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      Farming for Justice Discussion Group: Queering Sustainable Agriculture in Ithaca

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      November 13, 2019

      Wednesday   9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

      1013 West State Street
      Ithaca, New York 14850

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      Farming for Justice Discussion Group: Queering Sustainable Agriculture

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      There is no cost to join! You’re encouraged to attend in person or join us by Zoom. (Zoom info will be shared once you register.) The discussion will be recorded.

      Though rarely discussed, sexuality is an important part of how farms operate. According to the USDA, 98% of farms in the US are “family farms,” where a farmer’s business partner is also an intimate partner. As such, sexuality – who and how we build romantic and sexual relationships with others – affects how and why people farm, where people farm, and how farmers access land. Despite its concern with social justice, the sustainable agriculture movement has yet to fully consider LGBTQ+ issues as a critical point of equity; heteronormativity has remained baked into typical notions of who is a farmer in the US. Queer people are sometimes marginalized within rural and farming communities, impacting their livelihoods as food producers and as rural queer people. At the same time, because queer farmers often do not follow typical paths in family and farming, their experiences offer alternative ideas for organizing home and farm life. In this presentation, Michaela Hoffelmeyer, Ike Leslie, and Jaclyn Wypler will discuss the lived experiences of queer farmers, drawing on over 100 interviews of queer farmers in the Northeast and Midwest United States. We will discuss barriers and opportunities expressed by queer farmers as well as for the future of the sustainable agriculture movement.

      Cost: Free -

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