Co-hosted with Ceres Trust and 11th Hour Project
In the face of our collective history of colonization, slavery and white supremacy, and the fierce consolidation and control of privately held rural land in our food and agricultural systems, a significant move is afoot to repair and restore severed relationships with the land and each other. What can be learned from marginalized communities and Tribal Nations working to heal from generational trauma through connecting with and stewarding land? What grantmaking and investment practices and commitments matter in resetting our economic and political systems to support land justice and food systems which heal climate and biodiversity crises, while embracing ancestral knowledge and regenerative farming approaches? What opportunities are unfolding in the Midwest, South, Hawaii and beyond for this work, and how do grantmakers/investors come to the table well prepared to be in relationships of repair?
There will also be a one-hour follow-up debrief on May 9 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM PT. This is an opportunity for you to connect further with our incredible speakers. You must register for this webinar to be invited to the call on May 9.
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LORILANI KEOHOKĀLOLE comes from the beautiful islands of Hawai’i. Born and raised on O’ahu, Lorilani currently resides on the island of Kaua’i. A wife and mother of 4, Lorilani’s passion around advocacy was cultivated at a young age. The Hawaiian cultural value of Mālama ‘Āina (care of the Land) is a key value that drives her passion for the protection of the ‘Āina (Land). Lorilani believes that in caring and cultivating a relationship with the land, one ultimately is cultivating and caring for oneself. In 2014, Lorilani joined the MOM HUI and the community of ‘Āina protectors on Kauai. and has been working ever since to address excessive pesticide use by GMO companies on Kaua’i. In repairing the relationship with the Indigenous People through Land Access, ultimately, healing and repair will be for all. It is in the cosmic and cellular make up of our Ancestors, that we do this work they’ve passed on to us as Kūleana (responsibility).
ZOE HOLLOMON is a multi-racial black food justice activist and community food systems organizer, who comes from a long line of change makers. She is a co–founder of the Midwest Farmers of Color Collective, a network of BIPOC farmers and gardeners working for racial equity and food sovereignty in MN and the Midwest. Zoe is a founding partner of Rootsprings Farm & Retreat Cooperative, a center for respite and healing for BIPOC and LGBT communities. Zoe has over 18 years of food justice experience organizing with grassroots organizations on the east coast and midwest to grow organic food for the community, connect with cultural food traditions, analyze the food system, and influence decision-making in food, farming and health related policy. Zoe is also the MN State Organizer for the Pesticide Action Network, where she supports grassroots BIPOC organizations to fight industrial agriculture and build community food systems. Zoe received her B.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from Cornell University in 2001 and an M.S. from Southern New Hampshire University in Community Economic Development in 2007.
KONDA MASON is a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist and Mindfulness teacher. She is the founder and President of Jubilee Justice, Inc, a nonprofit working to bring climate resilient farming and economic equity to BIPOC farmers in the rural South in order to restore and accelerate Black land ownership and stewardship and create thriving Black farming communities. Jubilee Justice also convenes deep transformational learning journeys with multi-racial participants exploring conversations at the intersection of Land, Race, Money & Spirit.
Konda is Co-Founder and founding CEO of Impact Hub Oakland (newly renamed Emerge Oakland), a beautiful co-working space that supports socially engaged entrepreneurs and changemakers. She is the Strategic Director of the Runway Project Oakland, a micro-lending fund for African American entrepreneurs, and the co-founder of the annual COCAP (Community Capital) conference in Oakland, with a focus on closing the racial wealth gap, restorative economics and a next economy just transition. Konda’s work is fueled by a passion to tirelessly work to help create a world that is environmentally regenerative, spiritually fulfilling, socially just and economically equitable. As a Buddhist practitioner and teacher, Konda understands all life on Earth as interconnected and longs for the day when humanity wakes up to this truth and builds a world based on interdependence, compassion and belonging…where all life is valued equally.
MATTHEW “MATTE” WILSON is the Food Sovereignty Initiative Director at Sicangu Co. He is a citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation. The Sicangu Food Sovereignty Initiative works to create an indigenous and localized food system that supports Wicozani (holistic health) and tribal sovereignty through farmer training programs, regenerative food production, and developing markets that support local food producers.