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winter roundtable

Posted: January 26 2010

The Food Security Roundtable Presents: The 2nd Annual Winter Roundtable
Franklin Patternson Hall, Hampshire College, 893 West St. Amherst MA 01002
February 27th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., February 28th 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Farmers and community organizers will be meeting with concerned and interested folks of all kinds to get to know each other, share our collective resources, and work on our fixing our broken food system. Join us! This is a unique opportunity to meet with people who work or want to be working in the world of building a better food system - farming, dismantling racism in the food system, distribution, coops, - the things that will put the food system back in the hands of the people.
In February, farmers around the northeast are counting down the last few weeks until they fire up their greenhouses and start getting down to business, dawn to dark, for the next growing season. Before they get started, we want the chance to meet with them and hear where they're coming from, what their needs are, and what they want to do. This isn't just for farmers, though. This is an opportunity for anyone involved in growing, distributing or eating food to plug into making our food system more stable and just. So come, we'd love to hear what you've got to say.
The Food Security Roundtable is a network of farmers, community organizers and community members. We are working to strengthen connections between folks living and working in urban and rural areas, and build grassroots relationships throughout the northeast to establish a more stable, democratic, and just food system..
We need a better food system.
What is this meeting about? That is up to all of us attending. We are working on building a regional network to support and further develop the Good Food, Food Sovereignty, Food Justice Movements and so on. Whatever you want to call it, what should our network do? We've got some ideas, you've got some ideas. Let's work together.
Please RSVP
To get a head start and help us tailor our efforts to the people coming, we are interested in getting some information from folks.
Let us know what you would like to see and discuss. Tell us what you're up to, what you're thinking and what kinds of conversations you're interested in so we can prepare to conduct sessions around those subjects. Examples might include getting prospective farmers matched with farms, hosting youth organizers on your land or at your project, organizing with people across racial divides, sharing equipment or knowledge with people in your area, redefining sustainability, or getting together with other people from your area and getting to know each other, whatever is most important to you. We'll be making some of this info accessible to all the participants to help get a leg up in the networking.
So, want to come? Send Kristin an RSVP. Please Include:
* A short statement of interest - What do you want to see at this forum? What do you need to do your work better? What do you have to offer?
* A brief personal or organizational bio so we get a jumpstart on who you are and what you are doing.
* Do you have any special needs?
* The suggested cost of the weekend is $20. Tell us what you can pay, above or below that amount, so we can plan a small budget for the event. Everyone is welcome whether they pay or not as long as space is available.
Send those to [email protected], or give Kristin a call - 646-425-1311
Local Food Initiative- Mothers On the Move- The Food Security Roundtable
Please get in touch if you have any questions, you want to help with the event, or to get involved with the roundtable. For more information about what we're doing, check out our soon-to-be-updated website, www.foodpower.org.
Henry and Kristin