Food Justice

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  • All For All – How To Make Health Food Affordable For Every Table | Sam Polk | Change Food Fest

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    Sam Polk, co-founder and CEO of Everytable and the founder and executive director of the non-profit Groceryships, shares his story and why he came to work at the intersection of poverty and obesity. His business model is making to-go food affordable for working moms, while also working to educate and support families about nutrition and cooking. Read More

  • Black Food Matters: Race and Equity in the Good Food Movement | Devita Davison | Change Food Fest

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    Devita Davison, director of marketing and communications at FoodLab Detroit, shares the story of Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, explaining the barriers there still are today for food entrepreneurs of color. FoodLab Detroit is transforming Detroit’s local food economy by supporting a diverse community of food businesses and allies working to make good food a sustainable reality for all Detroiters. Read More

  • Changing Our Food System Starts with Changing Our View of Farmers | Loren Cardeli | Change Food Fest

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    Loren Cardeli, the founder and president of A Growing Culture, implores us to embrace farmers. He shares his views about the importance of farmer autonomy and farmer rights, connecting social justice and environmental justice, and the need for community. Loren wants to change the our view of the food movement, moving farmers to the forefront of the conversation. For more, go to #IStandWithFarmers. Read More

  • Community Change at Harlem Grown: From the Ground Up | Tony Hillery | Change Food Fest

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    Tony Hillery, founder and director of Harlem Grown, shares the story of Harlem Grown and the community that they serve. The empty lot turned urban garden across the street from the first school they served, proved that if a kid plants it, they will eat it. The garden grew 38 pounds of produce the first year and now it’s up to 3000 pounds. They also educate families how to cook and focus on workforce development. Listen in for more of this amazing story. Read More

  • Fences | Martina Lynch | Change Food Fest

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    Martina Lynch, hip hop and spoken word artist and CEO of Taharka Brothers ice cream company, speaks about creating conversation through the art of storytelling and food. Taharka Brothers uses their award-winning ice creams, sorbets, and business initiatives to party for the right to fight for a better and brighter tomorrow. Watch her perform Fences, inspired by August Wilson, which was also interpreted into a ice cream flavor for Taharka Brothers. Read More

  • Working Together to Feed Families Practically and Effectively | Angel Rodriguez | Change Food Fest

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    Angel Rodriguez, VP of Community Economic Development (CED) for Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), shares how a conversation with a single mom helped bring food to a community. In Philadelphia, where Angel’s team works, nearly half the population is food insecure. When they were asked what they wanted, the answer was obvious, the highest quality food at the lowest prices. APM worked with the community to create a buying club to address the food insecurity issues and to help parents get food on the table. Read More

  • The Culture of Collards

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    Collard greens are more than a simple side dish. Brought to the American South with the slave trade, they represent a critical aspect of African-American cultural history. A new generation of passionate farmers, culinary historians, and … Read More

  • Voting Rights: Organic, Fork-Voting & Food Justice – Kristy Athens


    Do you “vote with your fork” for social change? Ever wonder how effective that is? Kristy Athens will explain why fork-voting isn’t really doing a lot of good, and might actually be doing some harm. Read More

  • A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA – Ron Finley


    Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people … Read More

  • Cultivating Equality in the Food System – Danielle Nierenberg


    Women are the world’s food producers, yet these working women are denied access to education, refused by banking and financial institutions, and ignored by extension agents and research organizations. Danielle Nierenberg, president and co-founder of Food Tank, explains that we need more investment in women farmers so that they can have the same access to resources as men. Moreover, we need to create awareness, in order to recognize, honor, and value the work of women in our food system, and to listen to women farmers’ … Read More

  • Green Bronx Machine: National Health and Wellness Center at PS 55 – Stephen Ritz


    Stephen Ritz (Mr. Steve to his students) is the founder of Green Bronx Machine. Steve talks about the challenges that continue to face his students in the South Bronx and building the National Health & Wellness Center at PS55. The Center will send his students home with 100 lbs of vegetables each week that they grow in school. Read More

  • Food Justice: A Vision Deeper Than the Problem – Anim Steel


    Anim Steel tells a vision of the Food Movement that draws from the promise of history starting with the land and leads to a just food system. Read More