Reseeding Imaginations of a Relational Agricultural System
Thursday, February 16 at 6 p.m.
Please note: Due to an urgent health situation, Rowen White will be delivering her keynote address virtually. It will still be held at 6 p.m. at the conference and livestreamed on OEFFA’s Facebook page.
How do we cultivate a diverse culture of belonging inside our regenerative agricultural movement? Join Mohawk seedkeeper Rowen White as she shares stories from the Indigenous Land and Seed Sovereignty movement, which embodies the vision of sustainable relational agriculture. She will share the collective vision of intercultural healing that emerges when we center Indigenous leadership, ecological knowledge, cultural memory, and sovereignty of living in relationship with the cultural inheritance of land, seeds, and other non-human kin. Her uplifting stories from her work at the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance will paint an uplifting picture of cultural and climate sanity for the regenerative land stewardship movement in these times of great transformation.
Rowen White is a seed-keeper and farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the educational director and lead mentor of Sierra Seeds, an innovative Indigenous seed bank and land-based educational organization located in Nevada City, California. Rowen is the founder of the Indigenous Seedkeepers Network, which is committed to restoring the Indigenous Seed Commons. She facilitates creative hands-on workshops and strategic conversations in community around seed and food security within tribal and small farming communities around the country.