2021 National Leadership Convergence

See you soon for Convergence 2021!

Not registered for the whole week but want to participate?
Get tickets to see our incredible keynote speakers, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III and Nikiko Masumoto!

From Soil To Sanctuary: An “Old” New Vision For Food, Farming, & Faith with Rev.Dr. Heber Brown III

The Black Church Food Security Network (BCFSN) started with a “What If?”  What if Black folks could co-create alternative food systems anchored by Black Churches?  That initial “What If” germinated and began spreading to churches, schools, and farms across the country.  That “What If” tapped into a centuries-old buried relationship between farmers and people of faith.  In this presentation, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III, Founder of BCFSN, will share about his organizing experiences at this sacred intersection and what it could mean for our boldest freedom dreams today.

To hear Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III of the Black Church Food Security Network speak about his community organizing work around food security in Baltimore, and creating a replicable model for Black Churches across the country, join us Nov. 8 at 1pm ET/10am PT.

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Of Letters and Ancestors: Healing Our Way Through with Nikiko Masumoto

We come to work with the land and food with lineages. Lineages of wishes, lineages of survival, lineages of wounds, sometimes lineages of doing harm. In stories of letters, Nikiko will share some of her journey on the bumpy road of healing and offer ideas and practices to share. Questions inspiring Nikiko’s thoughts: How do we bring the blessings and wisdom of our ancestors forward? How do we heal across generations?

 

On Tuesday Nov. 9 at 11:15am ET/ 8:15am PT, join us to hear from Nikiko Masumoto about the power of intergenerational organizing and healing through farming with their family in the central valley of California.

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Read on to hear about the rest of the week…

Young Farmers 7th Annual National Leadership Convergence will be held virtually as the second half of a two-year event with the theme of “Achieving Equity Through Agriculture.“ In 2021 we will gather in a hybrid virtual and in-person format to move from learning to action to make equitable change in our own food and farming communities. 

Last Convergence four hundred farmers, ranchers, and supporters from across the country gathered virtually for a week in November to build a shared understanding of the racist histories of American agriculture, and how we came to have the food and farming systems we do today. 

This year we build on that understanding and take action. Through farmer to farmer learning, and peer support, our chapters and at-large network will gather to dream up the farming futures they want to see, and learn how to distill those visions into actionable campaigns for change, troubleshoot their own challenges, and gain organizing skills for building strong support for equitable change. This year, Convergence is open to all farmers in our network and beyond who are working on projects to advance racial equity in their communities

Sign up for updates by texting “YF CONVERGENCE” to 40649.

Because social change work takes strong communities and it is nearly impossible to do this work alone, for Convergence 2021 we invite you to bring your change-making community with you!

Convergence 2021 will be a week-long, majority BIPOC space where you can bring a racial equity-related goal or project for workshopping. 

Each day will guide you through a series of inspirational and collaborative spaces that will introduce you to questions and frameworks to help you plan and take action.

By the end of the week you will have a clear vision, strategy, and action plan for your project. You will also have a community of farmers nationwide who are doing similar work to support you through this process.

Attendance at 2020 Convergence is not a requirement for registration to the 2021 Convergence. As long as you come with a strong commitment to acting for racial equity, you are very welcome to this space. If you would like to watch some of the recorded sessions from last year’s event, part one of this theme, please email faith@youngfarmers.org.

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