Closing words from Severine von Tscharner Fleming  – Agrarian Trust


April 27th

Introduction from Severine von Tscharner Fleming – Agrarian Trust

Joel Salatin – Polyface Farm

Eric Holt-Gimenez – Institute for Food & Development Policy / Food First (video available below, courtesy of Food First)

Connecting words from Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Sjoerd Wartena – Terre de Liens (video also available below)

Connecting words and announcements from Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Elizabeth Henderson – Peacework Farm / Agricultural Justice Project

Gary Nabhan - UC Arizona

Connecting words from Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Music from John Chapman

Dave Henson – Occidental Art and Ecology Center

Reggie Knox - California Farmlink

Kathy Ruhf – Land for Good

Closing remarks from Severine von Tscharner Fleming 


Video recordings from the Symposium:

Anuradha Mittal, from Oakland Institute


Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond


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Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth


Wes Jackson, from The Land Institute


Sjoerd Wartena, from Terre de Liens (pre-recorded)



Eric Holt-Gimenez, from Food First / Institute for Food & Development Policy



Photos from April 26th, provided by Amelia Holmes

Photos from April 27th, provided by Isabel Avellan

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A reading list of materials related to the event

Full speaker bios

Our press page



Bonus content:

 Affording OUR LAND Guidebook

This is a guidebook for beginning farmers who are sizing up farm access for themselves. The next guidebook from Greenhorns is called “Greenhorns Guide for Benevolent Investors.”

Film Series

OUR LAND is also the title of a series of 10 minute web-documentaries examining the land question. They are produced by Greenhorns, a partner organization with a 32,000 member e-mailing list and significant social media presence – a useful platform for promoting the context and content of the OUR LAND suite of land access materials.

Digital Resource Map

We have created a comprehensive resource hub, as well as documenting dozens of both land access stories and land access strategies used by individuals and communities. From our site you can also reach the beautifully designed  digital resources map that can help you identify lawyers, land trusts, and lending sources in your state or region. This means we are now providing a reliable source of references, organizations, and template documents to entering and retiring farmers.


 This day-long event was presented by Agrarian Trust,  
a project of the Schumacher Center for New Economics.  schumachercenter-logonameandwebsite1