Convening Networks, Organizing Events and Cross-Pollinating Ideas for Agreocology
The Institute will act as a convener of people and networks within and outside of academia, fostering connections among diverse voices and knowledge systems across local, national, and international networks for collaboration, learning and action. Our events and networking activities will foster connections between a diversity of voices, perspectives and knowledge systems across local, national and international networks for collaboration, learning and action. Innovations in agroecology and processes of societal transformation are driven through networks of innovators, activists, policymakers and other key actors. To this end, the Institute will focus intentionally on growing this network and cross-pollinating ideas, people and innovations to foster creativity, adaptation and change across places.
We will nurture engagement across multiple axes of difference including those related to gender, ethnicity and race, and the academic/nonacademic divide. An approach centered in equity, anti-oppression, and intercultural dialogue will be cultivated to address power-imbalances in our engagement. We will lean into the generative potential that is found at the edges between different worlds, ecosystems, and peoples to find new ways of thinking and acting for a more humane and sustainable future. This strategy will allow us to deepen our process of local action in Vermont, by connecting to national and international communities through our extensive networks of partners and collaborators.
The goal of this meeting is to elevate agroecology in the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) portfolio and increase the quality and quantity of public funding available for agroecology research.
This series of events brings researchers and activists working on food sovereignty, agroecology and food justice to share stories and analysis of critical issues in just transitions in food systems.