Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

Tentatively scheduled for March 22, 2025

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Black AF Farming: Sociocultural Perceptions of Black Farmers Navigating the Idealistic and Reality

Room: Usdan 114
Intro Level, Intermediate Level, Advanced Level

This workshop explores the multifaceted aspects of Black farming, which includes celebrating Black farmers unique identity in the agricultural industry; understanding some ways knowledge has been shared across generations; and discussing the impact of perceived narratives, challenges, and access to resources for Black farmers in CT. In this session, moderators will set the stage for a robust conversation with panelists and attendees about the image and reality of Black farming in CT. The discussion will focus on the ways the current agricultural landscape lacks a vision of Black farming, which leads to challenges in access to resources and markets. Black growers have shaped the land and history of the US but are also continuing to lead the industry today in healing, challenging norms, developing new markets, and incorporating community into farming. Let’s talk about it. How can reconciling the images of New England farming change the agricultural and conservation industry?


Jonathon Savage, Executive Director, Gather New Haven

Ashley Stewart, Stewart Environmental and Equity Consulting

Yaw Darko, Senior Project Specialist, Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC)

Lauren Little, Owner, Lauren Little Edutainment

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“CLCC’s annual conference is like Woodstock for Connecticut’s land conservation community. It’s an opportunity to foster connections, get inspired, and celebrate our collective accomplishments”

- Pete Govert, Executive Director, East Haddam Land Trust

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