Three Pillars for 21st Century Food Security: Regenerative Agriculture, Local Food and New Farmers

Conventional industrial agriculture is systemically flawed, generating enormous collateral environmental, human and economic damage. To face the challenges of erratic climate, natural resource destruction, increased population, and the hardship economics of farming, we need skilled regenerative farmers and a more localized food system. This session will feature three leading figures working on different aspects of the movement to radically transform agriculture. We will begin with an introductory discussion with the whole group, followed by three separate, simultaneous breakouts: 

1. Regenerative Agriculture: Bringing life back to soils depleted by agrochemicals and destructive practices is the key to ensuring the land’s capacity to produce sufficient amounts of healthy food. With: regenerative agriculture consultant Jonathan Lundgren, owner of Blue Dasher Farm, where he combines cutting-edge science with hands-on experience to remove the barriers to adopting regenerative agriculture.

2. New Farmers: The average age of American farmers is close to 60 years old. Activist-farmer Severine von Tscharner Fleming is the founder and Director of Greenhorns,  a national organization promoting, recruiting and supporting new farmers. She will explore the challenges and triumphs of becoming a farmer, what you need to know if you are contemplating becoming a farmer, and what agricultural reforms are needed to increase new farmers’ chances for success. 

3. Local Food: Michael Ableman is a pathfinder in the organic farming and urban agriculture movements, and co-founder/Director of Sole Food Street Farms (one of North America’s largest urban agriculture social enterprises). He will share his experience operating an urban farm in the poorest neighborhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and explain how he has developed relationships with top chefs and how localized food systems can play a bigger role in food security.   

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm



Jonathan Lundgren
Blue Dasher Farm
Michael Ableman
Sole Food Street Farms
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