Agriculture has historically been, and continues to be, rife with systemic racism and inequality. Events of 2020 have brought these issues to the fore, and highlighted that we cannot talk about ecological farming without talking about racial justice. And yet so often we do.
At this year’s Virtual EFAO Conference, join one of the following sessions to hear from inspiring Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) farmers and farm leaders, and be part of this important conversation around how we can work together to cultivate racial justice in ecological agriculture in Ontario.
Speaker Panel: Working for Racial Justice in Farming
December 4, 2020 Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The current global pandemic has highlighted the outsize impact of ecological challenges on racialized communities, especially those working within our struggling food systems. This panel will discuss how racism and systemic racism affects Black, Indigenous and other farmers of colour, and what steps we can take together for racial justice within the ecological farming movement.
BIPOC Farmer Meet-up & Consultation
December 3, 2020 Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Join fellow Black, Indigenous and other farmers of colour to network and provide feedback to the organization about how EFAO can better meet the needs of farmers and members who are currently underrepresented in the organization and the ecological farming movement at large. If you’re a BIPOC farmer interested in attending, RSVP here.
Innovation & Community in Urban Agriculture
November 30, 2020, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
This session will be led by Cheyenne Sundance, owner and operator of Sundance Harvest, an urban farm offering a free urban agriculture mentorship program for BIPOC, LGBTQ2S and youth with disabilities. Cheyenne will talk about the logistics of growing in an urban environment as well as the important role of community in this farm.
EFAO’s board and staff are committed to increasing their understanding around anti-racism towards Black, Indigenous, and people of colour and to becoming a more inclusive organization. Join us at this year’s AGM to learn more about the steps that EFAO is taking in this work.
For more information on all of the sessions and speakers at the conference this year, visit conference.efao.ca.