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No Justice, No Peace – reflections on organic farming, CSA and domestic fair trade.

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February 2016

Rural Regeneration: The Urgenci International CSA Conference in China

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By Elizabeth Henderson

Part 1

One of the first books I read after making the decision to move to a farm in Gill, MA was Farmers of Forty Centuries by F.H. King, a US agronomist who toured farms in China, Korea and Japan in 1909. I was impressed and inspired by King’s descriptions of the intensive, highly integrated farms where every scrap of nutrient, including humanure, was carefully recycled, and hoped one day to see for myself.  The Urgenci International CSA Conference in Beijing, Nov. 18 – 22, 2015, was my big chance.

One of my secrets is that I am the “honorary president” of Urgenci.  This way I evade regular board responsibilities and get to do only the jobs I like best Continue reading “Rural Regeneration: The Urgenci International CSA Conference in China”

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Rural Regeneration: Report from the 6th Urgenci International CSA Conference in Beijing

Thursday evening 7 pm March 3, 2016 at the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence, 929 S. Plymouth, Rochester
Rural Regeneration: Report from the 6th Urgenci International CSA Conference in Beijing
Elizabeth Henderson, organic farmer, Peacework Organic CSA, on the board of NOFA-NY
I will share the excitement of the 6th International CSA Conference in Beijing where CSA farmers/organizers from all continents exchanged experiences of agroecological projects based on family-scale farms that connect directly with people who want food they can trust. I will highlight outstanding examples of solidarity economics gleaned from many countries and cultures, focusing on what we can learn to improve CSA in the US. I will show photos Erin Bullock and I took of the CSAs and other farms we visited in China, and reflect on the rapid spread of CSAs facilitated by the New Rural Regeneration movement. I will also talk about the role of Urgenci in advocating for family-scale agroecological farming through the civil society mechanism of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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