Advocacy Training with Just Food

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“Whether you’re running a farmers’ market, CSA, school or community garden, urban farm, food pantry, social enterprise or food cooperative, advocacy skills are important assets to support and advance your project and to change the larger policy landscape in which healthy food is treated as a privilege of few, instead of a right by all,” says Nadia Johnson, Just Food’s Policy and Advocacy Director.

As part of Just Food’s core work to support community-led solutions to food inequities in New York City neighborhoods, Just Food has begun to offer advocacy workshops and trainings to our network of community food project leaders.

In December, Just Food’s Food Justice Advocacy workshop included community gardeners, farmers’ market managers, and staff from community-based organizations. Participants explored what food justice means to them, inequities in the food system, what advocacy from the bottom-up looks like, and the connections and differences between food security, food justice and food sovereignty.

Just Food’s learner-centered approach to training means that participants learn from each other, everyone’s experience is shared and respected, and relationships are built. At the end of the workshop, participants left with new information around food justice and the role advocacy plays in the work, tools to integrate this knowledge in their community food projects, and a new network of advocates to share challenges and successes.

This year-end workshop was a precursor for an active 2016 season of Just Food advocacy trainings. In addition to a variety of policy and advocacy workshops at the Just Food Conference on March 13th, Just Food will provide advocacy workshops to our community food project partners on grassroots campaign planning, NYC food policy, and community engagement techniques, and more. Just Food will also offer our advocacy intensive course, which includes 20 hours of training on popular education and community-driven advocacy. For more information stay tuned to our website or contact nadia@justfood.org. Here’s to building community action and power in 2016!

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