The CFN Webinar Series
The CFN offers webinars on high priority food system and network development topics to share innovative approaches, key findings, & lessons learned in order to reduce duplication, leverage knowledge, & grow our collective capacity. Some webinars are followed by regionally-focused videoconferences so you can dig in deeper from the comfort of your office or home.
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View our most recent webinar, “Carrying the Message of Farmers: Lobbying on Behalf of Farmer Interests”
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Brian Bourdages, Northwest Michigan Food & Farming Network
Brian brings more than 25 years of leadership experience working primarily in the nonprofit arena with a focus on natural resource stewardship and protection Returning to his home state of Michigan in 2000, Brian spent nearly 16 years working with the Leelanau Conservancy and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as the Farmland Program Manager at each. He quickly built a network of peers advocating and educating everyone from township officials to Members of Congress, often in collaboration with national organizations such as American Farmland Trust and the Land Trust Alliance. This led to key advocacy work in developing critical components of the 2014 Farm Bill. Presently, Brian works as the Special Projects Manager at Tamarack Holdings, a holding company of several local and specialty food businesses that support the local and regional food systems in Michigan. Having a degree in Philosophy from Western Michigan University, including a certificate in Professional and Applied Ethics, Brianconsiders himself a critical thinker, and a “big picture” person who is uniquely intrigued by the relationship of people and land.
Sarah Hackney, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Grassroots Director
Sarah works with NSAC’s member organizations and allies to empower and mobilize grassroots food and farm voices nationwide. She staffs NSAC’s Grassroots Council and facilitates its work developing grassroots advocacy campaigns. Raised in rural Florida, her prior work has included community-led efforts to improve small farm viability, increase fresh food access, and build leadership in rural communities in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
Rochelle Sparko, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Policy Director
Rochelle grew up in western Massachusetts, where she first tried her hand at gardening on the family farm. She received undergraduate degrees from Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a law degree from Georgetown University. For nearly 10 years, Rochelle had a career as a lawyer and advocate for low- income people in Hawaii and North Carolina. Nowadays, Rochelle maintains Darko Urban Farm with her partner, Will, in downtown Durham; studies horticulture and soil science at NC State University; and is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her passions for advocacy and farming through her work at CFSA.