2018 Pioneer Valley Grows Forum

2018 Pioneer Valley Grows Forum
Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:15am – 4:15pm
Gateway City Arts – Holyoke, MA
Immigration, Food Access, Land Access
Keynote Address from Migrant Justice

Join the PVGrows Network as we dig deep on the urgent and timely topics facing the Pioneer Valley Food System today. Add your voice to the conversation around challenges facing the local food system, broaden and deepen your relationships with others in the field, and identify ways to take collaborative action for a more just, equitable food system!

Lunch catered by Gateway City Arts  Spanish interpretation services available

The 2018 PVGrows Forum is sold out. 

To be added to the waitlist, email Noah Baustin.

Keynote from Migrant Justice

Migrant Justice organizes immigrant farmworkers and allies in the state of Vermont for human rights and economic justice. Founded in 2009 after the death of a young dairy worker, the organization brings the farmworker community together with community assemblies to create a vision and roadmap for advancing human rights through collective action. In the decade since its founding, Migrant Justice has received national accolades for its cutting edge grassroots organizing, winning access to driver’s licenses for immigrant workers and the country’s strongest statewide policy preventing police collaboration with deportation agencies. In 2017, Migrant Justice signed a contract with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to implement the organization’s worker-driven social responsibility program “Milk with Dignity” in the company’s supply chain. This program is now transforming conditions and securing human rights on farms across the state.


Sessions for the Day

Land Access in the Pioneer Valley

Both rural and urban agriculture face challenges related to land access in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Our region’s long history of enslavement, racial discrimination, and anti-immigrant biases has forged the patterns of land and wealth distribution that exist today. Join us to explore this history, the challenges that exist in the field of land access today, and opportunities for taking action moving forward. 

Immigration and the Food System

Now is a time of heightened stress and fear for foreign-born residents of the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Foreign-born residents play a substantial role in the food system of our region and now, more than ever, it is essential to support the food system workers of the Pioneer Valley. Join us as we examine the current lay of the land for immigrants working in the food system and explore approaches to taking action moving forward.

Building Civic Muscle for Food Resilience 

What’s the Farm Bill? Why does it matter? Build your toolbox, and take away actions your communities can do at the State and Federal levels to preserve the programs that ensure healthy food is accessible to all.

The Trump Administration’s 2019 Budget proposed cutting SNAP’s budget by over $200 billion in the coming decade while radically restructuring the entire program. This session will feature updates on the current status of this and other essential programs like Farm to School and FINI, which we know as HIP, while offering an opportunity for developing strategies across our communities for protecting current funding levels and new ways of moving forward.

The PVGrows Forum is sold out.

To be added to the waitlist, email Noah Baustin.

Note: We want the PVGrows Forum to be accessible to everyone regardless of financial standing or institutional support. For this reason, there are six different fee level options, ranging from FREE to $75. These options exist to give attendees the opportunity to select a fee level that fits within their budget. Attendees will not receive additional benefits for paying a higher fee.

Para español. View the event page in Spanish. Live Spanish language interpretation services will be available. To register for the Forum in Spanish, please call CISA at (413) 665-7100 and ask for Mia. 

The Forum

PVGrows is a collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the environmental and economic vitality of the Pioneer Valley food system. For years, PVGrows Forums have provided our community valuable opportunities to make new connections, adopt fresh perspectives, and expand our capacity to work together. Our network is made up of professionals, workers, advocates, and students from the fields of agriculture, food justice, public health, community development, local economic development, environmental sustainability, social justice, and more. Our events are open to all!

PVGrows Forums bring together food system stakeholders and participants to spend a day deeply exploring the Pioneer Valley food system. Our events are open to all. The 2018 PVGrows Forum is made possible by a volunteer planning committee, our sponsors, and CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture). Learn more about PVGrows Forums. Contact Noah with questions.

Thanks to Our Planning Committee

Rebecca Busansky, Franklin County CDC, PVGrows Investment Fund
Margaret Christie, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
Neftali Duran, I-Collective
Betsy Johnson, Springfield Food Policy Council
Liz O’Gilvie, Springfield Food Policy Council, Gardening the Community, City Soul Market
Catherine Sands, Fertile Ground

Thanks to our Sponsors

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