Events calendar

Sunday. 25 October, 2020 - Saturday. 31 October, 2020
Sunday. 25 October, 2020
12:00 am ET

Building Land Resilience Workshop

This workshop will explore strategies for building regenerative farming systems and working landscapes. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of regenerative principles, observational exercises and tools to implement regeneration at any scale. Ecological Design will share insights, lessons, and stories from their 20 years of transitioning urban and rural lands. This two part "Building Land Resilience" workshop for farm managers and land stewards is facilitated by Ecological Design, hosted by Main Street Project, and funded in part through a USDA - Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program grant. There is no cost to participate, use links below to register.

Part 1: Deepening Your Land Relationship

Oct. 25th 5:00-8:00pm Central Time 

  •   Oak savanna ecology

  •   Land assessment

  •   Regenerative disturbance and transition strategies

Part 2: Activation Strategies

Oct. 26th 5:00-8:00pm Central Time

  •   Soil building and water strategies

  •   Getting started

  •   Agroforestry systems

  •   Live Q&A with Paula and Lindsay



Paula Westmoreland and Lindsay Rebhan are designers, educators, and owners of Ecological Design, a regenerative agriculture and landscape design company working throughout the Midwest. Over the past 20 years they have helped transition hundreds of sites including rural and urban farms, homesteads, public spaces, campuses, and backyards.  


Paula Westmoreland, Ecological Design, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paula Westmoreland is a permaculture designer, agroecologist, teacher and author who started Ecological Design in 2000.  She is passionate about bringing the land back to life, laying the foundation for abundance, and finding pathways for people to reconnect to the land. Paula serves as Board vice-president of the Permaculture Institute of North America.

Lindsay Rebhan, Ecological Design, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lindsay Rebhan is co-owner of Ecological Design, an agrarian specialist in land planning, agroecology, farm design and land management. Lindsay works with farmers, land owners, food nonprofits, and organizations to increase the natural wealth of land over time. Lindsay co-teaches an annual Regenerative Farm Design Course at Mastodon Valley Farm and an undergraduate course on Environmental Sustainability with HECUA at Lily Springs Farm.  She serves on the Advisory Council of the Savanna Institute. 



Since 2016, Ecological Design has been a foundational partner in Main Street Project's effort to restore 100 acres of corn on corn farmland located in Northfield, MN into a healthy ecosystem by covering the soil, planting perennials, cleaning up waterways, and adding wetlands. The Main Street Project exists to innovate a path toward a more just, resilient, and healthy food system; welcome, support, and value the expertise of immigrant, low income, new and transitioning farmers in a shared economy; and demonstrate perennial agriculture's capacity to heal the land and care for community.

Monday. 26 October, 2020
4:00 pm ET

Book Talk - The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability

Dr. Minkoff-Zern will discuss her new book The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability (2019, MIT Press).
In The New American Farmer, Minkoff-Zern explores the experiences of Latino/a immigrant farmers as they transition from farmworkers to farm owners, offering a new perspective on racial inequity and sustainable farming. She finds that many of these new farmers rely on farming practices from their home countries—including growing multiple crops simultaneously, using integrated pest management, maintaining small-scale production, and employing family labor—most of which are considered alternative farming techniques in the United States.
Drawing on extensive interviews with farmers and organizers, Minkoff-Zern describes the social, economic, and political barriers immigrant farmers must overcome, from navigating USDA bureaucracy to racialized exclusion from opportunities. She discusses, among other topics, the history of discrimination against farm laborers in the United States; the invisibility of Latino/a farmers to government and universities; new farmers' sense of agrarian and racial identity; and the future of the agrarian class system.
Minkoff-Zern argues that immigrant farmers, with their knowledge and experience of alternative farming practices, are—despite a range of challenges—actively and substantially contributing to the movement for an ecological and sustainable food system. Scholars and food activists should take notice.
The event will open with a brief introduction by Food Studies and Environmental Studies faculty member Dr. Kristin Reynolds, followed by the presentation and discussion.
The event is sponsored by the Food Studies program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School.
Free and open to the public - registration required to receive Zoom link.
Tuesday. 27 October, 2020
12:00 am ET

