by Laura Lengnick | Jan 20, 2020 | Speaking
Headed to Little Rock at the end of this week to keynote the Southern SAWG annual conference! It is great that SSAWG decided on the theme “Agricultural Resilience in a Changing Climate” because it is past time for us to come together as a community to figure out what we already know and what we still need to learn about how sustainable agriculture practices can reduce climate risk and capture new opportunities associated with climate change.
I will explore the rapidly evolving landscape of agricultural climate solutions in my keynote and lead a workshop on cultivating climate resilience on your farm or ranch. Looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones in Little Rock – hope to see you there!
Learn more and register for the conference here.
Southern SAWG focuses attention on issues and differing perspectives around food production, marketing, and distribution, and brings sustainable solutions to farmers, families and communities in the southern U.S. SSAWG functions as a regional entity, working with and through hundreds of associated organizations across 13 southern states.
by Laura Lengnick | Jan 9, 2020 | Speaking
I’m heading to Dayton, Ohio in February to share keynote responsibilities with Eric Holt-Giménez, long time executive director of Food First – an organization that has challenged my thinking and inspired some of my best work over the years – at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association‘s annual conference.
Eric and I will explore the barriers and opportunities for transforming the food system to restore the damage done by global industrialism and produce well-being for all people and the planet. This transformation is already on the ground and growing throughout the U.S. and beyond, thanks to sustainable farmers (and those that support them) who have been busy over the last 40 years innovating our resilient food future.
My thanks to Public News Service for this shout out about my work and my keynote at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Annual Conference next month!
Eric Holt-Giménez is an agroecologist, political economist, activist, and author. From 2006-2019, he was the Executive Director of Food First, where he worked to end the injustices that cause hunger, build a global movement for food sovereignty, and advance agroecology and sustainable food systems.
Find out more about the conference here!
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) cultivates a future in which sustainable and organic farmers thrive, local food nourishes our communities, and agricultural practices protect and enhance our environment.
by Laura Lengnick | Jan 6, 2020 | Speaking
As my winter quiet comes to a close, I am looking forward to several gatherings of “susties” over the next two months. First up: I head to Roanoke VA this weekend to share keynote responsibilities with my good buddy (and long time shero!) vegetable farmer, author and teacher Ellen Polishuk at the Virginia Association for Biological Farming annual conference.
Ellen (pictured above) is a farm consultant, writer and workshop leader. She takes her 35 years of biological vegetable farming experience to help growers around the country. Ellen is the co-author of Start Your Farm, and writes the farmer to farmer profile column for Growing For Market magazine.
I’ll be speaking about climate change, resilience and the future of food and teaching a workshop on tools for the climate-savy farmer’s climate resilience toolbox. I’m also scheduled for fireside chats (love this!) on Sunday and Monday.
Speaking at the VABF conference is really special for me – I got started on this fascinating journey in sustainable agriculture doing my master’s research way back in the early 1980’s on an organic grain farm in the Northern Neck near Fredericksburg. Looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones this weekend. Hope to see you there!
Learn more about the conference and how to register here.
VABF encompasses a community of farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, students, teachers, researchers, and general supporters of local and sustainable food systems! Find out more about VABF memberships.
by Laura Lengnick | Dec 15, 2019 | News
Great to see the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance in the news! NACSAA is a North American farmer-led organization focused on promoting climate solutions in agriculture through the principles of sustainable intensification, mitigation and resilience. I’ve worked with the NACSAA governing board over the last four years to integrate resilience thinking into their policy and programs.
Check out the article here!
by Laura Lengnick | Dec 10, 2019 | News
Resilient Agriculture farmer Will Harris speaks to the BBC about a different model of livestock production – one that puts us on the path to a resilient food future. Thank you, Will!
From “It’s Not the Cow, It’s the How” :
Gases which help to heat the atmosphere and contribute to climate change are a by-product of the cattle industry.
They include direct emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from cows, and carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide from the likes of packaging, transportation and fertilisers.
But one farmer in the US state of Georgia believes a different way of farming means his cows can be part of the solution. Will Harris says “it’s not the cow, it’s the how”.