Farmland access will be the focus of a 2015 spring forum hosted by the non-profit Pioneer Valley Grows, “a collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the ecological and economic sustainability and vitality of the Pioneer Valley food system.”
LAND: The Foundation of a Healthy Food System will examine the relationship between farmland access and local food systems, look at the barriers urban and rural growers face when looking for land, explore existing solutions, and hear about innovative new approaches to connecting farmers with acreage.
The Wed., April 15 forum is scheduled for 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at Mill One at Open Square in Holyoke. Registration is on a sliding scale from $0 to $50. Space is limited to 130 participants. Those who wish to attend are asked to register online.
A Massachusetts Food System Plan listening session will be conducted at the conclusion of the forum. The state is developing its first food system plan since 1974, and is looking for input from stakeholders.