Five Year Lease: New Farmers and Agrarian Commitment


When Wendell Berry said, "Eating is an agricultural act," he urged us to consider the implications of the food we choose. In his mind and in that sense, we are all farmers. Colby-Sawyer students urged the college to serve more local and Fair Trade products in the dining hall. In surrounding communities, and across the country, we see more and more fruits and vegetables grown in home gardens and public spaces. Change is coming...

Tess Brown-Lavoie will share her experience as a young urban farmer and her beliefs about the civic duty that we have as a society to our agrarian heritage. Come hear her story and learn ways in which you can renew your own commitment to the land at every meal.

Tess Brown-Lavoie is a writer and first-generation farmer working in Providence, Rhode Island. Tess co-owns Sidewalk Ends Farm, an urban farm in Providence, with a satellite location in Seekonk, MA. She is also a beginning farmer organizer, coordinating the Young Farmer Network based in Southeastern New England, and serving on the New England Farmers Board of Directors, the National Young Farmers Coalition Advisory Committee, and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council.


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