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Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires - Annual Members Meeting & Board Elections
Friday March 14th at 7PM
Followed by a FREE public screening of "Symphony of the Soil", a film by Deborah Koons Garcia
Farmland Access in the Berkshires
Symposium on April 12, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 10:00am to 2:00pm
At Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield's Public Library)
One Wendell Avenue, Downtown Pittsfield
Lunch will be served.
Berkshire Grown and Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires are convening a conversation among people and organizations working in the Berkshires to put more farmers on the land and more land into farming. We believe community access to affordable land is critical to our food security and the sustainability of our economy. We would like to discuss with you ways we can build a more secure land base for farms, farmer housing and related buisnesses. Our intention is to foster dialogue among:
Established, new and retired farmers
The land conservation community
Community food security planners
Sustainabile community organizers
Financial advisors, accountants, assessors and attorneys
This event is a collaboration of the Community Land Trust in the Souther Berkshires, Berkshire Grown, Berkshire Co-op Market, Land for Good, The Carrot Project, Great Barrington Agriculture Commission, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, and Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Our Land: A Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century
April 26th and 27th in Berkeley, CA
Evening Plenary on April 26th followed by a full day symposium and teach-in on the 27th.
Full details at http://agrariantrust.org/symposium/. Tickets for each day sold seperately, limited tickets available.
Peter Barnes - Dividends for all
Sunday July 27, 2014, Location TBD
Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successful businesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics. His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don't Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a practical solution to economic inequality.
Barnes grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in history from Harvard and an M.A. in government from Georgetown. He was a Washington correspondent for Newsweek and west coast correspondent for The New Republic. In 1976 he co-founded a worker-owned solar energy company in San Francisco, and in 1983 he co-founded Working Assets (now Credo). In 1995 he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.
He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the National Cooperative Bank, the California Solar Industry Association, Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Rainbow Workers Cooperative, Redefining Progress, Greenpeace International and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
His books include Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-Soldier, The People’s Land, Who Owns the Sky? and Capitalism 3.0. His articles have appeared in The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the American Prospect, the Utne Reader, Yes! and elsewhere. In 1997 he founded the Mesa Refuge, a writers’ retreat in northern California.
Judy Wicks - Building a New Economy: What's Love Got to Do with It?
Friday October 9, 2014, Location TBD
Judy Wicks is a leader, writer, and speaker in the localization movement. She began buying from local farmers in 1986 for her restaurant White Dog Café, which she started on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. Realizing that helping other restaurants connect with local farmers would strengthen the regional food system, she founded Fair Food Philly in 2000. The following year she co-founded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), now a network of over 20,000 local independent businesses in the U.S. and Canada, and founded the local affiliate Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, currently with over 400 members. In 2009 Judy sold the White Dog with a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting, and using renewable energy. She is the recipient of many local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Philadelphia Sustainability Award for Lifetime Achievement. She continues to serve on the board of directors of BALLE. Her memoir, "Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer," was published in 2013.