Cows, Land, and Labor:  Local Farming in a Globalized World

“Cows, Land, and Labor” will bring together multiple actors for a meaningful, multidisciplinary discussion covering the ethics of consumption, market and land management in the face of climate change, and labor activism associated with bovine agriculture in the Northeast United States.” ~Matt Garcia

Details

 

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

APRIL 26-27, 2019

Dartmouth College

Hanover Inn and Moore Hall in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Schedule

The predominance of cows in the New England agricultural economy and their impact on the land and human capital makes it an ideal subject for our conference. 

Day 1: Friday April 26th

Economies + Labor +SOIL

Day 2: Saturday April 27th

Dairy + Ethics

Kick Off

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About

The predominance of cows in the New England agricultural economy and their impact on the land and human capital makes it an ideal subject for our conference.   Vermont, New Hampshire, Upstate New York, and Western Massachusetts have long histories of dairy production, with organic and conventional milk production strongly shaping the economy of our immediate surroundings.

Grazings

10-minute overview of ideas and challenges related to the subject of the panel designed to initiate thought among panelists and inform the uninitiated in the audience so that they may participate in the conversation.

Ruminations

Discussion among the participants about the challenges and solutions related to the subject of the panel.  A moderator will manage the conversation, and direct questions to participants that accentuate her/his expertise, and explores differences of opinion.

New Growth

Each day will wrap up with breakout sessions conforming to the three topics explored.  Audience and participants will engage in discussion about solutions to the problems raised within the preceding panels.  Emphasis will be placed on encouraging feedback and ideas from audience members. Sessions will be moderated by members of Food Solutions New England, our co-sponsor.  Dartmouth students will document the conversations in real time via social media — twitter and/or instagram.

FORGOTTEN FARMS documentary

SHOWING DAY two

Dairy farmers remain the backbone of agriculture in New England, but they fight for survival in an age of artisan cheese and kale.

“Forgotten Farms” examines class divides in our farm and food communities. Most people buy their food in supermarkets and don’t have a chance to meet their farmer, as the bumper sticker recommends. But in more affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants, farmer’s markets and CSAs are booming and the new farmers are celebrated.

But there is another farmer who is left out of the local food celebration.

 

Conference Coordinators & Attendees

Matt Garcia

Matt Garcia

Conference Coordinator

E. Melanie DuPuis

E. Melanie DuPuis

Conference Coordinator

Niko Horster

Niko Horster

Conference Coordinator

The conference originated from conversations among the coordinators about the place of livestock agriculture in the face of climate change, economic instability, and the criminalization of immigrants.  We are compelled by the belief that reducing barriers between scholars and practitioners, workers and farmers, increases understanding the place of cows in our world.

Cows, Land, and Labor will bring together multiple actors for a meaningful, 2-day discussion covering carbon sequestration, the ethics of consumption, and labor activism associated with bovine agriculture in the Northeast United States.  Farmers committed to sequestering carbon dioxide through innovative farming practices have been active in New England in an effort to return vital nutrients to a once-rich landscape that still has potential. In general, cows and bovine-related industry have been a proving ground for new technologies, labor agreements, and products that have shaped attitudes about social and environmental justice. We seek to capitalize on the unique identity of this region and its vibrant farming community to think collectively about the consequences of raising cows and consuming meat and dairy products.

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

 

Conference Details

 

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Dartmouth College

APRIL 26-27, 2019

Hanover Inn and Moore Hall in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Register now for the Cows, Land, and Labor Conference!