If your the young person under your care has not completed their application, they can find it at http://bit.ly/asanyc19.
Deadline EXTENDED to Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:59PM Central Time
For many years, the (adult) Food & Farm Forum has been the primary annual gathering of ASAN’s statewide network of farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and good food advocates. Approximately 200 diverse participants from across the state convene for a weekend of community-building and fellowship combined with peer-to-peer, hands-on learning in the form of workshops, panel discussions, and breakout conversations.
About 25 youth attended the inaugural Youth Forum, and enjoyed a wide variety of workshops on topics including vegan cooking, adultism, hog butchering, greywater (water recycling) systems, food as medicine, a food/ag career panel, and much more. These sessions were all led, co-led, or facilitated/ moderated by Youth Council members, in conjunction with guest presenters. In planning the program, we intentionally emphasized youth-led sessions, hands-on sessions, and sessions geared towards building hard skills and critical analysis.
One of ASAN’s core beliefs is that a resilient agricultural system must be intergenerational. We feel we must involve the next generation of farmers and agricultural visionaries now, not only as the so-called “leaders of tomorrow,” but in recognition of all the ways in which youth are also the leaders of today, of right now.
Our main objectives in implementing the Youth Food & Farm Forum are:
1. to empower and inspire young attendees from throughout our state to cultivate interest in agriculture and food systems, and2. to intentionally create space within our organizing in which youth are heard, valued, meaningfully involved, and encouraged to take up leadership.
Youth Council members will attend the Youth Forum Dec 6-7, 2019, in Fairhope, AL, and their registration andlodging will be waived as part of their service to the Council. (They may also receive a travel stipend, if fundsallow.) They will participate in the Forum while also serving as go-to point people for the Youth ForumCoordinator, should the need for any last-minute event-related decision-making arise.
Youth Council members receive a small monthly stipend in recognition and appreciation of their time and work.
- Community engagement skills, and interest in engaging your peers/community members around sustainable agriculture, local food systems, food justice, and grassroots organizing
- Ability to work respectfully with a wide range of groups and individuals, including LGBTQ+ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/questioning+) people, people of different races and political backgrounds, and people with disabilities
- Time, willingness, and ability to spend 5-15 hours per month on Youth Council work, including: * Preparing for and participating in monthly (virtual) meetings * Completing independent work between meetings, with support from the Youth Forum Coordinator * Attending the Youth Food & Farm Forum December 6-7, 2019 in Fairhope, AL