Tune in for this week-long (virtual) celebration to inform, educate and create community around the topic of resiliency in all of its forms. Each night, November 16th through 19th, will feature a webinar bringing together the voices of our community: farmworker rights group Migrant Justice, Abenaki chef Jessee Lawyer, students of gender studies and agriculture at Bennington College, and organic farmers building soil health. All events are free and open to the public. Be on the lookout for workshop details and registration information in October.
Agricultural Literacy Week is a project of NOFA-VT, the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Contact Livy Bulger, [email protected] or (802) 434-7153 with questions.
Registration opens 10/7!
Monday, November 16th, 6-7:30 pm
Special presentation from Abenaki chef Jessee Lawyer - More details coming soon!
Tuesday, November 17th, 6-7:30 pm
Workshop: #MilkwithDignity: Farmworkers Call on Hannaford Supermarkets Across the Northeast
Guest Speakers: Migrant Justice
Description: The Milk with Dignity Program, created by Migrant Justice, brings together farmworkers, consumers, farmer owners and corporate buyers with the principal goal of fostering a sustainable Northeast dairy industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, supports the long-term interests of farm owners, and provides an ethical supply chain for retail food companies and consumers. COVID-19 has further proven how essential farmworkers are, as they continue to work day in day out to produce the milk and dairy products to feed our communities. Join us for this workshop to learn more about the Milk with Dignity Program, farmworkers' continued struggle for justice and how you can get involved to help expand this powerful solution to the Hannaford supermarket’s supply chain.
Wednesday, November 18th, 6-7:30 pm
Workshop: Building Soil Health Resilience**
Farmer Panel: Misse Axelrod (Drift Farmstead), Nic Cook (Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center), Tyler Webb (Stony Pond Farm), Kate Spring (Good Heart Farmstead)
Description: Farms that build soil, sequester carbon and grow nutritious foods for their communities are webs of life. Mimicking the natural world and the deep ties of how we are all connected, resilience starts with soil, and builds out into whole-systems thinking. Join this panel of Vermont farmers as they share how their farms are an extension of the natural world that steward deeply interwoven systems for plant, animal and human communities to thrive.
**[Optional] Pre-Screen this Film: Rent the film Biggest Little Farm from your local library and watch the film before attending this workshop. This film is also available on Netflix.
Thursday, November 19th, 6-7:30 pm
Workshop: Community Gardening to Fight Food Insecurity
Guest Speakers: Bennington College students enrolled in Gender, Subsistence, and Agriculture class
Description: In this workshop, students will share the result of an oral history project, interviewing women gardeners about their experiences growing food as part of two programs piloted by Bennington College to increase local food sovereignty and address food insecurity. The first program was a community gardening initiative, giving gardening supplies to residents at one of Bennington's subsidized housing complexes and the second is a grow-a-row program where local community gardeners are encouraged to donate their excess food to local food banks. The students will present on these two projects and share the results of their work to collect the stories of women involved in the two programs. The students' research is part of their work in the class, Gender, Subsistence, and Agriculture at Bennington College.