POINT REYES STATION, California – (COMMERCIAL THREAD)–The Marine agricultural land trust (MALT), a pioneering farmland trust in Marin County, Calif., Launches “Our Common Ground,” an ongoing conversation series between MALT CEO Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., and guest panelists for explore a range of issues related to the future. agriculture and food. The inaugural episode will take place on Wednesday, September 29, with the theme of carbon-negative milk production.
“The intention of these stimulating conversations is to bring forth creative and collective solutions to some of our most pressing global challenges,” said Kreiner. “We see the ‘Our Common Ground’ series as a modern extension of MALT’s pioneering work to unite farmers, ranchers and environmentalists in the common goal of preserving Marin County’s farmland for farming purposes forever. ”
Each conversation in the series will feature guests who will bring a wide range of perspectives, expertise, experiences and life experiences. The conversations will cover topics such as regenerative agriculture, diversity and social justice in food systems, and how agricultural practices need to adapt to our rapidly changing climate. The “Our Common Ground” series is expected to attract farmers from the Marin and beyond; activists; researchers and students; and members of the local community.
Taking place approximately monthly, the “Our common groundThe conversations until 2021 are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday September 29: Carbon negative dairy. Panelists will include Ladi Asgill, the director of science and regenerative agriculture recently hired by MALT; Randi Black, UC Cooperative Extension dairy advisor for Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties; Joseph Button, director of sustainability at Straus Family Creamery; Jason Prapas, CEO of FYTO, a technology company that strives to improve the way food is produced; and Marjorie Went, lecturer and director of undergraduate research and internships in the chemical engineering department at UC Berkeley.
Wednesday October 27: ethnobotany. Panelists will include Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed, a non-profit organization developing regional fiber systems; Keith Warner, OFM, director of education and action research at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Santa Clara; and Sky Road Webb, a hoipu (chief) of the Coast Miwok Tribal Council of Marin.
Wednesday November 10: Food justice. Panelists will include Chandra Alexandre, CEO of Community Action Marin; Lindsey Allen, creative producer and series host for “Point of Origin,” an episodic docuseries retracing the stories behind commonly consumed products; and Mark Goodman, president of Colorado Nut Company.
Wednesday December 1: Innovations in access to land. Panelists will include Kendra Johnson, Agrarian Commons Advancement Officer in California for Agrarian Trust, with more to be announced soon.
Most of the 2021 ‘Our Common Ground’ conversations will begin at 4:00 p.m. PT via Zoom (the November 10 food justice conversation will begin at 3:00 p.m. PT), with reruns available later. on the MALT website. Anyone can register to watch the conversations live and for free. Registration is now open.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust is a non-profit organization established in 1980 to permanently preserve Marin County farmland and make Marin County a thriving farming community in a healthy and diverse natural environment. Some of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed dairy and meat products and organically grown crops are produced on MALT protected farmland, which totals over 54,000 acres. To learn more about MALT, visit malt.org.