• Chair: Beth Slocum, farmer, Welch, Minn.
• Vice-Chair: Laura Frerichs, farmer, Hutchinson, Minn.
• Interim Secretary-Treasurer: Laurie Driessen, farmer, Canby, Minn.
Members at Large:
• Jody Lenz, farmer, Star Prairie, Wis.
• Deborah Allan, retired professor, Saint Paul, Minn.
• Kristin Tombers, business owner, Minneapolis, Minn.
• Jon Jovaag, farmer, Austin, Minn.
• Dan McGrath, organizer/consultant, Saint Paul, Minn.
• Darrel Mosel, farmer, Gaylord, Minn.
• Les Macare, farmer, Colfax, Wis.
• Sara Morrison, food co-op manager, Osceola, Wis.
• Sister Mary Tacheny, Jordan, Minn.
• Jo Anne Rohricht, Saint Paul, Minn.
LSP Board Policy Statements
• Climate Change, Agriculture & Energy (Feb. 2018)
To foster an ethic of stewardship for America’s farmland, the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) advances regenerative farming and food systems that protect soil, water and wildlife resources; promote fairness and economic opportunities for family farms and rural communities; and provide safe and healthful food for all people. However, dangerously high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which are continuing to rise, seriously threaten future progress. Read the full statement here.
• Gender Equity (Feb. 2018)
One aspect of the Land Stewardship Project’s mission is to advance the development of healthy communities
based upon our principles of democracy, justice and equity. To achieve the vibrant, resilient communities we envision, there must be gender equity, meaning all persons, regardless of gender or gender identity, must have the same opportunities, rights, benefits and obligations. In acknowledging our shared history of gender oppression, we also recognize that if we are to enjoy the full potential our community holds, this often means ensuring that people who were denied opportunities in the past now receive them. Read the full statement here.
• Racial Equity (July 2010)
As the Land Stewardship Project board of directors, we recognize that we are living in very challenging eco-nomic times. On the farm, in small towns, and in our larger cities, we are witnessing a level of economic dis-
tress not seen since the Great Depression. There is considerable financial uncertainty for many individuals and families, much of which has been brought about by an economy that has been based on excessive corporate profits, the extraction of wealth from rural communities, and the exploitation of people and the land. Faced with high unemployment and foreclosure rates, and a lack of access to meaningful, well-compensated work, many white, middle class, and low-income people are hurting. Similarly, middle-class and low-income people of color and American Indians, already saddled with huge disparities in access to health, education, jobs, land, nutrition, housing, and deep unfairness in our criminal justice system, face deeply challenging economic prospects as well. Throughout our nation’s history, we note that times of deep economic uncertainty have often fueled bigotry, scapegoating, anti-immigrant sentiment and racist public policy. In this current economy, we have already begun to see these elements take root once again. Read the full statement here.