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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference


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Farmer to Farmer Conference 2019

November 2-4, 2019
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport, Maine

 

Pre-conference Activities
Saturday, November 2

FARM TOURS:
Snakeroot Farm and Balfour Farm in Pittsfield (bus tour)
North Spore Mushroom Farm in Westbrook (no bus available; please REGISTER for this tour here)

INTENSIVE SESSION:
Tarping for Reduced Tillage in Small-Scale Vegetable Systems
9 am to 4 p.m. led by Mark Hutton of University of Maine Extension and Ryan Maher of Cornell and facilitated by Crystal Stewart of Cornell.

2019 Keynote Speaker

Rowen White

Rowen White is a Seed Keeper/farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the Educational Director and lead mentor of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City, Calif. Rowen is the National Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is an initiative of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at leveraging resources to support tribal food sovereignty projects. The mission of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network is to nourish and assist the growing Seed Sovereignty Movement across Turtle Island. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Seed Savers Exchange, the largest public access seed bank in North America. She facilitates creative hands-on workshops and facilitates strategic conversations and community organizing around seed/food security around the country within tribal and small farming communities. Rowen has a deep commitment to approaching food systems revitalization with a cultural context. Rowen's passion is in teaching and mentoring, and has developed many curricula which focus on holistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture; She teaches and facilitates creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities, as well as offering an online distance learning seasonal mentorship called Seed Seva.  She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at www.sierraseeds.org.

For more information: http://www.mofga.org/MOFGA-Events/farmer-to-farmer-conference-2019