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Our mission is to sustain rural livelihoods and environments by integrating research, education, and trade innovations.

Our vision is for a global economy where people, healthy food systems, and the environment come first.

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Upcoming Events

March 2015

Community Forum on Immigration
in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day
Sunday March 29 at 2 pm
Fox Theater
241 S Main Street
Salinas, California

For more info, call: 831-758-2611 ext. 228 or

ONLINE: Edible Education 101
Sustainable Farming through Agroecology

Monday March 30 6:30 – 8:30 pm (Pacific)

Speakers: Stephen Gliessman with Mark Bittman

Tuesday March 31 6 — 8 pm
Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean St.
Santa Cruz, California

A discussion with two parents and two surviving students of the 43 missing university students who disappeared on September 26, 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. Learn more.

Picket Lines & Produce Stands: Worker Power in Food Justice
Wednesday April 1  6 – 8 pm
The Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland CA

Meal & Conversation. Learn more.

Occupy the Farm
Tuesday April 7 at 7 pm
The Nickelodeon Theatre
210 Lincoln St.
Santa Cruz, CA

Filmmaker’s Q&A to follow the screening. Buy ticket.

27th Specialty Coffee Association of America Annual Expo
April 9-12, 2015
Seattle Washington
¡Juventud Despierta!
Student Activism and Social Change in the 21st Century
April 18 & 19, 2015
UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California

Announcing the Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios’ (USEU) 7th state-wide conference. The purpose of this event is to encourage students to fill the gap between theory and practice by becoming active in movements that demand and defend the liberation of oppressed peoples around the world. Learn more.

Agroecology: Food for the Future
Monday April 27, 2015 to Friday May 1, 2015
Schumacher College, United Kingdom
With Miguel A Altieri and Clara Nicholls. The Green Revolution failed to ensure safe and abundant food production for all people. As the expansion of agroexports, transgenic and biofuel monocultures continues to unfold, hunger affects about one billion people on the planet.  Learn more.

July 2015

2015 International Agroecology Shortcourse
July 12–25, 2015
Santa Cruz, California

About CAN

CAN is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to sustain rural livelihoods and environments in the global south through the integration of agroecology-based research, education, and development strategies. Our work is both regional and global, with projects and activities in Mexico, Central America, and the United States, and our International Agroecology Shortcourse, which has trained hundreds of farmers, researchers, and community leaders from around the world since 2000.

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