Our January Retreat
The New Economy team held a meeting to build relationships among its members and establish priorities for the months ahead. Some highlights from the two-day event in East Tennessee at the Clearfork Community Institute were the tour of the Woodland Community Land Trust and connecting with elders who helped establish it more than 40 years ago. Our friends Becca and Joe at Pollinator Produce Partners nourished us with locally sourced and homegrown food which was an extra treat.
Our goals for the meeting included developing a shared understanding of how land ownership functions globally and regionally and to identify existing campaigns for land ownership reform. Many of the team members are also working directly with the Appalachian Land Study, so we took the opportunity to learn about tools that are coming out of that research and discussed how we can use them to inform our work and how our local work can partner with and inform the regional study.
Moving forward, the New Economy team will be exploring existing political education materials around land and economics to develop frontline training, and we hope to set up some community exchanges to learn about community benefits agreements for local organizing. Join us!