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Letter From The Farm | Welcome to Mother Earth

Welcome to Mother Earth – M贸冒ir J枚r冒 – an organic farm in Vallanes, East Iceland, where people have lived and farmed since the 12th century. Here, Eygl贸 Bj枚rk 脫lafsd贸ttir and Eymundur Magn煤sson grow grain and vegetables, and cultivate local food culture in their on-farm shop and caf茅.

The couple are in many ways ahead of their time. In the seventies they helped bring back barley at 66掳N. In the eighties they got started on planting one million trees on the farm. In the nineties, their farm was one of Iceland鈥檚 first to be certified organic. Now, with the season of the midnight sun almost upon us, Eygl贸 shares her first letter from the farm.聽 […]

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Regional Rural Responses – Reimagined.

As the pandemic collides with inequality and the ecological emergencies, fresh approaches to building resilient local food economies are emerging. Innovative communities are experimenting with ways to shorten, amplify and democratise supply chains. ARC2020, Cultivate and Forum Synergies came together to organise a webinar where pioneering community-led initiatives operating at the regional level, with the aim of encouraging the replication, scaling up and scaling across of these approaches.聽 […]

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UK | Why 鈥淏uy British鈥 Won鈥檛 Feed the Nation – Part 2

In post-Brexit Britain, the new Agriculture Bill is exposing the fault lines between environmental conservation, neoliberal trade deals, and the future of small-scale farming. In part two of this series, Anoushka Zoob Carter explores the phenomenon of technological nationalism in post-CAP politics, and the conflicts it is generating between advocates of rural renewal and of an emancipatory rural politics. […]

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ARC2020 Event | Local Food – Reimagining Regional Responses

Join us on December 9th at 17:00 CET for a participatory web conference on 鈥楲ocal Food – Reimagining Regional Responses鈥.聽 In partnership with Forum Synergies and Cultivate, ARC2020 is co-organising this online event which will present collaborative approaches to building rural resilience, and consider how we can progress agri-food movements from the local level to the regional. […]

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Europe’s Agroecology Movement – Stepping up in Times of Covid19

Four innovative and committed agroecology initiatives showed how they stepped up in times of Covid19 at a webinar organised by Forum Synergies and ARC2020 last week. And dozens, from all over Europe and beyond, got involved in the conversation. Alison Brogan tells us about this event which provided a moment to reflect, some key contemporary learnings, and which sowed the seeds of further action. […]

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Webinar | Growing Food Resilience in Covid19 times – New Tools and Approaches for Agroecology

At this Webinar we will learn about new tools and approaches agroecological communities have developed since Covid-19. In the face of an extra, massive challenge, communities all over Europe have stepped up and developed creative responses for distributing good food. A number of examples will be presented and discussed with the practitioners themselves, while there will be a real focus on co-learning and next steps for deepening our collective food resilience. […]

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Czech Republic | Keeping Farming & Food in the Family

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, our creaking food systems have triggered a crisis within a crisis. Covid-19 has sounded the alarm on the planet鈥檚 unsustainable agricultural systems. Small-scale farms are vital links in the resilient local supply chains we need to build. But in the Czech Republic small farmers face challenges, and a six-week closure of farmers markets has hit hard. Louise Kelleher reports. […]

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Coping with Covid19 – the Open Food Network and the New Digital Order(s)

With Covid19, aka the coronavirus, come restrictions on people’s outdoor movements and gathering. This means that, while supermarkets are considered essential, it seems to be case by case for other food markets:聽instantly,聽 farmers markets are shutting all over Europe with serious consequences for small producers. Digital food platforms have never been more urgent. Open Food Network is perhaps the best example of a good food network that’s digitised, cooperative, open source, not for profit and ready for your community.聽 […]

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Brussels | Cooking Up A Local Food Strategy

With the recent election of a mayor keen to strengthen local democracy and serve聽up healthy, local food for all, Ixelles, in Brussels, is laying the groundwork for an exciting local food strategy. ARC2020’s Hannes Lorenzen is involved. […]

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Community Supported Agriculture goes Beyond Borders

More than 300 participants from 40 countries gathered for the 7th international CSA Symposium. The theme of this Symposium was 鈥淏eyond Borders鈥 and indeed the movement is working to transgress political, social and economic borders, from Lesvos to China, the US to Palestine. By Natalie Markiefka tell us about it. […]