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2018 PVGrows Forum
Immigration, Food Access, Land Access
Keynote Address from Migrant Justice, Vermont
Gateway City Arts 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA
Attendees will dig deep on the urgent and timely topics of immigration, food access, and land access through a series of speakers and discussions. Join the PVGrows Network to learn from local and regional efforts and craft strategies for action.
Keynote speakers from Vermont's Migrant Justice will discuss their work, which builds the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community. Migrant Justice's Milk with Dignity Campaign calls on corporations to take responsibility for the farmworker rights abuses in their supply chains. Launched in 2014, the Milk with Dignity Campaign achieved a major success after years of effort when Ben and Jerry's signed the first Milk with Dignity agreement in 2017.
In addition to their keynote address, Migrant Justice will join a workshop with local workers, advocates and PVGrows participants to discuss approaches to supporting food system workers in the Pioneer Valley during this time of heightened stress and fear for foreign-born residents.
The PVGrows Forum will also feature a workshop and discussion on food access, with an emphasis on community responses to the suspension of the Healthy Incentives Program and the threats to SNAP in the Farm Bill reauthorization process. A third workshop will address the challenges of land access for urban, rural, and immigrant farmers, recognizing the long history of enslavement and racial discrimination that created and maintain patterns of land and wealth ownership.
Register today to join this conversation about challenges facing the local food system, to broaden and deepen your relationships with others in the field, and to identify ways to take collaborative action for a more just, equitable food system.
PVGrows Forums bring together food system stakeholders and participants to spend a day deeply exploring the Pioneer Valley food system. Our events are open to all. The 2018 PVGrows Forum is made possible by a volunteer planning committee, our sponsors, and CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.)
Thanks to our sponsors! Visit the event page to sign up your organization as a sponsor.
Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.