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Monday, November 29 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Land Access Panel

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It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room: the land access crisis. Rising land and housing prices have put traditional land ownership out of reach for many, at a time when supporting new and aspiring ecological farmers is more important than ever. These barriers disproportionately impact BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) farmers and equity-deserving groups. Join this honest conversation around land access as EFAO kicks off its winter Land Access Series, in collaboration with the National Farmers Union - Ontario. This conference plenary will introduce an overview of issues, challenges, and potential solutions related to land access. In it, we will hear from Celeste Smith about her experiences accessing land using a cultural easement; from Sally Miller (Fair Finance Fund) regarding some of the financial realities and possible solutions for accessing land in the current market; and the Northeast Farmers of Colour Land Trust will share about their innovative land access model that centres racial justice and equity.

Moderators
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Melissa Watkins

University of Guelph
Raised on a hobby farm, Melissa’s interest in agriculture began when she came to realize that her barnyard friends eventually made their way to the dinner table. Today she is the Project Director of Food from Thought: Agricultural Systems for a Healthy Planet, a research program... Read More →

Speakers
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Sally Miller

Fair Finance Fund
Sally Miller (MA/ PhD; MES), is the Project Manager for the Fair Finance Fund. She has worked in food and agriculture and co-ops for over twenty-five years, including the Local Food and Farm Co-ops, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Organic Meadow, Fourth Pig Worker Co-op, West End Food... Read More →
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Stephanie Morningstar

Northeast Farmers of Colour Land Trust
Stephanie is Mohawk, Oneida, and mixed European descent. She is an herbalist, soil and seed steward, scholar, student, and Earth Worker dedicated to decolonizing and liberating minds, hearts, and land- one plant, person, ecosystem, and non-human being at a time. Stephanie is the Executive... Read More →
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Celeste Smith

Cultural Seeds
Celeste Smith (she/her) is Oneida from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As an intergenerational trauma survivor, she has made it her life's mission to help Women/Gender Diverse People rebuild their connections to the land and their lifeways. Celeste is a seed steward, traditional... Read More →


Monday November 29, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Online over Zoom