Community Farm Bill Workshop & Kick-off the formation of the Seattle Farm Bill Action Group!
Sunday August 8, 4-6:30 pm, followed by a potluck
See attached flier & announcement online hereWorkshop Description: Through interactive activities participants will learn about how the Farm Bill affects them personally and create a vision for the Farm Bill we want! Guest speakers Ben Burkett, Sue McGann and John Fawcett-Long will help participants understand the basics of the Farm Bill, its impacts on farmers, communities and consumers in WA state, and the struggles to improve the Farm Bill in 2008, including what lessons we can learn from these past efforts to be more effective in 2012.
The workshop is Free! Potluck following- please bring something to share if you are able! Location: New Hope Baptist Church 116 21st Ave. – between Fir & Yesler in the Central District of Seattle
About the speakers: Ben Burkett is a 4th generation Mississippi Farmer, President of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the National Family Farm Coalition, and involved in the international movement of farmers and farmworkers, La Via Campesina. CAGJ invited him to Seattle to give the keynote at our annual dinner on August 7, Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere. John Fawcett-Long has been a long-time advocate organizer for a sustainable and justice food and farming system. He was raised on a farm in southwestern Minnesota and moved to Seattle in the mid-80s. He has served as Director of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and on the Steering Committee of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. He is a co-founder of the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network. John served as a key grassroots food and farming organizer in 1999 for the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Sue McGann is the Coordinator of Marra Farm, historic preserved farmland in South Park. A project of Lettuce Link – Solid Ground, Marra features a model urban community farm engaging people in sustainable agriculture and education while enhancing local food security. Sue coordinates the Giving Garden which generates tons of fresh, organic produce every year that is donated to a nearby food bank.
Workshop Sponsors: Cascade Harvest Coalition, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Creatives 4 Community/Ground Up, Moving Images, Seattle Farm Co-op, Spring Into Bed/Cascadian Edible Landscapes, Village Volunteers, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network, Witness for Peace
Heather Day, Director
Community Alliance for Global Justice