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February 2019

Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show

February 27 - February 28
Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566 United States
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    Organized by the Departments of Agriculture of the six New England states, Harvest New England is a biennial conference focused solely on agricultural marketing. Farmers of all types and sizes, new and established, from throughout New England, attend to enhance their marketing and business skills. CDI will be presenting a workshop on Cooperative Farming and is organizing the Farmers Market Managers track. See you there!  

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Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
University of Southern Maine, Glickman Library, 97 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to our decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land.  Further, Black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural…

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March 2019

Undoing Racism in the Food System

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
University of Southern Maine, 1 Payson Smith Hall, 97 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Racism and injustice are built into the DNA of the U.S. food system. Beginning with the genocidal land theft of First Nations people, continuing with the kidnapping of Black people from the shores of West Africa for forced agricultural labor, morphing into convict leasing, expanding to the migrant guestworker program, and maturing into its current state where farm management is among the whitest professions, farm labor is predominantly brown and exploited, and people of color disproportionately live in “food apartheid”…

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Another World Is Here: Worker Co-ops and the Solidarity Economy in MA

March 16 - March 17
Worcester, MA

You are invited to Another World Is Here: Worker Co-ops and the Solidarity Economy in MA from March 16-17, 2019 in Worcester, MA (specific venue TBD). This two day statewide convening will focus on the advancement of a worker ownership movement as well as the broader solidarity economy in Massachusetts. Day 1: Worker Ownership Movement Convening March 16th (Day 1) invites worker co-ops and developers, grassroots organizations and labor unions, and funders and investors to help launch a new statewide…

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April 2019

Principle Six Conference

April 6 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
University of Southern Maine- Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St
Lewiston, ME 04240 United States
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Once a year, co-op supporters from across Maine get together to meet, network, share experiences and learn how we can work together to grow Maine's cooperative economy. This includes worker co-ops, Resident Owned Communities (ROCs), housing co-ops, consumer co-ops, credit unions, lobster co-ops, farmer co-ops, other co-ops, and anyone else who is interested in cooperatives. Whether you are a seasoned co-op member or are new to the idea and interested in learning more, we would love for you to join…

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