Conference Welcome & Keynote Speaker: Sunday, February 7th, 3-5 pm
Sherri Mitchell - Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset, is a Native American attorney, teacher, activist and change maker who grew up on the Penobscot Indian Reservation. She is the author of Sacred Instructions; Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, and convener of the global healing ceremony Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island. She is the founding director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection of Indigenous land, water and religious rights, and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life. Sherri works at the intersection between Indigenous rights, climate change and conscious evolution. She has been a longtime advisor to the American Indian Institute’s Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth and was a program coordinator for their Healing the Future Program. She has also served as an advisor to the Indigenous Elders and Medicine People’s Council of North and South America for the past 20 years, and is a consultant and Advisory Committee member for Nia Tero’s International Indigenous Land Guardianship Program. She currently speaks and teaches around the world.
Featured Panel Discussion: Sunday, February 13th, 3-4:30 pm
Collective Wisdom: Elders & Longtime Leaders of the Organic Movement
Panelists: Dave Marchant, Riverberry Farm; Grace Gershuny; Suzanne Long, Luna Bleu Farm, more panelists TBD, facilitated by Will Stevens, Golden Russet Farm
This panel discussion was created in acknowledgement that the organic food and farming movement has been built through the daily hard work and dedication of so many amazing people. As we look back on the past 50 years of NOFA-VT, we want to honor those who have continued to pave the way for success now and into the future. Join us for this discussion to celebrate the collective knowledge and wisdom of our elders, hear about their challenges and triumphs, and imagine ways we can apply their past lessons learned towards a thriving future.
Featured Panel Discussion: Sunday, February 21st, 3-4:30 pm
Future Scouting: Innovative and Emerging Leaders for our Vermont Agricultural Future
Panelists: Abbie Corse, The Corse Family Dairy; Amber Arnold & Naomi Moody, The SUSU commUNITY Farm; Jenna Baird, Baird Farm; Marita Canedo, Migrant Justice; Taylor Mendell, Footprint Farm
This panel looks to the future, building on the lessons of the past through innovations and systems thinking. This discussion will raise up the voices of some new and emerging womxn leaders helping to build Vermont’s agricultural future. This panel will include farmers, movement builders and leaders from all aspects of food and farming.