Learn about a variety of practical ways to address the barrier of Land Access. Sophie Clark of Trout Lily Nursery will share lessons learned and best practices from her experience leasing Land. Ginelle Skerritt of Adinkra Farm will share her expertise on traditional Susu savings associations as a way to get land for Black farmers. Following the panelist’s presentations there will be a Q and A with the audience so bring your questions!
Sophie Clark: Sophie has been with Trout Lily since 2015, first as assistant manager and then taking the leap at age 24 to become owner and operator. Her interest in helping farmers find suitable and fair land access comes from her own experiences of negotiating contracts for the business sale and land rental when Trout Lily’s ownership transitioned, as well as having the all-too-common experience of exploitation on some farms early in her farming days. Sophie has seen situations for land use crumble to leave farming pals in stressful spots, and she’s also seen some great successes. Her hope for this panel is to encourage folks seeking land, and those leasing land, to create detailed and formal documents to clarify terms of any agreement and safeguard all parties against harm. A good faith handshake is great until it isn’t!
Ginelle Skerrit: Ginelle is the Programme Director at Adinkra farm, as well as a senior leader, international public speaker, moderator, facilitator, trainer and coach with a broad range of experiences including administration, social enterprise development, fundraising, youth development, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion training, organizational development, communications and economic inclusion. Her current focus is on promoting community safety, policing reform, Food Sovereignty and African Indigenous Knowledge. Her current focus is on promoting community safety, policing reform, Food Sovereignty and African Indigenous Knowledge.
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