“Training of Trainers allowed me to do two things I love: cook and teach,” says Christy Robb, Food Services Director at St. Johns Bread & Life in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. “I hadn’t thought of myself in that way, and it had a huge personal impact on me.”
October 5th’s Let Us Eat Local is a celebration of Just Food’s community--including regional and urban farms, community activists, mindful eaters, and an array of New York City’s finest restaurants providing delicious leadership in the sustainable food movement.
A friend introduced Sia Pickett to Just Food’s Community Chef training program in 2011, and she’s been inspiring Brooklyn farmers’ market shoppers with healthy--and delicious--cooking demos ever since.
Cindy Nibbelink-Worley first planted seeds at The Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden aka Project Harmony in 1985. With help from a crew of high school volunteers from City Volunteer Corps, Cindy transformed the Harlem garden from an abandoned lot. Since then, Project Harmony has grown into an urban oasis complete with a CSA pick-up site and a now, a brand-new community-run farmers’ market.
For lifelong Queens resident Abby Burke, working as Community Outreach and Pantry Coordinator for Hour Children Food Pantry in Long Island City has enabled her to give back to her community. Abby joined Hour Children in November of 2011 as a part-time team member and went on to manage the pantry full-time in 2013.
Crown Heights Farm Share has created a strong sense of community for its members through bake sales, cooking demonstrations, and other initiatives. The pick-up site is located in the dining hall of Georgia’s Place, a residence for formerly homeless adults, and the CSA has hard worked to integrate the residents with the broader community by involving them in the CSA.
At Just Food’s Conference on March 15th, New York City Comptroller and longtime ally of Just Food Scott Stringer presented the McKinley Hightower-Beyah Award to South Bronx resident Dawn Ortiz. Just Food launched the award in 2008 to commemorate McKinley Hightower-Beyah, a dear friend of Just Food, for his lifelong work and achievements. Each year, the award highlights an outstanding youth who has demonstrated a commitment to urban agriculture, community leadership, and social justice.
Just Food is thrilled to welcome Barbara Turk, the Mayor's Director of Food Policy as a presenter at the annual Just Food Conference on March 15th.
Barbara, along with other leaders in city government will share their experience, goals and challenges in working to build equity in the planning, implementation and impact of their work on the panel, "Building Equity in City Government."
On February 10th, 2015, Just Food joined more than 100 community gardeners and supporters on the steps of City Hall to oppose a new housing plan by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) that could potentially destroy 17 thriving community gardens for developers to build "affordable housing."
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