Mar2ThuPIELC 35th Annual Conference: One Cause One VoiceMar 2 – Mar 5 (all-day)
Over the last 35 years, the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference has brought together thousands of activists, students, and professionals, from a diverse array of communities and cultures, to advance efforts for environmental and social justice. PIELC is a nexus for the exchange of ideas and perspectives, and strives to bolster the environmental movement’s human capital through illuminating discussion, productive debate, and collaborative workshops. Each year, the contribution of conference attendees and participants makes a meaningful, positive impact on the natural environment and the people around the world who love and depend on it.
In times of increased political, social, and economic divisiveness, unifying distinct campaigns within the movement for environmental and social justice is essential to promote policies and community action that create a more sustainable coexistence with the planet’s ecological systems. “One Cause, One Voice” is an effort to transcend trivial differences in ideology and superficial rivalries within the environmental movement to increase its collective strength and influence by uniting over common interests. It’s a reminder that a stable climate and clean land, air, and water are necessary to promote the health and welfare of all human beings, regardless of our differences in ideology or culture. “One Cause, One Voice” represents the potential to achieve widespread environmental and social justice through cooperation, collaboration, and mutual support.
Mar3FriMountain West Seed Summit: March 2017Hotel Santa Fe
Mar 3 – Mar 4 (all-day)
Join Seed Stewards from the Mountain West and beyond for three days of seed knowledge and networking in beautiful Santa Fe.
The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the McCune Foundation, presents a two-day summit and one-day field trip focused on training and inspiring seed producers across the Rocky Mountain region. The Mountain West Seed Summit will include presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities, lively discussions, seed exchanges, art, music, and more!
Apr1SatJust Food? Forum on Labor Across the Food SystemApr 1 (all-day)
Just Food? is a student-organized collaboration of the Harvard Law School Food Law Society and Harvard Food Literacy Project and co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic.
May19FriThe Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and WineBallymaloe Cookery School
Ballymaloe Cookery School
Organic Farm and Gardens,Shanagarry,East Cork,Co. Cork
May 19 – May 21 (all-day)
The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.
It is the only festival of its kind in Ireland and has created an important hub for food and drinks enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas with each other.
May22MonNational Farm Viability ConferenceAlbany
May 22 – May 24 (all-day)
The National Farm Viability Conference is geared towards professionals in the fields of farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, farmland conservation, agricultural market development, and food hub management.
The conference is an opportunity to network and learn from other professionals in your field, develop new knowledge and skills, and visit farms and value-added processing facilities.
Jun3SatAshfield Spectacle & Culture FairAshfield
Jun 3 – Jun 4 (all-day)
We are making a free, large scale, public community spectacle right here in the center of Ashfield June 3 & 4, 2017, and we would like you to be a part of it! The Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair will use the whole town as the set, present-day Ashfield life and the town’s history as the subject, and YOU, the community, as the performers and creators. A celebration of Ashfield’s unique history of tolerance, freedom, and creativity, performed in the heart of the town by the people of this community.
Jun10SatCHANGING LANDS, CHANGING HANDS: A National Conference on Farm and Ranch Access, Succession, Tenure and StewardshipDenver
Jun 10 – Jun 11 (all-day)
The Changing Lands, Changing Hands conference will share and evaluate approaches and tools to address land access, succession and stewardship. Traci Bruckner will make a presentation on federal conservation programs and state policies that support beginning farmers and ranchers.
The event will bring over 60 speakers from across the country. Workshops will be offered in three tracks: Access and Tenure, Succession, and Conservation. Topics range from land affordabilty to tenancy to transferring management. The target audience is Extension and other educators, agricultural service professionals, agency staff, farm and other non-governmental groups, and policymakers.
The conference is hosted by the FarmLASTS Project, funded by a USDA/CSREES award to the University of Vermont. For project and conference information, visit www.farmlasts.org.
Jul1SatNational Access to Land Forum 20179:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Jul11TueCaux Dialogue on Land and Security 2017Caux
FranceJul 11 – Jul 15 (all-day)
Conference is set for Summer 2017 but dates have not yet been announced.
This year's conference focused on realising the potential of land restoration:
Nearly 25% of the world’s productive lands and 10-20% of drylands are degraded (Economic of Land Degradation, 2015). Farmers must therefore migrate to find fertile land and pastoralists venture further to seek pasture. Tensions over land reduce the ability to manage resources, worsening the degradation. A vicious circle takes hold. The outcome? Devastated landscapes - and war.