Spotlights Agroecology Commons
Cultivating the Commons: Seeding Agroecology
We see our role in supporting change as rooted in building cooperative relationships and networks for the horizontal exchange of technical agroecological farming and marketing skills, and for political education that encourages strategy building and the critical analysis of injustices within the food system. We are committed to the formation of popular education models and of cooperative practices and networks for regenerative land stewardship and rematriated land commons for equitable, agroecological, and healing food systems.
- Communications training and plan development
- Farmer apprenticeship and storytelling
- Farmer to farmer mobilization
I was amazed to learn about the farmer cooperatives which work across the whole country. The spirit of cooperation instead of market-oriented production was refreshing. Visiting the farms, learning about the regenerative agroecological practice.
In 2022, Agroecology Commons launched their first 200-hour paid apprenticeship program with three California farms in the network. Each of the farm hosts now have handbooks to streamline community agreements and to build on collective knowledge sharing. They have attended communications workshop on topics such as Collaborate to Liberate course, ethical storytelling, and more. As a result of their trainings and communication plan development, collective members have been invited to present, teach and provide thought leadership. Their ability to offer living wages to their apprentices and farm hosts is rare. Agroecology Commons has been advocating that this practice be adopted across apprenticeship programs. These outcomes and more continue to cultivate resources for a building transnational movement and solidarity across movements, including attracting additional investments to buy land.