Effie Rawlings was raised in California and in Illinois, where her family grew seed corn. Her interest in agroecology, co-operative structures, and community organizing was catalyzed by her family’s experiences in the seed industry, her time serving as Cryptologic Linguist in the US Army, and her experiences as a student organizer at UC Berkeley. Her interests found a nexus at the Gill Tract Farm, where she joined the 20-year community struggle to protect the historic farmland from being paved for commercial “development”. Today, she helps collectively farm 2.5 acres at the Gill Tract in collaboration with the UC College of Natural Resources. She practices social permaculture in South Berkeley, where she has shared a 25 person housing co-op called Cooperative Roots for the last 7 years. She is currently a fellow at the Farmer Veterans Coalition, and organizes internationally with the Friends of the MST (Landless Workers Movement). When she’s not OD’ing on consensus processes, Effie likes to sing harmonies round the fire, study herbalism, and practice archery.
2016 Convergence Workshop: Political and Cultural Transformation thru Co-operatives with Andrew Baskin