Our Land

Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century

In the next two decades 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands. Will that land be consolidated into larger holdings and treated as a commodity or investment asset? Or will it prove the foundation for a new business, a next-generation farmer, a passionate entrepreneur?



Agenda from Saturday, April 26th – Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Agenda from Sunday, April 27th – The David Brower Center

Information about the Vital Systems reception and film screening on Sunday, April 27th


Audio and video recordings of the Symposium :

April 26th

Full day audio

Introduction from Severine von Tscharner Fleming – Agrarian Trust

Anuradha Mittal – Oakland Institute | video

Gayle McLaughlin – Mayor of Richmond, CA | video

Doria Robinson – Urban Tilth | video

Wes Jackson – The Land Institute | video

Closing words from Severine von Tscharner Fleming  – Agrarian Trust

April 27th

Full day audio

Introduction from Severine von Tscharner Fleming – Agrarian Trust

Joel Salatin – Polyface Farm

Eric Holt-Gimenez – Institute for Food & Development Policy / Food First | video, courtesy of Food First)

Connecting words from Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Sjoerd Wartena – Terre de Liens | video

Connecting words and announcements from Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Elizabeth Henderson – Peacework Farm / Agricultural Justice Project

Gary Nabhan – UC Arizona

Connecting words from Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Music from John Chapman

Dave Henson – Occidental Art and Ecology Center

Reggie Knox – California Farmlink

Kathy Ruhf – Land for Good

Closing remarks from Severine von Tscharner Fleming 



Photos from April 26th, provided by Amelia Holmes

Photos from April 27th, provided by Isabel Avellan


Additional Resources:

A reading list of materials related to the event

Full speaker bios

Press page


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Event Speakers

Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson is one of the foremost figures in the international sustainable agriculture movement. In addition to being a world-renowned plant geneticist, he is a farmer, author, and professor emeritus of biology. He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan University, and a tenured full professor at California State University, Sacramento. There he established … Continued

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Severine von Tscharner Fleming is an organic farmer, young farmers advocate, publisher and organizer based in Downeast Maine. She runs Smithereen Farm, a MOFGA certified organic wild blueberry, seaweed, and orchard operation. Looking out on Cobscook Bay, Smithereen farm hosts summer camps, camping, and educational workshops. Since 2008 Severine has served as director of the … Continued

Eric Holt-Giménez

Eric Holt-Giménez  has been Executive Director of Food First since 2006. Of Basque and Puerto Rican heritage, he grew up milking cows and pitching hay in Point Reyes, CA, where he learned that putting food on the table is hard work. After studying rural education and biology at the University of Oregon and Evergreen State College, he … Continued


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