Young Farmers 7th annual National Leadership Convergence will be held virtually as the second half of a two-year event with the theme of “Achieving Equity Through Agriculture.“ In 2021 we will gather in a hybrid virtual and in-person format to move from learning to action to make equitable change in our own food and farming communities.
Last Convergence four hundred farmers, ranchers, and supporters from across the country gathered virtually for a week in November to build a shared understanding of the racist histories of American agriculture, and how we came to have the food and farming systems we do today.
This year we build on that understanding and take action. Through farmer to farmer learning, and peer support, our chapters and at-large network will gather to dream up the farming futures they want to see, and learn how to distill those visions into actionable campaigns for change, troubleshoot their own challenges, and gain organizing skills for building strong support for equitable change. This year, Convergence is open to all farmers in our network and beyond who are working on projects to advance racial equity in their communities.
The National Young Farmer Coalition’s Convergence 2021 will be a week-long, majority BIPOC space where you can bring a racial equity-related goal or project for workshopping. Each day will guide you and your group through a series of inspirational and collaborative spaces that will introduce you to questions and frameworks to help you plan and take action.
By the end of the week you will have a clear vision, strategy, and action plan for your project. You will also have a community of young farmers nationwide who are doing similar work to support you through this process. Visit our Convergence page to learn more. Make sure to check out the FAQ about this year’s event if you still have questions.