Check out this food system news from around our region:
Live with Mary Blue & Rosemary Gladstar
October 10, 7:00pm — TONIGHT!
Get exclusive access to Rosemary Gladstar and Mary Blue during this behind-the-scenes look into the court battle surrounding “Fire Cider”! The verdict is important to herbalists and anyone who makes their own medicines.
Join us for an exciting pre-Summit, live interview on October 10, 7pm US Eastern, with two of the Home Medicine Summit experts: Rosemary Gladstar and Mary Blue.
Potato Digging at Osamequin Farm
October 13, 1:00–3:00pm (weather permitting)
As the season turns to fall, farm harvests move underground to bring in roots for storage. Join us at Muck and Mystery Farm for one of the biggest harvests — the potato dig! After a summer of above-ground growth, the potato plants have disappeared, leaving piles of tubers to unbury from the ground.
Join us for this treasure hunt, and take home some of the bounty for your kitchen! Sunday, Oct 13th, 1-3pm, weather permitting.
This is Muck and Mystery’s first season of growing, and we’re excited to show off our fields to our neighbors and friends. If you’ve been buying veggies from the Osamequin Farm Stand, then you’ve been a customer of Muck and Mystery Farm! We’ll take a quick tour of the fields, and then get digging on the potatoes. There’ll be a pot of hot apple cider to warm up with!
This event is appropriate for adults and children. Dress to get dirty! We’ll meet at the Farm Stand at 1pm and then take the short 5-7 minute walk together over to the Muck and Mystery field.
Land Loss, Wealth, and Reparations
October 16, 6:00–8:00pm
Black farmers owned over 16 million acres of land in 1910, a time when black families owned “the largest amount of property they would ever own in the United States,” according to one scholar. These farmers were often respected in their communities, held civic leadership positions, and many were civil rights activists. Yet by the end of the 20th century, almost all of it — the land, the way of life — was gone. Black farmers faced widespread discrimination and violent reprisal from local whites, as well as federal policy designed to drive them out of business.
We invite you to join us on October 16, 2019, for a panel presentation on black land loss and reparations. The panel presentation is hosted by the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and multiple co-sponsors, and will be held in Harvard Law School’s Austin Hall North at 5:30pm.
The panelists will present their research estimating that black farmers have lost hundreds of billions in land and income as a result of discrimination, and discuss the impact this loss has had on racial wealth inequality, the civil rights movement, and the contemporary debate over reparations.
- Dania Francis, leading scholar on racial and socioeconomic disparities and economics of reparations; Assistant Professor of Economics and Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Darrick Hamilton, stratification economist who MSNBC recently called a “top advisor to 2020 Dems”; Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University.
- Thomas Mitchell, leading scholar on real property issues that impact poor and disadvantaged communities; Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law at Texas A&M University School of Law.
- Bryce Wilson Stucki, independent researcher and journalist, and leading expert on demographic data in the Census of Agriculture.
Join us for this discussion to examine how agricultural policy has contributed to, and continues to exacerbate, racial inequality, and identify solutions for a more equitable future.
Third Annual Food Tank NYC Summit
Live Stream Begins November 1
The 3rd Annual Food Tank NYC Summit is sold out — but you can stream it for FREE on FoodTank.com.
The theme of the event is “The Food Movement is Growing (and Winning)!” You can tune in live online starting on November 1, and you can submit questions for our amazing speakers and panelists using #FoodTank across all social media.
We’ve completely sold out the 800+ seat Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (!!!) in New York City and have an unforgettable lineup of speakers that includes folks such as: Dan Barber, Marion Nestle, Kimbal Musk, A.C. Gallo, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Mark Hyman, Leah Penniman, Karen Washington, Rocky Dawuni, Ron Ben-Israel, Sam Kass, Tom Colicchio, and over 60 more speakers, with panels and conversations moderated by top food reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and VICE.
We are so proud to partner on this Summit and Gala Dinner with New York University’s Steinhardt School, the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, Great Performances, and Chartwells!