Regenerate 2020 Plenary Video Recordings
and Conversation Guides
2020 is a year that will be etched in our minds forever. While we continue to grow regenerative agriculture practices and resources in an effort to restore and rebuild production land, a worldwide pandemic, civil unrest, and record-breaking food insecurity have joined the conversations around our tables.
Having held last year’s conference virtually for the first time, it was deemed imperative to not only address the needs of the regenerative agriculture community, but also to respond to the continuing racial injustices that have built our country and much of the current agricultural constructs.
This year’s conference boasted a number of workshops as well as a series of six plenary sessions, co-facilitated with the work of The Outside, a systems change consulting firm that holds equity at the core of its work. This was integral to this year’s conference as we worked to weave equity throughout each of our sessions, creating a safer, brave space for both learning and healing.
Below is a list of the plenary sessions from REGENERATE 2020 with their recording, conversation guides, and links to more information on the topics. Our hope for this information is that it is decentralized and shared with others. You can even use the conversation guides to host your own discussion groups! The possibilities are endless. We hope that these guides help continue to move this regenerative agriculture work forward in an equitable, sustainable, and collaborative way that can impact generations and create the world that we wish to see.
“And he gave it for his opinion, that whosoever would make two ears of corn or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before would deserve better of mankind. And do more essential services to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.” – Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Centering equity in our work
Talking about equity and inclusion can be a difficult conversation when one has not experienced systemic inequities or marginalization. Think of a time where you felt that you were treated unfairly. Now think of a time that you felt like you didn’t fit in or belong. That feeling is constant for those that are marginalized.
In speaking about equity, a large component is one’s own social privilege. Social privilege is the ability to navigate through the world with unearned advantages, such as gender identity, sex, race, class, sexual orientation, and religion. These advantages can be used for the benefit or detriment of others both intentionally and unintentionally.
In the overarching theme of the REGENERATE 2020 Conference, Resilience in Times of Uncertainty, we held equity at the center of this important work, knowing that many BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) have made huge and often ignored contributions in this work. With this knowledge of their contributions, we look to make sure that those voices that vary from the majority are still heard. If you are white and reading this, this in no way invalidates your experience, hard work, or contributions, and you can use your skin color privileges to act in solidarity with those who are systemically marginalized.
With these things in mind, we ask that you speak from your own experiences, using “I” statements, as your experiences are uniquely your own. If you are unfamiliar or unaware of a component of a conversation, stating that you do not currently have the answer, or hope to learn more about something is a totally acceptable response. This is a space of learning for us all —together. With minds and ears open, we hope that we all can learn more about how to be inclusive and make space for all interested parties.
Some words to be aware of:
- Marginalized-Those that have been systemically affected by inequities.
- Biases-a disproportionate (and often unconscious) feeling in favor of or against something, usually in a way that can be unfair or pre-judging
- Equity-equal rewards for equal contributions, as well as specific and targeted support that address unique oppressions and marginalizations
- Diversity-the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.
- Inclusion-the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized
- Antiracism– the practice of actively opposing racism. Antiracism attempts to go to the root of racism rather than simply address the symptoms of racism.
All of our work in agriculture connects with marginalized communities, as agriculture sustains life through food, fiber and fuel. When asking questions, or looking to comment, keep the following things top of mind:
- How does my work create spaces for marginalized voices to be heard?
- Am I giving the same opportunities to all people?
- Am I assessing and working beyond my biases?
- We all have implicit and explicit biases. These are ideas that we may have been taught or from an experience that impact how we interact with others. These ideas do not account for the differences that may be in place in the current situation.
If you have further questions around how to help facilitate the conversations around centering equity into the conversation, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Lastly, we’d love to hear how your discussions are going! It helps us understand how these efforts are impacting you and our greater community.
For questions, concerns, or to tell us about your conversation experiences, please reach out to email@example.com.
#1 – Regenerative Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change
As beings of this world, we face unparalleled threats due to human-induced changes to our climate. We are witnessing global warming, wild fluctuations in weather, and more frequent and unpredictable natural disasters, rising sea levels, species extinctions, and more. And because of societal inequities, marginalized people are experiencing the worst byproducts of climate change. Join us in discussion of how we mitigate climate change through improved soil health and regenerative agriculture, adapt successfully to global warming, navigate private/public responses to climate change, and address the inequities of our ever-increasing “climate apartheid.”
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#2 – Community Resilience in Agriculture During Uncertain Times
This panel dives deeply into the overarching theme of the conference, illuminating creative and powerful ways that communities are coming together to survive and thrive in times of uncertainty. Our discussion will address the many unknowns of the pandemic and the ongoing harm of racism.
#3 – Collaborative Land Restoration for Resilience
This conference has illuminated, time and time again, diversities of innovative and collaborative restoration projects.These projects work across many different ecological fields, including watershed health, ecological function, soil health, and more. This panel brings together a group of folks to discuss unique and emergent forms of collaborative land restoration.
#4 – Decolonization and Indigenization:
A Panel with the Gather Film Team
The panelists will come together to discuss the importance of decolonizing and indigenizing our agricultural and food systems, the difference between food security and food sovereignty and so much more.
#5 – Creative Marketing for Expanding Regenerative Agriculture Sales
The current period of extreme change has revealed a need for creative marketing of agricultural products. This panel will introduce and discuss innovative marketing ideas, including developing coalitions of ranchers and farmers to lead new efforts in processing and marketing meat; incentivizing consumers to support regenerative ranching by marketing the ecosystems services they restore and conserve (e.g. wildlife and carbon sequestration); developing online farmers markets; and marketing grass-fed beef.
#6 – Activating Where You Are: Community Engagement in Rural Spaces
This session will explore different ways to be an engaged citizen in a rural community. Panelists will present and discuss their own methods for building community and addressing pressing local and national issues in order to produce positive social environmental change while living in rural places. Young agrarians and land stewards are especially welcome to join us in an exploration of ways to build the future you want to see from the place you choose to live and work.