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November 2018

Selling Up: Business Succession in Maine’s Food Based Economy

November 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
University of Southern Maine-Abromson Community Education Center, Bedford St.
Portland, ME United States
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Selling a food-based business while maintaining its essential character and role in the local food economy is no small task. It's never too early to start planning! Come learn from Maine experts and food-based business owners, farmers, and fishermen who have successfully transitioned their businesses, be it to their employees, their children, or to unrelated buyers. Choose from break-out sessions on worker ownership models, legal and financial considerations, family dynamics, and more. Cooperative Development Institute’s Rob Brown will be one…

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Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 4, 2018 - November 6, 2018
Point Lookout Lincolnville, ME United States + Google Map

MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference … Is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics, and amazing discussions. Is based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners. Features prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators, and other agricultural professionals. Features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, in which one half is dedicated to talks by both agricultural service professionals and farmers, and the other to a round table discussion intended to solicit and capitalize…

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Our Community, Our Economy: Economic Democracy for Maine

November 10, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Maine Augusta Augusta, ME United States + Google Map

“What would it look like if we had an economy that put people and environment before corporate profits?”On Saturday, November 10 we will gather together to create a new vision for democracy and Maine ’s economy. “Our Community, Our Economy: Economic Democracy for Maine” is a conference that will include a wide-ranging discussion of issues working toward the ideals and ideas of Economic Democracy. Moving from broad visions, we will develop practical actions and strategies. The Cooperative Development Institute is…

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BALLE Shift Capital Summit

November 14, 2018 - November 16, 2018
Alisomar Pacific Grove, CA United States + Google Map

Our work to build healthy, equitable local economies is complex. Many different people must come together, explore their relationships to each other, and coordinate across the ecosystem that makes up a community, to address shared challenges. If you seek to create local economies that work for all, you have a role to play. At the BALLE Shift Capital Summit, we will strategize together on how to accelerate the flow of financial and social capital to the visionary leaders who are doing critical…

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December 2018

Maine Farmland Access and Transfer Conference

December 3, 2018
Augusta Civic Center Augusta, ME United States + Google Map

For farm seekers, retiring farmers, land owners & service providers. Join us for a day of practical workshops to better understand the options, resources, and steps to accessing or transferring your farm or farmland. Are you a farmer wondering what will happen when you’re ready to stop farming? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner thinking about making your property available for farming? Are you a service provider who helps with issues related to farmland access?…

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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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