USDA has released its next round of funding, Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – 2, with improvements that will hopefully reach more farmers who were left out of previous aid programs. National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition breaks down the details of what farmers need to know about the revamped assistance program. National Young Farmers Coalition reminds us of the advocacy efforts it took to make significant changes that will better support smaller, diversified, and direct-market growers who were largely left out of CFAP-1. See links below to these important resources. Applications are now open and being accepted through December 11th.
Read below about communities working to increase local food security, right past wrongs, and bring lasting change. One food rights activist argues that we need food sovereignty for people of color, food justice in general for everyone, and systems change at the government scale.
Save the date to watch a free virtual screening of GATHER, a documentary that traces the intentional destruction of Native American foodways and the renaissance to reclaim indigenous agriculture and food systems, that will air on October 6th hosted by the Monadnock Food Co-op, Monadnock International Film Festival, and Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition. Register at the link below.
Hearing stories about Native people from Native people, along with experts in this type of storytelling, brings a tribal producer’s vision and First Nation’s work to the forefront.” – Michael E. Roberts (Tlingit), First Nations
In case you missed it this week, ABC’s Nightline began a series of Native Americans seeking reparations in different forms. Sogorea Te’ Land Trust co-founder, Corrina Gould, speaks about Ohlone history, reparations, and their work at the first Indigenous Women led land trust in the country.
Wherever you are in this country, you are on Indigenous land.” – Corrina Gould, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust and a member of the Lisjan Ohlone
Our week in review is a digest of noteworthy items that we are seeing, sharing, and saying on social media. We’re sharing it here to our farmers, supporters, and fellow farming advocates who may not follow us on all social platforms. If you do follow us on one social platform you might not be seeing all that we share, so this blog digest is a good place to get access to highlights from across platforms.
CFAP-2 Makes Aid Available to More Farmers
- Read: More Money Now Available to Farmers Impacted by the Pandemic, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- Read: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 is a Win for Young Farmers, National Young Farmers Coalition
- Apply: Applications are being accepted through December 11, 2020
Native American Foodways, Indigenous Food Sovereignty, and Reparations
- Save the date: October 6, 2020 for a free virtual film screening of Gather
- Read: Neftali Duran is Using Indigenous Wisdom to Educate Eaters and Address Inequity, by Melissa Montalvo for Civil Eats
- Watch: Native Americans seek reparations in different forms, ABC Nightline
- Participate: Register for Impactful Structural Change, Land Sovereignty, and Reparations, Part 5 of the A Force To Be Reckoned With: Women in VT’s Food System webinar series