speaker-info

Judith McGeary

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

www.FarmAndRanchFreedom.org

Judith McGeary is an attorney, activist, and sustainable farmer. After earning her bachelor’s from Stanford and her juris doctor from the University of Texas at Austin, she practiced environmental and appellate law. During that time, she became a passionate advocate of sustainable agriculture, and she and her husband established their own livestock farm. After seeing how government regulations benefit industrial agriculture at the expense of family farms, she founded the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance to promote common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems. McGeary has been profiled in the Texas Observer and Edible Austin, appears in the documentary Farmageddon, and has been interviewed on numerous radio shows across the country. She serves as the executive director of the Council for Healthy Food Systems and on the board of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

Judith will be speaking at the Texas Fairs

Workshops

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Texas Water Wars: Ensuring water resources for farming and homesteading now and into the future

Water is life. Without it, humans, plants, and animals can’t survive. Yet water policy in Texas (who owns it, who gets it, and at what cost) is deeply convoluted and confusing, keeping most people in the dark about the future of this vital resource. Learn about the laws governing surface water, groundwater, and rainwater; what Texas legislators are considering doing; and how you can get involved to protect your future.
Modern Homesteading

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Texas, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage

Local Food and Farming Laws

As more consumers seek out healthy food, local farmers and artisan producers seek to meet the demand. But the “get big or get out” government policies of the last several decades mean that the laws and regulations are often a significant barrier for these small businesses. Learn about the laws governing local produce, grass-fed meats, home-baked goods, raw milk, and more (including significant changes and potential changes in 2019)! This overview for both producers and consumers includes a focus on food initiatives at the state and local level that are designed to help family farmers and local producers.
Modern Homesteading

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Texas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Real Food Stage