Events

Webinars

Navigating the Legal Challenges Faced by Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs

When: 

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:00pm

Where:

This is a webinar

Cost:

FREE

Like many other small businesses, farmers and food entrepreneurs face numerous challenges in their day-to-day operations, and often cannot afford legal representation when important legal issues arise. The Conservation Law Foundation started the first-in-the-nation Legal Food Hub to provide free legal services to income-eligible farmers and food entrepreneurs facing legal issues in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This presentation will explain how the Legal Food Hub works, describe the legal issues it seeks to solve and provide real-life success stories of how it has helped famers and food entrepreneurs navigate their legal challenges.

Webinars

Integrated Energy Systems: Creating Co-Benefits with Our Energy Work

When: 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

Where:

This is a webinar

Cost:

FREE

With numerous environmental challenges facing our communities, it can be hard to know which issue to address first. But by identifying integrated, holistic solutions we can find ways to address multiple challenges at the same time. Join us on September 19th to learn about the creative projects that communities are developing that not only provide clean energy, but also create additional environmental and social benefits for agriculture, clean water, health and even pollinators!

Land, Food and Race Bearing Witness Retreat

When: 

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:00pm to Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

Where:

Please join us this Fall on a retreat that will provide you the opportunity to bear witness to:

The natural world: the soil, the elements, plant and animal life
Racism in our food systems and communities
Activist farmers building a just and sustainable future
While this retreat will contain some history and activities you might also find on a tour, the point is not to merely gain information. Rather, we intend to realize an embodied, mindful and heartful experience of interconnection. We aim to bring familiarity, understanding and intimacy to parts of humanity characterized by trauma, separation, and invisibility. We will experience that another world is not only possible - it’s on the way.

This retreat will confront the history of our food system:

Beginning with the genocidal land theft of First Nations people
Continuing with the kidnapping of people from the shores of West Africa for forced agricultural labor
Morphing into convict leasing
Expanding to the migrant guest-worker program
Maturing into its current state where
farm management is among the whitest professions
farm labor is predominantly brown and exploited
people of color disproportionately live in “food apartheid” neighborhoods and suffer from diet-related illness
This retreat is in the spirit of the Zen Peacemaker Bearing Witness Retreats. It is not organized by Zen Peacemakers, Inc.

Land, Food, and Race Bearing Witness Retreat

When: 

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

Where:

Cost:

FREE

Please join us this Fall on a retreat that will provide you the opportunity to bear witness to:

The natural world: the soil, the elements, plant and animal life
Racism in our food systems and communities
Activist farmers building a just and sustainable future
While this retreat will contain some history and activities you might also find on a tour, the point is not to merely gain information. Rather, we intend to realize an embodied, mindful and heartful experience of interconnection. We aim to bring familiarity, understanding and intimacy to parts of humanity characterized by trauma, separation, and invisibility. We will experience that another world is not only possible - it’s on the way.

To learn more, visit our website: www.unitytables.org.

Apply Now!
Apply now for one of the twenty spots in this retreat.
We offer sliding scale payment and require applications to ensure a diverse group.
Application deadline = June 15th

Spirit Holders/Facilitators

Paco Lugoviña of the Hudson River Peacemaker Center
Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm
Ariel Pliskin of Unity Tables

Networking & Training Retreats

RootSkills Conference (Manchester, NH)

When: 

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00pm

Where:

Cost:

$80 early-bird registration, $20 student tickets (After 10/1: $160 registration, $40 student tickets)

Join fellow community organizers, nonprofit leaders, Grassroots Fund grantees, and passionate students on November 30 - December 2 at Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH for the annual RootSkills Conference, as part of the Grassroots Fund's 2017 RootSkills Training Series. This year's series theme is "Building Resilient Communities". We welcome you to learn, share, & work together to develop actionable, holistic strategies that create more inclusive communities & programs. At this event, we’ll be grappling with tough questions, sharing inspiring solutions, and looking to hear from YOU!