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Occupy Farms Newsletter - Issue #1

Welcome to the first edition of the new Occupy Farms newsletter. We’ve got lots going on—both in the city and on the farms—and we want you to be a part of it!

Occupy Farms has meetings every Thursday at the Gandhi Statue at Union Square at 5:30pm. Come to our next meeting and find out how you can plug into our work.

We’ve got lots of opportunities for occupiers looking to get out and help on farms. If you’d like to to work on a farm, please fill out this form. If you’re involved with a farm and want to connect, please fill out this one.

Visit us online at occupyfarms.nycga.net to learn more.


✴Events: In the City✴

Farmageddon Screening, Tuesday, May 8th at 7pm!
@ Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Join Occupy Farms as we screen Farmageddon, a documentary revealing the slow attack on America's small farmers by Big Agriculture and the governmental policies that uphold it. From the film website: "Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why."

Screening to be followed by discussion of the issues raised in the film. Potlucking encouraged!


2012 Brooklyn Food Conference, Saturday, May 12th 9am-6pm
@ Brooklyn Tech High School, 29 Fort Greene Pl., Brooklyn, NY
Get to know your local food scene. The BFC is a free, all-day event filled with workshops, keynotes from notable food activists, panel discussions, food demos, family programming, art and much more. The 2012 conference will bring food activists, local farmers, academics, restaurateurs, health advocates and all those interested in food justice together to discuss the global food economy and its impact on our lives. Occupy Farms will be tabling at the event. Come by and say hi!


The Great ReSkilling, Thursday, May 17th, 6-10pm
@ the Hort, 148 W. 37th St., Manhattan, NY
Want to learn Bokashi composting? How about container gardening or food fermentation? At the Great ReSkilling, learn a host of useful farming, gardening and holistic health skills while trading your crafts and knowledge at the barter market, getting some bodywork done, watching live music and graffiti art making, and more. Brought to you by the same folks who collaborated to throw the OWS Holiday Bazaar and Skillshare in December. $10 entry fee.


✴Events: On the Farms✴

Fair Food Farm’s Occupy Farms Strawberry Retreat, June 19th-July 10th
@ Fair Food Farm, East Calais, Vt.
Fair Food Farm will be open for a strawberry season occupation retreat for Occupy Farms in late June and July. The retreat will begin on June 19th, with a farm orientation on the 20th. Transportation will be provided to events on June 20th-24th to join in the Village-building Convergence, a project of Transition Montpelier and Occupy Central Vermont.

Space for about 20 people to camp, work, swim in the lakes, and eat delicious strawberries. Want to get involved? Email us at occupyfarms@nycga.net to learn more!


✴Farms News✴

Westcoast Activists Occupy the Farm!
Last Sunday, Albany, California residents took on issues of food, land use and environmental injustice as they began their occupation of the Gill Tract. After a ten year fight to turn the tract into an urban farm, occupiers took matters into their own hands–literally. Almost 300 people arrived with tents and equipment and got to work, clearing the land and planting vegetable plots. Watch activists work to Take Back the Tract and get inspired to Occupy Farms!


Occupy Ferndale Farm: The Video
Things keep moving down at Florida’s Ferndale Hill Farm. Check out Ferndale’s new video to see what’s been going on.


Label It Yourself Campaign: Citizen Action to Label GMOs
Thanks to a campaign spearheaded by the Food Justice Working Group at Occupy Wall Street, citizens from across the country, concerned by the increasing scientific data indicating serious economic, environmental and public health risks associated with GMOs (genetically modified organisms), have taken matters into their own hands. Their national do-it-yourself stickering campaign encourages individuals to “Label It Yourself” (#LIY)—highlighting foods that may contain dangerous GMOs.


Occupy Farms is Looking for a Van!
Can Occupy Farms borrow your van? We have occupiers looking to go out to land, and farms ready to be occupied—but we need some consistent transportation to help this project launch on a major scale. Can you help us get our transportation up and running? If so, please contact occupyfarms@nycga.net.


Occupy Farms builds relationships between urban occupations and regional food producers. Through work-exchange, skillshares, advocacy and more, we support small farmers and reconnect to our regional foodshed. Together, we can resist the corporatization of our food system.


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