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2021 Agriculture & Food Conference
February 28 @ 11:00 am - March 2 @ 9:00 pm
SEMAP’s flagship annual event, the Agriculture & Food Conference #AgFood21, returns this year with the theme Resilient Farming. Whether you’re a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, the Ag & Food Conference is for you! Each year, the Conference includes workshops for the general public, as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. For the first time in 2021, the Ag & Food Conference will be fully virtual!
Though it will be different from previous years, we’re excited to welcome you from your desk, field, barn, greenhouse, or anywhere you can hop online. Join webinars, workshops, networking hours, and more with other local food advocates across the region and beyond. You will have access to our online conference platform, attendee and sponsor/exhibitor list, and video recordings of all sessions for one year afterward.
Keynote Speaker: Severine von Tscharner Fleming
Severine is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in Downeast Maine. She runs Smithereen Farm, a MOFGA certified organic wild blueberry, seaweed, and orchard operation which hosts summer camps, camping, and educational workshops. She is a founder and board member of Agrarian Trust and current director of the Greenhorns, a 13 year old grassroots organization whose mission is to recruit, promote, and support the incoming generation of farmers in America.
Greenhorns produce media and publications for and about the young farmers movement from documentary films to almanacs, anthologies, mix-tapes, posters, guidebooks, and digital maps. They are best known for The New Farmer’s Almanac, now in its fourth edition, their documentary film, “The Greenhorns,” and the raucous young farmer mixers they’ve thrown in 37 states and 14 grange halls.
Severine is co-founder and board secretary of Farm Hack, an online, open-source platform for appropriate and affordable farm tools and technologies, as well as a founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, which now boasts 23 state and regional coalitions. She serves on the board of the Schumacher Center for New Economics, and on the advisory board of Savanna Institute. Severine attended Pomona College and the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. in Conservation/Agroecology.
Find Severine’s interview with SEMAP here. The Keynote will take place on Sunday 2/28, 12-1:30 p.m. EST.
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