2020 Virtual Symposium

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Buy your tickets today and join us on Saturday, December 5th from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm as we take our annual symposium online!

During this half-day, virtual symposium we will hear from leaders working on the front lines of the farmworker justice movement, enjoy live music, ground ourselves through storytelling, connect through skill shares, build community and grow power. While we cannot meet in person for our annual symposium this fall, we are committed to fostering connection and bringing together many of the powerful and inspiring pieces of the day we all look forward to each year!

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Speaker and Artist Bios

Josefina Lara Chavez was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, she immigrated with her family in 1994 to the Salinas Valley where she currently resides. She is a fourth-generation family farmer and is passionate about the arts, policy, food justice, and regenerative agriculture. She has a graduate degree in Public Administration, with a focus on Conflict, Security and Development in Latin America, from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and studied Global Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay where through her time abroad earned a  Peace Studies minor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Through her work and volunteerism, she has served her community locally and internationally, most recently as a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Java, Indonesia. She hopes to further advance the role of women and immigrants in agriculture and is currently farming at Big Beaner Ranch in Hollister, CA.

Jocelyn Boreta is a community organizer and herbalist committed to cultivating health equity through the empowerment of indigenous knowledge and self-healing communities. 

“Herbalism is activism.  It shows us that we are connected to the earth, that we know how to heal ourselves, our families and our communities with the plants that grow around us.”

For over 4-years Jocelyn has offered weekly, free, bilingual wellness workshops at community gardens and Latinx health centers throughout Sonoma County.   She is a staff herbalist at integrative health clinic, Farmacopia, and co-founder of The Botanical Bus: Bilingual Mobile Herb Clinic. 

Her community activism has roots in 10-years working as Program Director of the Global Exchange Fair Trade Stores, in partnership with indigenous women in Guatemala, Peru, and India to sustain cultural integrity and livelihood.  

Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from University of California Santa Barbara and certification in herbalism from the California School of Herbal Studies. (from https://thebotanicalbus.org)

Hannah Mayree  is a  creative facilitator and musician who’s work and art lends itself as a tool for redesigning and reconnecting to our roots as humans on this planet. A banjoist, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Hannah shares harmonies through acoustic live vocal looping and reminds us of the empowerment found in our relationship to the earth, music and community. She is the co-founder and a director of the Black Banjo Reclamation Project.

Phanie Maldonado  is a California-based Urban Ecologist whose work takes her from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. She is part of a greater Land Liberation Movement that addresses the use and access to land. Phanie is the co-founder of Apothecary For The People. Her work engages folks with the fascinating world of medicinal plants and promotes Plant Medicine for Health and Wellness rooted in collective efforts towards Justice for people and the planet. 



9:30-10:00 – Welcome and Introduction

10-10:35 – An Interview with Jocelyn Boreta of the Botanical Bus

10:35-11:20 –  A Conversation with Josefina Chavez of Big Beaner Ranch and Community Alliance with Family Farmers

11:20-11:50 – Lunch + Live music with Hannah Mayree of the Black Banjo Reclamation Project

11:50 – 12:20 – Adapting in these times: An Herbal Skill Share with Phanie Maldonado of Apothecary for the People

12:20- 1:50 – World Cafe: Digging in through small group conversations

1:50-2:00 – Gratitudes and Closing