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Manaaki Whenua : How We Care For Our Land
18 March at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This is an evening connecting over our role within our ecosystem and acknowledging that there are many acts of service in order to restore our Whenua.
We are very lucky to have 2 amazing guest speakers at this event:
Severine von Tscharner Fleming is an organic farmer, young farmers advocate, publisher and organizer based in Downeast Maine.
Since 2008 Severine has served as director of the grassroots young farmers cultural organization Greenhorns which produces a literary journal for working agrarians called the New Farmers Almanac.Greenhorns produce many kinds of publications, media, events and exhibits including a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, a popular blog, a series of web-documentaries called www.OURLAND.tv, and a film festival called UP UP Farm! Greenhorns will soon open their 8,000 volume library for agrarian scholars.
Since 2013 Severine has served as a founding board president of Agrarian Trust— an innovative national land-access advocacy organization working in the framework of the commons to raise the issue of land succession, support incoming and outgoing agrarians as well as other decisions makers on the land, and to build a national cooperatively owned farmland commons. Agrarian Trust hosts a series of national Symposia called OUR LAND.
Wendy McWilliam is a landscape ecologist, landscape architect and environmental planner who specializes in the planning, design and management of green infrastructure in urban and rural landscapes. Green infrastructure in food landscapes are the vegetative and hydrological components of these systems, that may or may not play a role in food production, but also provide other important services to farmers and communities, like water cleansing or support for pollinators. At the moment, my focus is on rural agricultural systems, both vineyards and animal production systems (e.g. dairy or sheep); however, I also get involved in researching community gardens. In terms of the latter my colleagues and I recently published a paper on the role of community gardens in post-earthquake recovery.