Cows, Land, and Labor SCHedule:

Friday April 26 – Saturday April 27, 2019

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. 

26

April

Economies + Labor + SOIL

 

Day 1: Friday April 26th

27

April

DAIRY + ETHICS

 

Day 2: Saturday April 27th

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.

 

PRE-CONFERENCE

Short videos will be filmed with various participants about their topic and uploaded to the conference website prior to the conference. We will also supply open access to publications related to the conference.

 

 

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.

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.

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 – and notes will be taken for inclusion on the website.

Facilitating audience participation

In addition to “new growth” sessions, Dartmouth students will be assigned to manage twitter and instagram comments and questions throughout the conference.  During panel discussions, after 45 minutes, the moderator will turn to the student managing social media and pull in questions from the audience, in addition to receiving questions and comments from the auditorium.  

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!