Shared Vision Among Among Organizing Partners

The diversity of partners organizing the 6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering are committed to education and community engagement that links people to the land within the regions where they live, work, and play.  Connection to the land has potency to transform lives. Our vision is an informed and engaged citizenry that cares for the agricultural land and supports a healthy food system.

Connections that Lead to Change

Successful farm to school programs connect local food in the cafeteria with food and agriculture education in the classroom and out in the community. Professional development opportunities like  the FBE National Gathering ensure more students have access to these experiences.
~ Simca Horowitz, Eastern MA Director

The 2016 Gathering will bring together practitioners and professionals who provide public engagement on farms, in

gardens, and in kitchens; and who understand the potential that such connections hold for sustaining lasting food systems change.

The towns we serve, and the schools we represent, have a demonstrated commitment to lifelong and experiential learning, and socially conscious leadership, sustainability and environmental sensitivity. Many of the students we serve uphold the values dear to the members of the FBEN. ~ Court Booth, Director 

Farms that open to the public offer tangible means for people to build relationships with working lands. Farm-based education links us to the land, to food, to our agrarian roots, and to each other. The more we understand where our food comes from, the more we will care about sustaining a local food economy. These connections build strong, resilient communities.


As social beings, humans are at our best when pulling together. Sharing the yoke and connected, we accomplish more with less and reduce redundancy. This certainly is the case with the partnership of 2016 Gathering organizers. It also holds true for citizens buying CSA shares, attending farm-based programs, volunteering on farm boards, and mapping farm-food-nutrition programming into school curriculums, to name a few.

People caring for the land and animals that sustain them.

People caring for each other.

People needing people.

Connections That Lead to Change.

Farm-based education plays a vital role in individual, community, and environmental health.  The miracle of cultivating life from the

 Like many of our partners in the FBEN, our goal is to support thriving local food economies and develop an educated, engaged group of people who will protect and steward farms and special places into the future.
~Cathy Wirth, Agriculture Program Director

soil, being sustained by it, and enjoying the conviviality of a thoughtfully prepared and shared meal – these simple experiences can strengthen lives. Suddenly, we appreciate the land in a wholly new way, valuing our connection to it and with each other. From this springboard of caring, an amazing place-based transformation can occur.


Peace. Love. And Radishes. See you in November!

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