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2015 Spring Forum—LAND: the foundation of a healthy food system

April 2, 2015

Attend PVGrows 2015 Spring Forum to learn about the role that 'secure access to land' plays in our food system – and how individuals and organizations can work together to strengthen this foundation.  The forum will be held on Wednesday, April 15th from 9:00-1:30 p.m., at Open Square in Holyoke, MA.

Like past forums, the 2015 spring forum will include interactive sessions, structured networking, opportunities for collaboration, and a locally-grown lunch. This event is open to anyone interested in and working for a healthy food system in the Pioneer Valley.  PVGrows is a collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the ecological and economic sustainability and vitality of the Pioneer Valley food system. Every year PVGrows hosts one or two networking forums open to anyone working to build a healthy Pioneer Valley Food System.

Some questions that will be addressed at the forum include:
• How does access to farmland fit into a vision of creating a healthy, resilient, and equitable food system?
• How can we ensure that farmland is available and protected for future generations?
• What is the connection between food access and farmland access?
• What can urban and rural communities learn from one another about accessing land for food production?

Community support is critical to help farmers access, hold, and transfer land – and to keep working farms viable for future generations. Attendees will learn how they can be a part of the effort to help farmers.

For more information and to register, please go to PVGrows.  Sliding Scale Registration: $0-50. Space is limited to 130.

There will be a Massachusetts Food Plan Listening Session following the Forum.

Sponsored by: Real Pickles, CISA, UMass Center for Agriculture, Food & the Environment, Partners for a Healthier Community Inc., Westfield State University, Daisa Enterprises, Common Capital, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Farm Credit East, Land For Good, Lydia B. Stokes Foundation, Solidago Foundation, The Conway School, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Grow Food Northampton, Just Roots, The MA Food System Plan, Franklin Land Trust, Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust, Hilltown Land Trust, The Trustees of Reservations, Simple Diaper & Linen, New England Farmers Union, The Frances Fund and Just Roots.