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Tuesday, October 22 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Creative Adaptations of Land Access Models

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Land access models presented at national conferences don’t always apply directly to our particular circumstances at home. A large farm in Vermont is not the same as a large farm in Iowa. Threats to farming range from industrial waste to housing development to dicamba drift, depending on the region of the country. Population density and history determine more than most models consider. People of color, new Americans and the working poor face layers of challenges. Even the definition of “farm” can be radically different. This session provides case studies from a wide variety of organizations adapting different models to help farmers gain access to land. The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, Renewing the Countryside and the Latino Economic Development Center will tell their stories of adopting a model and then adapting it to their circumstances.

Learning Objectives:
-What factors should be considered when adopting a land access model?
-Learn tips and tricks for adapting a model
-Gain the ability to recognize the dramatic differences in farming and land access challenges across the country.

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Suzan Erem

Executive Director, Sustainable Iowa Land Trust
Suzan Erem is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, a statewide conservation organization that permanently protects working lands to grow healthy, clean table food. Suzan's career has spanned two professions - writer and organizer. She has written... Read More →

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Kate Edwards

Farmland Access Navigator, Renewing the Countryside
Kate Edwards, Wildwood Farms & Renewing the Countryside, Minnesota Kate Edwards owns and operates Wild Woods Farm, a 7-acre vegetable farm in Johnson County, Iowa. She runs a vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) that feeds 200 families in her community. While her grandparent... Read More →
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Stephanie Morningstar

Co-Director, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
she/herOneida, Turtle ClanHerbalist, 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 grows medicines and food, teaches in her community, and is always learning... Read More →

Jaime Villalaz

Greater MN Ag/Business Development Director, Latino Economic Development Center
Jaime joined LEDC in early 2010 as business consultant providing technical assistance to Latino businesses and 2011 he started to work with Latino farmer groups and organize them as cooperatives. He has worked and incorporated sole proprietorship and partnership farms in Minnesota... Read More →

Tuesday October 22, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Victorian Dining Room