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BRATTLEBORO — In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Strolling of the Heifers' Slow Living Summit includes two free online panel discussions this week about food justice and climate change issues.

- Food Justice and Climate Change, with Tatiana Abatemarco, Conor Floyd and Migrant Justice will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, June 8. Register in advance at https://bit.ly/30hFyRX

Food justice asks the questions: Where does injustice live in our food system and what would a just food system look like? Climate justice asks the questions: Who is responsible for climate change and who will bear the brunt of the effects of climate change?

Food and climate justice bring attention to ways in which we can work to create more equity and fairness for those left on the fringes of the local food movement. Panelists will share three approaches to food justice and how they create more resilience in the face of climate instability. Abatemarco will speak about the community-engaged food studies program at Bennington College, which has a goal of addressing food insecurity in Bennington County. Migrant Justice will share about Milk with Dignity and farmworker organizing to advance human rights in the Vermont dairy industry. Floyd, of Food Connects, will share their work with Food Connects to create a Farm to School program to increase fresh food access and food education to children in Windham County.

- Karen Washington, Rise and Root Farm: Virtual Farm Tour at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11. Register at https://bit.ly/30iFQbq

Rise and Root Farm is rooted in New York City and committed to engaging rural and urban communities through food and farming. Current and previous farming related affiliations include: Just Food, Farm School NYC, Ecostation:NY, Bushwick Campus Farm, Black Urban Growers, Crock and Jar, La Familia Verde Community Garden coalition, GrowNYC. The group has worked with community gardens and urban farms in New York City and beyond.


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