Hello Farm-Based Educators!

This is a special "Leadership" edition of our resource bulletin. As your organizations and farms continue to rise to meet unexpected challenges, we thought we'd share a few resources for those who show up as leaders - whatever that means to you.

We're also eager to share a leadership development opportunity for those working in farm-based education, farm to school, and food systems: the Service to Justice Training coming up in January. View more info and submit your interest form by 11/23!

With gratitude,

Vera, FBEN Coordinator

P.S. Did you miss our conversation on Land Rematriation? View recording and notes.

As the seasons shift for many to a time of quietness and reflection, I have found myself seeking opportunities for self-learning. I'd like to share this leadership toolkit from Equity in the Center. It contains a comprehensive list of resources, from books to videos, that center Indigenous and Black leadership. I’m looking forward to learning from many of these resources, especially "My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies" by Resmaa Menakem.

-Ashley Davenport, Retreat Farm, Brattleboro, VT

Okay, firstly for all you nonprofit sector folks, if you have never read Vu Le's blog, Nonprofit AF, hop on that train! 

Secondly, Vu Le highlights some ways in which many popular hiring practices are not inclusive and ways that we, as organizations/hiring managers, can try to correct them. The weaknesses in our hiring practices, like most instances of institutionalized discrimination, are so engrained and so normalized that it made me second guess any job I've ever hired (and been hired) for. As we say farewell to many seasonal folks and look ahead to hiring in the future, what ways can you change your hiring practices, from your job posting to your interviewing, even to how we look at what it means to have a "qualification." A more recent article on the same subject (though more brief) can be found here.

-Meredith Rivlin, Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center, East Thetford, VT

This is the link to the "People Leader Resilience Playbook," a practical reader on building the resilience of a full team, including clear definitions of psychology and mental health terms we may all use (especially during this pandemic) but may not have defined together and an emotion audit/coping plan. It includes use-today models for employee engagement and plans for how to have tough conversations. It also includes links to many other useful tools from LifeLabs.

12 Days Left to Order Your Copy of Farming While Black 

October was National Farm to School Month. To celebrate, FBEN offered a 50% discount on Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, available through Nov. 30. Learn more...
Upcoming Workshops
Virtual Field Trip to Pony Power Therapies, Mahwah, NJ
December 2 | 3:30-4:45 ET

Pony Power Therapies uses horses and an accessible farm to enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of children and adults who need extra support. Join them for a virtual field trip. More info coming soon!

Service to Justice Virtual Leadership Training
January 11 - 15 | 2-5 pm EST

This anti-racism training led by Service to Justice is a process designed to help further infuse equity, justice, and belonging into your work and the movement. It features a Rooting Out Racism Training designed specifically for people working on and with the land and people connected to farming. 

Healing the Roots of Racism in Ourselves
March 5, 12, 19, 2021 | Virtual Workshop

This series creates space for healing from white supremacy culture and transforming anti-Blackness through land, food and ecological relationships. In this series participants will practice a creative combination of healing practices ranging from somatic awareness to spoken word inspired writing. Join this series to rediscover, relearn, and reimagine in our current crisis-driven reality.
March 5 will be reserved for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community. This will be a healing-focused session to heal the violence, toxicity, and disconnection wrought by white supremacy and colonization on our bodies, people, places, lands, ancestors, and the other beings who are us. We’ll acknowledge and hold grief together, share survival stories, and gather wisdom about reconnection and our collective futures.

March 12 and March 19 will be aimed at supporting white-identified/white-adjacent folks (people who want to do their own personal work around unlearning white supremacy culture and anti-blackness within themselves, their families and communities). We welcome folks who identify as/have been conditioned as/privileged as white, as well as folks with multiple identities, who are proximate to whiteness: eg, one white parent, white adoptive parents, or any other constellation that calls you into this deep, personal work.)

Facilitated by Julia Metzger-Traber and Richael Faithful. Photo: Andrew Buchanan.

Registration coming soon!