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Sowing the Seeds of Change: Food Sovereignty in the Berkshires

October 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Sowing the Seeds of Change
Food Sovereignty in the Berkshires

All peoples have the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food, to define their own food, and to choose where their food comes from. Food sovereignty puts the focus on localized food systems where providers have control over their resources and on social justice.

This program will explore the history of food sovereignty and the distinction between food security and food sovereignty. It will discuss the impacts of food sovereign practices on communities through resource access, production methods, agricultural policies, commercial markets, and the impacts on individual mental and physical health. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how local food producers and support organizations are advocating for people to determine where their food comes from, how it is produced, and how they can take action to support these efforts.

Keynote Speaker

Leah Penniman
Co-Director and Farm Manager

Petersburg, NY


Sarah Gardner
Williamstown Agricultural Commission
Williamstown, MA

Morgan Ovitsky
Project Coordinator

Pittsfield, MA

Mumbet’s Freedom Farm
DeeArah Wright • Sunder Ashni • Steph Wiley
Sheffield, MA


  • Keynote
  • Video Presentation: “Farms for the Future”
  • Presentation: Sara Gardner
  • Presentation: Morgan Ovitsky
  • Presentation: Mumbet’s Freedom Farm
  • Panel Q & A

This program does not qualify for NBCC credit


October 1
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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