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.