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Race, equity and access to land – two opportunities to build awareness

Long overdue conversations about race, equity and diversity offer all of us opportunities to explore structural racism and pervasive inequities on personal as well as professional levels. When we work to improve access to land, we can ask,

Who’s benefiting and who’s left out? How can we more effectively design for inclusion? How can we get more comfortable with difficult conversations on race? How can we strengthen our understanding and actions around equitable land access?

Here are two opportunities to build awareness.

Research Brief on the US Farm Bill, Corporate Power and Structural Racism in the US Food System by the Haas Institute at University of California-Berkley. More digestible than the title suggests, this report packs a powerful punch, including a section on farmland and federal support.

The 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge developed by Food Solutions New England and the Interaction Institute for Social Change. Daily prompts suggest ways to engage, including some excellent (and yes, entertaining) short videos and a top notch resources list. This is for everyone. Sign up!

 

The Land Access Project is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant # 2015-04544. The project is directed by Land For Good in partnership with over 40 collaborating organizations, agencies and individual experts in six New England states.

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