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Today's Webinar: Sharing Healing Works from the Farm
Ohio Ag Connection - 05/27/2020

Many of people are holding grief and sorrow during these times. But some people have found imaginative ways to express what they're feeling through creative works. This may deepen their understanding of healing's critical role in our struggle for racial equity in our food systems.

A free North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) Good Food Talk webinar -- "A Sharing of Healing Works" -- will provide a space for anyone to share creative, healing works of poetry, music, artwork, or dance that have served as their anchor, guiding star, or nurturing inspiration. We are leaning in and being in community with each other during these challenging times. Invite your friends and colleagues, too.

The event is May 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.

The webinar facilitator is Gail Myers, Farms to Grow, Inc., and chair of the NAFSN Leadership Circle. Presenters include Karen Spiller and Curtis Ogden of Food Solutions New England (FSNE, sponsor of the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge). Co-host of the webinar is the Wallace Center

Questions? Like to volunteer to facilitate a break-out discussion? Email outreach@foodsystemsnetwork.org

NAFSN was founded in 2015 to offer leadership and technical skills training, networking, and other professional development opportunities for the growing group of individuals supporting the development of equitable and sustainable local and regional food systems.

Members range from farm educators and community nutritionists to planners, activists, and scholars. The mission of this community of practice is to coalesce the current disparate group of practitioners, and build individual and collective capacity to solve pressing food and agriculture issues on the continent. Presently there are many innovative solutions and pioneering organizations working to address and understand the complex issues of food systems?for example, working to eliminate causes of food deserts, obesity, hunger, and other food-related human health issues as well as working to increase sustainable farming practices, ecological and economic health of farms and rural areas, and creating viable markets.

There is a need for a holistic collaboration and coordination between and among these efforts. Leaders are needed to guide and propel all these efforts, and NAFSN aims to provide the tools to build the necessary human capital and create a place for sharing and collective learning. NAFSN expects to see growth of competencies, increased best practices, and more effective targeting of resources as results of its efforts.

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