Northeast Healthy Soil Symposium 2021

March 5, 2021

Climate Resilience and Soil health in the Northeast: Emerging Pathways to Reform the Regional Agri-Food System in the COVID 19 Era

On Friday, March 5th from 1:00-3:00 pm, the Northeast Healthy Soil Network, in partnership with the Global Development And Environment Institute (GDAE) and the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), is pleased to host a virtual panel of regional experts focused the state of the Northeast agri-food system one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Moderated by Dr. Tim Griffin, Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Speakers include Dr. Dorn Cox, Research Director at Wolfe’s Neck Center, Maddie Kempner, Policy Director at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, Julie Davenson, Executive Director at Stonewall Farm, and Jesse McDougall, Regenerative Farmer at Studio Hill Farm. The panel will begin with presentations, followed by a Q&A, and conclude with the option to participate in our ‘building soils, building communities’ discussion using breakout rooms.

At a time when robust regional food systems are threatened by many different management, processing, and distribution challenges, this panel will bring together a diversity of farmers, activists, academics, and policymakers who are responding to the agri-food system disruptions brought on by the pandemic. Many rightly find these shocks to the system worrying, but new opportunities have also emerged to support resilient farmers and eaters who care about soil health. 

With a focus on climate change and the mitigating role of healthy soils, participants will learn about ongoing changes to our food production and consumption on a regional scale and discuss policy ideas that could support the development of healthier ecosystems and more resilient agriculture in 2021 and beyond. Together, we will explore questions about the future of farm viability, sustainable agricultural management, and the transition toward a carbon-neutral agri-food system. 


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