The Food & Farm System We Need and Deserve: A Webinar Series

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the huge cracks in our highly consolidated industrial food system, proving it’s far less resilient than the diversified, regional operations it replaced. Now more than ever, it’s time to transition to a food and farm system that works for everyone – for farmers, workers, eaters, and the environment.

We’re honored and excited to be hosting a four-part webinar series to dig in on this important topic. We hope you’ll join us online to learn from our allies across the Midwest region who are fighting alongside us for a better, more equitable food and farm system.


Upcoming Episodes

June 4 @ 6 PM - Episode 4: "Creating a Better Food & Farm System for Farmers"

Featured Speakers

Tim Gibbons - Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC)

Every day MRCC fights to preserve family farms and independent family farm livestock production, promote stewardship of the land and a safe, affordable high-quality food supply, support social justice and economic opportunity, and engage rural Missourians in public policies that impact their farms, food, families and communities.

Past Episodes

Episode 1: "Creating a Better Food & Farm System for Workers"

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Featured Speakers

Axel Fuentes - Board Member, Food Chain Workers, Alliance; Executive Director, Rural Community Workers Alliance (RCWA)

Axel and RCWA are at the center of an ongoing lawsuit on behalf of workers against a Smithfield packing plant for poor working conditions during the COVID-19 crisis. They are members of the Food Chain Workers Alliance – a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members are organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all works along the food chain.

Navina Khanna - Director, HEAL Food Alliance

HEAL’s mission is to build our collective power to create food and farm systems that are healthy for our families, accessible and affordable for all communities, and fair to the hard-working people who grow, distribute, prepare, and serve our food — while protecting the air, water, and land we all depend on.


Episode 2: "Creating a Better Food & Farm System for the Environment"

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Featured Speakers

Shona Snater - Bridge to Soil Health Organizer, Land Stewardship Project (LSP)

The Bridge to Soil Health Project works with crop and livestock farmers and other professionals that view soil as a long-term investment. LSP acts as a bridge between emerging soil health information and local farming practices, thereby uniting a community of farmers as the Soil Builders’ Network.


Episode 3: "Creating a Better Food & Farm System for Eaters"

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Featured Speakers

Claire Kelloway - Reporter and Researcher, Open Markets Institute

Claire is the primary writer for Food & Power, a first-of-its-kind website, providing original reporting and resources on monopoly power and economic concentration in the food system. Her writing on food and agriculture has appeared in ProPublica, Civil Eats, Pacific Standard Magazine, and more.


May 14, 2020 6:00 PM through June 4, 2020 8:00 PM