BREAKOUT SESSION B
Adapting agroforestry outreach for access, equity, and impact: Or, when life gives you chokeberries, make aronia juice
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The challenges of the last year have illuminated health disparities, white supremacy in agriculture and natural resources professions (as elsewhere), growing visibility of educational inequities, and an ongoing need for engaging, accessible outreach programs. More than ever, agroforestry and other farmer educators are adapting and opening to alternative visions of more inclusive and effective design. Given professional, personal, and global shifts, Meg Giroux, Hannah Hemmelgarn, and Kaitie Adams will share their own experiences, challenges, and insights about equitable and accessible outreach during these interesting times, and will engage session participants in a round-table discussion to collectively re-imagine how outreach can fuel transformative change. Together, we will discuss community-based participatory approaches to outreach; how our practices can contribute to systemic change; what relevant education for non-landowners and minoritized groups might look and feel like; and how regional agroforestry connections can facilitate a wider view of needs, successes, and opportunities.
Hannah Hemmelgarn, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
Meghan Giroux, Interlace Agroforestry LLC and Interlace Commons
Kaitie Adams, Savanna Institute, Midwest Agroforestry Solutions