Building a Future with Farmers: Lindsey Lusher Shute at TEDxManhattan 2013
Lindsey Lusher Shute talks about the decades long migration away from the family farm in the United States, and how bringing young people back to farming is critical for the future of food, agriculture and rural places. Lindsey Lusher Shute is the Executive Director and co-founder of the National Young Farmers' Coalition, (NYFC) a membership-based organization dedicated to the success of the next generation of sustainable farmers in the United States. NYFC's supporter network includes thousands of farmers and consumers from all fifty states, who work together to advocate for change in Federal policy, develop new farm technology through the Farm Hack project and solve local issues through regional NYFC chapters. Lindsey regularly speaks at conferences and meetings across the nation, advocating for practical and policy solutions that will help beginning farmers build independent and sustainable farms. Lindsey and her husband run Hearty Roots Community Farm, a 600-member CSA farm, in the Hudson River Valley. Lindsey's first growing experience was at the Red Shed Community Garden in Brooklyn, which she built from the ground up with neighbors. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Lindsey Lusher Shute testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture
Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry. The hearing, titled "Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance: Perspectives on Risk Management Tools and Trends for the 2018 Farm Bill," took place on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The full text of Shute's written testimony may be found here: www.agriculture.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/TESTIMONY_SHUTE.pdf
How Do We Make Farming More Attractive for Youth? (Food Tank Summit)
How Do We Make Farming More Attractive for Youth? A panel discussion called "Farming Differently" on April 1st at the 2017 Food Tank Summit at Tufts University moderated by Kiera Butler, Senior Editor, Mother Jones. Panelists included: Timothy Griffin, Director, Agriculture, Food and Environment Program, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University; Paul Willis, Rancher and Founder, Niman Ranch Pork Company; Monique Mikhail, Senior Campaign Strategist, Greenpeace; Lindsey Shute, Executive Director and Co-Founder, National Young Farmers Coalition; Matthew Dillon, Director of Agricultural Policy and Programs, Clif Bar; and Rukia Bilal, Farmer, Flats Mentor Farm.
Farmers for America- Trailer
To watch the film on PBS this holiday season: rb.gy/rwnvaa The documentary traces the extraordinary changes coming to America’s food system as more and more consumers flock to farmers’ markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles and insist on knowing where their food is coming from. At the center of the film are the farmers, young and old, who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in common: our food. These farmers reflect nothing less than the face of America. With the average age of today’s farmer at 60, and rural America losing population as the cost of land and equipment soars, this film reveals the people waiting to take their place, the practices they’re championing and the obstacles they must overcome. leaveitbetter.com