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Business as Unusual: Building the New Food Movement with Business Law

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 12:00 PM

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Please join us Wednesday, November 20, for a conversation with Rachel Armstrong on how farmers across the country are forging the foundation of the new food movement.

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy invites you to join us for our third annual policy workshop webinar series, Frontiers in Food and Agriculture. In response to the growing interest in food and agriculture policy, both globally and locally, the series, co-sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, is investigating four broad themes. Part I explored linkages between theory and practice in food justice; Part II is looking at a legal framework for the new food movement; Part III will examine GMOs and intellectual property, and Part IV, the farm bill and the future of farming.

Farm Commons Executive Director Rachel Armstrong continues the series Wednesday, November 20, with a presentation titled “Business as Unusual: Building the New Food Movement with Business Law.”

The innovative business models being forged by farmers all across the country are the foundation of the new food movement. In every sense, these farmers are social entrepreneurs. Yet, farmers are dramatically behind their non-farmer peers in using attorneys. As such, the new food movement is missing the opportunity to institutionalize these business models and to bring farms a legitimacy and resiliency that will truly rebuild the food system. Ms. Armstrong’s presentation examines the seemingly boring, routine legal issues farmers face and how, when looked at through a new lens, each are opportunities to put legal legs underneath this movement. Her discussion of employment, business entities, and contract law issues will be accessible to attorney and advocate alike.

Ms. Armstrong’s presentation will be followed by a Q+A with the audience.

Registration is available online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/454961063.

From working on farms to managing a community garden, starting a catering business, and running a local foods marketing program, local food system development has been the center of Rachel Armstrong's life. After realizing that farmers needed legal guidance, Rachel earned her law degree and founded Farm Commons, a nonprofit organization devoted to resolving farmer’s legal concerns. She is currently the organization’s Executive Director and Attorney. Farm Commons provides detailed education to farmers and food advocates on business legal issues, including land leasing, sales, hiring, food safety, and many other issues. Rachel is a national leader in local food system law; she has contributed to numerous articles and books and has instructed university and attorney classes in agricultural law. In 2012, Rachel was a recipient of an Echoing Green Fellowship, an honor reserved for the most promising social entrepreneurs from around the globe.

About the Series: Co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, the Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, our third annual webinar series highlights emerging issues in food and agriculture policy. The series is designed for academic and policy communities as well as the general public and is available to everyone online. The webinar format enables interested parties to access and participate in these presentations from anywhere in the world. The series is free and open to the public; presentation recordings are available online approximately one week after they air live.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac-based attendees
Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees
iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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