BUD will be held on Earthseed Land Cooperative in Durham,     North Carolina.


Why we chose Earthseed:                                                                    We have partnered with Earthseed for the past few iterations of BUD and are delighted to back again on such sacred grounds with such magnificent land stewards. BUD encourages us to view the Earth as a seed. This program urges us to ask what we want to harvest, save, and compost; and how we as stewards can do that? The beauty of this region is in its rich legacy of struggle, triumphs, organizing, and cooperation. We are excited to be by the river and learn from her lessons of flow, movement, power, and rest. We are excited to be on joyful land among animals, birds, and roots that nourish us as we care for them. And we are humbled to be able to do this with a team of cooperators who have been living their dreams of cooperation through Earthseed.

About Earthseed:
Earthseed is a center for community resilience through cooperative ownership of land and resources. They are a transformational response to systemic opression, committed to centering People of Color and other communities pushed to the margins


Transit Options:
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the closest airport to the event venue. GoDurham and GoTriangle provide public transportation in Durham Company through both fixed-route bus service and ACCESS demand-response van service.


A unique opportunity to connect & dream with QTBIPOC cooperators while we work collectively to radically reimage the food system.


What kind of topics will be offered at BUD?


We are accepting applications from those who are in alignment with the following:

  • You are a food or land steward embodying cooperative values.
  • Your work centers the collective liberation of Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color
  • You can attend the full, three day program from,  in Durham, NC
  • 18 or older (We want to build intergenerational cooperative resilience – little ones are welcome! We will have child care providers as an option. Please contact us for us information on specifics)

Each registration covers three full days of intentional programming, an uplifting curriculum built to inspire and inform, transportation (during BUD), meals and excursions, loving daily check-ins with your facilitators, decolonized networking, a generative support system, rest-centered building, a toolkit for unlearning various oppressions, Earth-connected place-based work, and so much more!

While we do not offer traditional scholarships, we do offer sliding scale tiers with the hope that we can make BUD as accessible as possible. We are committed to the disruption of capitalism, and the overall accessibility of the program. We are more than happy to work with individuals and co-ops to fundraise, and think creatively about ways to make BUD more accessible. For example, your co-op or collective could looks into some of these options for scholarship and funding:

  1. Funding can be obtained through your host co-op or organization. Consider professional development or programmatic budgets, or funding set aside for technical assistance and organizational development.

  2. Try some community fundraising! CoFED believes deeply in community wealth-building, and living in collective abundance. We can help connect you to your local and regional community of aligned cooperatives, cooperative associations, and credit unions. Or you can implement your own fundraising idea!

We understand that plans change and you might need to cancel. You may request to receive a full refund until Aug. 4 by contacting us at bud@cofed.org. Cancellations made after Aug. 4 are non-refundable, but tickets may be transferred to another person in your co-op/collective.

At this moment, we are not requiring that attendees be vaccinated for COVID or wear masks. However, we encourage attendees to wear masks to protect others in the community, and will provide KN95 or N95 masks at the event.

We will also be providing tests at the door so you can test before entering, during the event and post event. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 health and safety developments, as well as new virus variants. We will follow all guidelines and requirements from the Durham County Department of Public Health and the CDC. Our guidelines will shift if the Durham County Community Level is at medium/yellow or high/red, particularly with regard to masking.

If you have recently traveled or been exposed to COVID-19 you should consult the CDC’s website for the most updated guidance. We strongly recommend that participants test 48 hrs prior to the event, and also ask if you are sick, and experiencing flu like symptoms you stay home regardless of a positive test.

We are excited to gather in person, and experience the magic that happens when QTBIPOC share space and dream together. By attending BUD you are committing to a practice of community care and accountability. The space is safe because we make it safe. Let’s take care of each other.

COVID-19 Resources

CDC – What to do if you are sick?

CDC Travel Guide

North Carolina COVID-19 Tracker

We are committed to the safety of all attendees, including members of our host site. Because of this, the address of Earthseed will only be provided to participants after registration.