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Dear friends,
 
In our last newsletter, we spoke about land rights as an approach to eradicating poverty. When we are confronted with the suffering of others, such as hunger or homelessness, it is common to seek to resolve it through charity. Give food to the needy, bring blankets to the homeless… entire careers, non-profits and development programs are built around this model.

While admirable, this often rests on the assumption that poverty and hunger are default states. Instead, poverty is the result of an economic system based on the looting of resources. To address the root causes of poverty is to defend against this looting and to lay claim to that which has been stolen, for example by organizing around land rights.
 
The other piece is: how do we use the land and grow food? Agriculture that supports the health and wealth of communities is one that works with the abundance of nature instead of destroying it. Through our various programs, we provide a platform to farmers and permaculturists to speak of how they do this. I am very pleased to share with you the latest in our series of profiles of veganic farmers. As long-time organic food activists and vegans, Eleonora and Evan started a veganic farm in Massachussets to anchor their activism and "do their part". In this profile, they also speak of the difficulties they encountered in the organic community, which deems the use of farm animals to be a normal and necessary part of building a better food system.
 
Seed the Commons was built in response to similar difficulties that I encountered in the food movement as a vegan, and we are proud to have created spaces to work towards social justice while promoting compassion towards animals.
A greenhouse in East Palo Alto that we are working to turn into a veganic educational center and lush food forest.

Please donate to our fundraiser to help build local food resiliency and promote veganic farming. 

Upcoming Events
 
California Summer VegFest 
This is a fresh spin on the festival experience where you can play games, win prizes, and eat amazing food, all in respect of the environment and other species. 
Saturday, July 1 in San Jose

Veganic Gardening Workshop
Seed the Commons offers the only veganic gardening workshops in California. Don't miss the next one on July 16 in San Francisco
 
Happy summer,

Nassim


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