Wow, what a start to the series! Watch the webinar recording here.
Thank you again Zully, Madeline, Grace, Anore, Lynn Ellen, and Brittany for joining us and sharing your insights and wisdom with one another and our audience.
These inspiring womxn and femmes represented different facets of our food system from the restaurant industry to farmworkers, to state agencies, advocacy groups, and non-profit organizations. When discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has, and will continue to impact Vermont’s food system, the common thread was that – to ensure a more resilient food system in Vermont we must deepen our community relationships.
Grace Oedel, NOFA Vermont’s Executive Director, closed out the hour by having us think about a collective future.
“How can we set folks up to be a team – by sharing responsibility, risk, capital resources, and successes, we have more people invested in projects… the more people invested in an outcome, the higher the chance of success. We must value everyone as critical pieces of the system working together.”
Lynn Ellen Schmoler, who manages the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Program, reminded us that “investing in our community benefits everybody” – when we work on the relationships within our communities and shift our values to prioritize taking care of each other we will transform our society.
Here’s where you can find our panelists:
Grace Oedel, NOFA-Vermont | nofavt.org
Anore Horton, Hunger Free Vermont | hungerfreevt.org
Migrant Justice VT | migrantjustice.net
Lynn Ellen Schimoler, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets | workinglands.vermont.gov
Brittany Sperber, ShiftMeals & Skinny Pancake | shiftmeals.org
We hope you will join us for next week’s panel: The Future of Farming is Femme.
This panel was brought to you by our friends at Alchemist Brewery