International Workshop on Agritourism

The 2020 International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA) will be held October 27-29 at the Hilton Burlington Hotel in downtown Burlington, Vermont, USA. The University of Vermont Extension local host committee is working on developing an exciting program for participants that will include educational sessions on pertinent industry topics, poster presentations, hands-on workshops and farm tours, networking events, and time with our exhibitors and sponsors. We invite you to extend your trip on either end of the Workshop to explore the bountiful farms, culinary experiences, arts, and other attractions in Vermont and surrounding states and provinces. Mark your calendar and make plans now to attend! 


Farmers, researchers, agricultural service providers, tourism experts, and others interested in agritourism are invited to share their knowledge and experience.


We need your support! This workshop will bring together agriculture and tourism industry professionals from around the United States and beyond. Show your support for agriculture and its many cultural, economic, and environmental benefits by partnering with us as a sponsor of the 2020 event. Learn more about how you can get involved
To register and learn more about the event, click here! 
3:00 pm ET

Farm-scale fire preparedness

We are in the throes of a devastating year for fire in California, as well as much of the western United States. Yet fire need not be a universally maligned force. For millennia, California’s indigenous peoples used fire as a tool in practices of traditional burning. Fire can be used as a tool to eradicate invasive weeds, help restore native plant communities, and reduce the intensity of wildfires when they occur. Landowners and communities are increasingly recognizing this, and coming together to share tools, resources, knowledge, and labor. And federal agencies are turning to Native communities for consult on the use of fire in land management practices. This webinar will explore both “good” fire, as well as approaches for recovery. We’ll hear perspectives from members of prescribed burn associations on the application of prescribed burning on private land, farmers dealing with fire-borne toxins and utilizing mycoremediation to aid in recovery, and Native Californians on fire ecology and their long-standing relationship with using fire to tend to the land.


Register here:


Thursday. 29 October, 2020
6:00 pm ET

Sowing Sovereignty: Seeds of Hope - Part 1

Sowing Sovereignty: Seeds of Hope

A 2-part discussion series

How do we cultivate a sound food system while not supporting a capitalist governance? How can we establish a garden on a small budget? How do we break down the barriers of oppression and colonization?

Join the Traditional Center for Indigenous Knowledge & Healing, in collaboration with Tompkins County Solidarity Gardens, to discuss these questions with an array of perspectives from our panel of local and regional food system advocates. Throughout the series, we will provide materials to guide you through your explorations of food sovereignty, from how to plant seeds to saving them, to nutrition. Please register through the link below to receive your zoom link and accompanying materials.

Part 1: "Breaking Through Systemic Barriers of Oppression"
Thursday, October 29, 6:00-7:30pm
Holly Stein, Manager, Farmer Training at Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
Taili Mugambee, Director, Ultimate Re-entry Opportunity

Learn more about the panelists and register to attend and receive materials at


Friday. 30 October, 2020
12:00 pm ET

The Farm and Energy Initiative: A New Law and Policy Resource


The Farm and Energy Initiative: A New Law and Policy Resource 

Friday, October 30, 2020 

Noon to 1 p.m. ET  


The Farm and Energy Initiative (FEI) aims to promote sustainable energy use in agriculture. A joint project of CAFS and Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment, this new open-access website includes online policy toolkits, FAQs, a podcast mini-series, and other innovative resources covering farmland solar policy, healthy soils, and biogas and organic waste management. Whether you’re a farmer, researcher, or policymaker, the FEI includes tools you can use to shape a more sustainable agricultural sector. Join FEI director Genevieve Byrne and Vermont Law School students in this free webinar to learn all about it. 


Register here