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join greenhorns and uci professor eric freyfogle for drinks and a talk this friday!

Posted: November 19 2014

Extra! Extra!
Come out this Friday Nov 21st in NYC for a short talk by esteemed author and University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaigne professor of Law Eric Freyfogle, followed by drinks and a discussion of land rights.

Friday November 21st, 6-8 pm"
at Jimmy's 43
43 East 7th Street
Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
New York, NY

image via news-gazette.com

Today, we face an unprecedented demographic consolidation of farmland ownership, with 70% of farmland owned by those 65 and older. An estimated 400 million acres will change hands in the next 20 years, which is just about the size of the Louisiana Purchase. Retiring farmers need to cash out, and entering farmers struggle to cash in, while economists predict massive consolidation in ownership as a result. What are the implications of this moment? What are the political and economic consequences of financialization? And, most importantly, how can we impact the decisions on the ground?
We face this cultural, economic, and environmental dilemma from a landscape perspective, with ownership-regimes at its root.
Join us as Eric Freyfogle, Swanlund Chair at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, helps set the context of our current predicament, and inform our collective work supporting a shift to a new food paradigm. Eric's books include: The Agrarian Reader, Wilderness Law,  On Private Property: Finding Common Ground on the Ownership of Land (Beacon Press, 2007; paper ed. 2009) and The Land We Share: Private Property and the Common Good (Island Press, 2003; paper ed. 2011), along with two law school casebooks, Natural Resources Law: Private Rights and Collective Governance (Thomson/West, 2007) and Property Law: Power, Governance, and the Common Good (Thompson/West 2012. 
Eric will be joined by North Carolinian board member of Agrarian Trust, Jean Willoughby who directs the Agricultural reinvestment project of RAFI, the Rural Advancement Foundation International, and heads up their new Cooperative Development program for farmer-owned cooperative enterprises.  As well we'll hear about land reform efforts in NYC with Caroline Woolard, artist and organizer of Tradeschool.org and Ourgoods.coop. She is working on commons based solutions for  affordable housing for artists and low income New Yorkers.  Moderating the session is Severine v T Fleming, founder of Greenhorns, board secretary of Farm Hack, and founding board member of Agrarian Trust.
Hope to see you there!
Read more about the event HERE.