Voices of Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series: Part II

October 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM ET

Registration Deadline: October 20, 2021 - 11:59PM


Contact: Lindsay Mensch

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Part I: Friday, September 10, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Part II: Friday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

What does on-farm sustainability look like? How can farmers implement practices that support their personal, community, and environmental well-being?

In this special virtual speaker series, farmers and other participants will learn from farmers, researchers, and educators about healthy soil and water, successful farming practices, seed sovereignty, resilience, and more.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A at each event.

Registration is free and required to participate. Recordings will be posted and shared afterwards.

Part II will feature:

Building Regional Seed Resilience

Presented by Shiloh Maples, Anishinaabe educator, community organizer, and seed keeper

Seed sovereignty and resilience are essential parts of any healthy, vibrant agricultural system. That is part of the reason why the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, a program of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, is working to revitalize and protect culturally significant seed varieties. This session will give an overview of the strategies and tools being used by this inter-tribal, grassroots network to build a regional seed growers cooperative.

Healing Land and Communities with Edible Landscapes

Presented by Naim Edwards, Director of the MSU-Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation 

Large-scale production of annual crops has concentrated control of the food production into a small portion of the population and contributed to environmental degradation. The negative effects of this paradigm can be countered by integrating perennial fruits and nuts more intentionally into the land scape. Perennial crops require minimal soil disturbance, produce more food per plant over time, and create conditions for additional social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Wellbeing on the farm – an integrated approach to ensuring sustainability and resilience

Presented by Jenny Hodbod, Assistant Professor in the MSU Department of Community Sustainability

While there is increasing focus on the environmental sustainability of our farms, we often miss the connection between making sure that sustainable management practices also support happy, healthy, and profitable farms. Dr. Hodbod will outline how her research in Michigan is integrating environmental, social, and economic wellbeing measures to look at rural wellbeing in a holistic manner, and how that leads to farms that are sustainable and resilient.

Speaker Bios

Shiloh Maples is an Anishinaabe educator, community organizer, and seed keeper. Shiloh has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in community organizing. She has also completed certificate programs in organic farming and sustainable community design. During her time as a student, Shiloh recognized the powerful potential of food systems to heal and transform both individuals and communities. Since then, Shiloh has been committed to serving food sovereignty movements, revitalizing ancestral foodways, and Indigenous community planning. Shiloh aspires to support the sovereignty of Indigenous communities, build our collective capacity, and work collaboratively in a spirit of solidarity. In her practice, Shiloh works in partnership with community members and local leaders from around the Great Lakes to work towards a more sustainable and equitable food system.

Naim Edwards directs the MSU - Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning and Innovation, one of the nation's first urban agriculture centers. His work seeks to connect people more deeply to nature through food production and land management. Naim holds science degrees from Morehouse College and the University of Michigan, and he volunteered with the Peace Corps in Ecuador for sustainable agriculture and natural resource conservation projects.

Dr. Jenny Hodbod is an environmental social scientist researching social-ecological resilience in food systems. Currently she is leading community-engaged work in Michigan exploring how to simultaneously boost rural wellbeing and resilience, with a focus on conduits and barriers to adoption of sustainable agricultural management strategies.

This speaker series is brought to you by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and Michigan Good Food Fund with funding from Leaf Jerky and Kellogg’s.

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