Upcoming Events


Our Land: A Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century

April 26th and 27th in Berkeley, CA

Full details at http://agrariantrust.org/symposium/. Tickets for each day sold seperately, limited tickets available. 
Please note: Before the Symposium in April, you may be interested in a  reading list of related materials.


April 26th, 6 PM
Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley campus
David vs. Goliath
Wes Jackson, The Land Institute
Land Grab
Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute
Revitalizing Land and Community through Urban Agriculture 
Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, CA
Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth
With introductions by Severine v T Fleming, Agrarian Trust
April 27th, 9:30 AM-5 PM
The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA
The Future of Family Farming
Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, Virginia
introduced by Severine v T Fleming, Agrarian Trust
Land Reform: On the table
Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First, Oakland CA
Practical Solutions: New Economics
Sjoerd Wartena, Terre de Liens, France
Kathy Ruhf, Land for Good, NH
Reggie Knox, California Farmlink, Santa Cruz
Agrarian Principles: Historical Context
Elizabeth Henderson, Peaceworks Farm/Agricultural Justice Project, New York
Gary Nabhan, Author/Professor, Arizona
Discussion moderated by:
Dave Henson, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center


Evening Event: Reception and Screening of "The Last Crop" by Chuck Schultz, Sponsored by Vital Systems CA

5:30 pm @ Vital Systems CA (a short walk from the Brower Center)

"The Last Crop" is a tribute to farmers Annie and Jeff Main, and other small family farmers, whose lifelong work has changed our food system for the better. It is a CALL TO ACTION to ensure that our nation’s fertile farmland will be affordable to our next generation of such farmers.


Purchase Tickets


Berkeley Food Institute California Farm Link Chelsea Green Publishing David Brower Center Roots of Change



Peter Barnes - Economics for the Anthropocene

Sunday July 27, 2014, Location TBD

Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successful businesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics.  His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don't Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a practical solution to economic inequality.

Barnes grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in history from Harvard and an M.A. in government from Georgetown.  He was a Washington correspondent for Newsweek and west coast correspondent for The New Republic.  In 1976 he co-founded a worker-owned solar energy company in San Francisco, and in 1983 he co-founded Working Assets (now Credo).  In 1995 he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.

He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the National Cooperative Bank, the California Solar Industry Association, Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Rainbow Workers Cooperative, Redefining Progress, Greenpeace International and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

His books include Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-SoldierThe People’s LandWho Owns the Sky? and Capitalism 3.0.  His articles have appeared in The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the American Prospect, the Utne ReaderYes! and elsewhere.  In 1997 he founded the Mesa Refuge, a writers’ retreat in northern California.  



Judy Wicks - Building a New Economy: What's Love Got to Do with It?

Friday October 9, 2014, Location TBD

Judy Wicks is a leader, writer, and speaker in the localization movement. She began buying from local farmers in 1986 for her restaurant White Dog Café, which she started on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. Realizing that helping other restaurants connect with local farmers would strengthen the regional food system, she founded Fair Food Philly in 2000. The following year she co-founded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), now a network of over 20,000 local independent businesses in the U.S. and Canada, and founded the local affiliate Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, currently with over 400 members. In 2009 Judy sold the White Dog with a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting, and using renewable energy. She is the recipient of many local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Philadelphia Sustainability Award for Lifetime Achievement. She continues to serve on the board of directors of BALLE. Her memoir, "Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer," was published in 2013.