Petaluma Grange Plays Host to a Farmers’ Bill of Rights Meeting with California State Grange Pres. Bob McFarland, June 23 at Lydia’s

Bay Area folks are invited to join us in Petaluma on June 23 for a discussion of a Farmers’ Bill of Rights. The growing California State Granges have, since 2012, been conducting meetings at Granges across the state to determine how best to support farmers, food producers and the rest of us in creating the resilient, democratic and fair food and ag system we all seek. We believe this requires the further elaboration of a new Social Contract for Farmers, which Roots of Change’s Michael Dimock has so ably articulated, and the creation of a Farmers’ Bill of Rights.
The challenges we face due to drought, economic contraction, climate change, fossil fuel depletion, and the granting of human rights to corporate tyrannies are daunting, but they also provide a unique opportunity for the democratization of our civil, political and food systems. Please help us further the conversation and share this invitation with folks who might be interested in your area, or who might be interested having this discussion wherever they are.
Monday June 23, 7pm at Lydia’s Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Blvd. Ste. 100, Petaluma

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Press Release

June 18, 2014

Contact Bob McFarland at 916-454-5805 or [email protected]

Petaluma Grange to Host Farmers’ Bill of Rights Meeting

Petaluma, CA – Farmers, food producers, advocates, activists, consumers and everyone who eats is encouraged to attend a Farmers’ Bill of Rights meeting featuring California State Grange President Bob McFarland, at Lydia’s Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Blvd, Ste. 100 in Petaluma, on Monday, June 23 at 7pm.

Since 2012, the California Grange has held a series of meetings across the state to discuss a declaration of a Farmers’ Bill of Rights that would recognize the essential role which farmers will play in creating a resilient & sustainable local food and agricultural system. According to McFarland, “It is important that consumers, retailers, and regulators understand and respect the needs and expectations of the people who grow our food. The Farmers’ Bill of Rights will promote awareness and appreciation for the tillers of the soil.”

This ongoing public discussion has yielded a growing list of common concerns among farmers, including:

  • A farmer’s right to provide access to fresh fruit, vegetables and food products which encourage healthier food choices at home and in schools

  • A farmer’s right to grow crops without the danger of off-farm pollution, be it chemical or genetic, borne by water, soil, or air

  • A farmer’s right to germinate, save and use their own seed

  • A farmer’s right to protect agricultural land for the benefit of future generations

  • A farmer’s right to use and store any water that comes from or falls on their land

  • A farmer’s right to produce food free of unwarranted government interference

Join us as we cultivate a sustainable community with universal access to healthy food, promote reinvestment in our local economies, embrace our diverse cultural heritage, honor the wisdom of our elders, and support each other in our efforts to be responsible stewards of the land for the benefit of future generations. 

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