The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the precarious nature of industrial agriculture and how the few companies dominating this sector often leave out contract farmers and essential workers at all levels of the supply chain. A resilient, equitable local and regional food system is more important than ever. This crisis offers us an opportunity to reject what isn’t working and build on what is. Fair Farms, Center for Progressive Reform and Waterkeepers Chesapeake are hosting Supporting Sustainable Farmers During a Pandemic & Beyond on June 3rd, a panel discussion on how shifting to a more sustainable and diverse local farming system can increase crop production, create a cleaner and healthier environment, and increase economic opportunity for farmers, workers, and communities.
On June 3rd, you’ll hear from our panel of local farmers and food system experts about how the coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for regional farmers to feed our local communities. Lisa Garfield of Salisbury, Maryland; Stewart Lundy of Accomac, Virginia; and Taffy Gwitira of Baltimore will share their experiences with transitioning to sustainable, diversified agriculture and explain what still needs to be done to support their efforts, such as creating regional processing centers. They will also discuss the critical role consumers play in supporting farmers who make the switch — and more generally their local, sustainable farming community. CPR Board Member Laurie Ristino will moderate the discussion.
Can’t attend? Register anyway and we will send you the recording.