17 Oct '11, 1pm

The LGBT community has a history of organizing & revitalizing urban areas.Can they do the same for small-scale farming?

The LGBT community has a history of organizing & revitalizing urban areas.Can they do the same for small-scale farming?

The visibility of out queer farmers like Rosen, Skeeba, and Baylis, and the work of Mossberg, all help to promote acceptance, safety, and mainstreaming for other LGBT farmers. Beyond acceptance, however, it's possible that their work will lead to changes in farming itself -- making it less restrictive, and more fertile with possibility. While working on The Queer Farmer Film Project , Mossberg spend time shooting footage at Montview Neighborhood Farm in Northampton, Mass. He describes it as "a hand-cultivated, permaculture , queer operation" that sums up the stamp many LGBT folks are already putting on the food system. "Contrasted with that, right next door," he adds, "there's a farm with all these straight rows, run by straight people. Farming can definitely be an expression of people's minds and orientations."

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-10-17-out-queer-in-the-field

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