InFARMation Spring Series: Land and Capital Access
April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
InFARMation Series: Creative Ways to Access Land and Capital
February 23, March 30, April 27, and May 25th from 6:30pm-8pm
The average farmer in Oregon is around 60 years old. Without a plan to get new farmers onto the land, when the older generation hangs up their tools in the next decade we stand to lose 25-50% of farmland currently in production to conglomeration or development. Join us the last Tuesday in February through May from 6:30pm – 8pm to talk about creative ways farmers and organizations are working collaboratively to protect farms and ranches in Oregon.
Although not everyone is interested in accessing land to grow food themselves, this generational land transfer will affect the future of the food system as a whole. We will break down reasons WHY these issues are important for all Oregonians (not just farmers!), such as watershed health, carbon sequestering, the fact that 98% of land ownership is white, rural economic development, and the accessibility of local food. Throughout the series we will hear about the inspiring hard work that farmers of color and organizations are doing to circumvent the barriers created by structural racism in the agricultural and financial system. We will discuss the biggest threats to Oregon’s farmland, different types of capital available, the importance of having a farm business plan, the benefits of collective farming, and how we can support our BIPOC farming community. Having these continued conversations and sharing resources is a good first step to protecting and preserving our farmland. With the collaboration of Steward, this series is free and welcome to everyone. We hope you can join us!
April 27th –
AnAkA – AnAkA is a descendent of revolutionaries, healers, and earth protectors. She currently serves as the Administrative Manager for the Black Oregon Land Trust, a non-profit organization that secures land for communal ownership and tending, and supports thriving life in our communities. BOLT is a collective of farmers, herbalists, birthworkers, mothers, artists and visionaries committed to our collective liberation. AnAkA grew up in Portland, OR and has launched herself into the world as an active archivist, alchemist and artist. She practices the ancestral right to live a sovereign life through herbalism, tattooing, photography, film, dance and music. She is particularly passionate about sacred wisdom and cultural preservation, and believes this mission is in direct alignment with land reclamation. AnAkA envisions a future full of sacred temples on protected lands, holding space for communities to thrive in peace. You can see her work here.
letty chichitonyolotli martinez – Letty, farmer and herbalist at Flying Dogheart Farm, grows medicinal herbs on their small urban farm and makes fresh herbal remedies for people and their dogs from what they cultivate on Wapato Island. They also raise Rabbits for meat and Chickens for eggs. Flying DogHeart Farm is working to join the movement to change the face of farming and herbalism in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest by working in solidarity with the Raceme Farm Collective, Canoe Journey Herbalists, Black Food Sovereignty Coalition and other Black and Brown Led efforts to connect Black and Brown people to land and relationship to plants.
Travis Bond and Logan Brown – Simply Sol is a long awaited dream come true for Travis and Logan. Their vision has always been to cultivate a medicinal, educational, and truly sustainable farm utilizing contemporary and traditional seventh generation agricultural practices and renewable energy. They are working with Steward to access capital to expand their hemp seed, plants and products business. Through the funding they secure through Steward, the individual investors will help Simply Sol with infrastructure, building soil health, equipment and more.