Farming for Justice February 2020
Bridging and Disrupting: Transforming the emergency food system through community-based practices of growing and sharing food in Appalachia
Wednesday, February 12th
Via Zoom, recorded
This presentation and conversation will dive into deeper understanding of the emergency food system, community-based food system, and their intersections. In our giving garden models, we find ourselves uniquely positioned to build bridges throughout the food system at the local level. We are also positioned to go deeper and disrupt norms that perpetuate hunger, food insecurity, and inequity in the emergency food system where we work. We ask, while looking at and leaning into the roots of these, how can we uplift or shape practices so that they break stigma and reenvision a more just and equitable food system?
Janice Brewer is the Farm Manager at Root Cause Farm, where she organizes folks, in community, to grow organic food for donation. Janice has been participating in community and emergency food systems since 2013. Her passions lie in leaning into the uncomfortable parts of addressing food insecurity and encouraging folks to explore their inner truths of what connection, community, and fulfillment means to them.
Ali Stone works with Root Cause Farm as their Program Manager and is a student at OHSU pursuing a Masters of Science in Food Systems and Society. Ali has leadership experience in community garden development, teaching, project management, and food access advocacy. She continues to grow in understanding how to work within our current food systems while disrupting it; by offering an alternative to food access using an abundance mindset and asset based model.
Kathleen Wood is the Executive Director of Dig In!, a nonprofit community garden and just food system catalyst based in Yancey County, NC. Kathleen brings experience as a farmworker, community organizer, political advocate, and social scientist to her work. In her role with Dig In!, she oversees organic food production, the development of food distribution and education programs, and organizes place-based collaborations to create community food security.