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InFARMation: Racial and Food Justice Series
September 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Equitable Food Access: Hear from Farmers in the Field
A common frustration for every small, sustainable farmer is the reckoning between the low wages and long hours it takes and the high cost of the food produced. A cost that is unobtainable by those most in need in our community or even the farmer themselves. Join us Tuesday to hear from Indigenous and Black farmers who’ve come up with creative and successful solutions to make a livable wage while also ensuring they can support and feed their community. What have been their challenges, successes, and failures? This is an opportunity for the farming community at large to listen and learn from the experience of Black and Indigenous farmers dedicated to serving their community. And a chance for all of us to leverage our resources to support these creative solutions.
Speakers for the evening:
Michelle Week, Good Rain Farm
x̌ast sq̓it (hast squeit) translates to Good Rain in the traditional language of the sngaytskstx (Sinixt) the Arrow Lakes Peoples. Farm Founder Michelle is of Sinixt ancestry. Good Rain Farm has two sites located in Camas, WA and Gresham, OR.
“The Farm has always held food sovereignty, empowerment, concern for community and honorable stewardship of the land as our founding principles. At x̌ast sq̓it Farm we explore our relationship with this land, we decolonize and question our notions of ‘food” and ‘nourishment’. To better serve our community and insure inclusivity the farm celebrates our diversity, through highlighting this endangered native language, cousin to all the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. This language so muddied by Chinook Jargon and often used so casually that residents of the PNW forget that some common day words and names are remnants of a displaced people. We begin conversation, build awareness, and look forward to a Good Rain that will feed our ecosystems, community and self.”
Malcolm Hoover, Black Futures Farm
Malcolm is the Co-Director of Black Futures Farm which is located in SE Portland. The farm is a group of Black identified/Diasporic and Continental African people working together, growing food and community.
“Our aim is to implement the best methods of growing food, taking the best of what we can from our ancestral practices while being a part of innovation. We are Black people determined to be self sufficient, self reliant, cooperative, and prosperous – food sovereignty for Black people is a crucial step in that journey. We are using agriculture and farming to organize and grow community, because asserting control over our own food systems is a basic step in self determination. We are also Futurists in that we are working to create a world where healthy, delicious food is accessible to everyone.”
Spring Alaska Schreiner, Sakari Botanicals
“My name is Upingakraq (time when the ice breaks) Spring Alaska Schreiner is the owner and Principal Ecologist-Indigenous Agriculturalist managing all things glorious on our farm related to growing, giving, teaching and keeping our beautiful farm in order. Born and raised in Valdez, Alaska and the daughter of Chief Helmer J. Olson of the Valdez Native Tribe. Inupiaq lineage allows a unique/diverse cultural perspective of use of historical food systems ranging from Alaska to Oregon and regional tribal lands on Turtle Island.”
Sakari Botanicals is located in Tumalo, Oregon. The farm works in collaboration with the Central Oregon Seed Exchange as a unique Deschutes County based cold climate seed bank, offering free seed and agricultural education to the public. They also host Sakari Botanicals, a Value Added Product culinary and healing tribal business. They specialize in growing Native American Tribal Foods, offering technical assistance, classes, implementing research-based tribal seed production, and contract and wholesale growing.
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