Interested in making a difference in your local food system? Want to influence meaningful policy change? Look no further – on Saturday, April 5th, the Just Food Conference will offer an all-day intensive workshop dedicated to teaching both new and seasoned community organizers who want to use grassroots organizing to engage in the political process.
Just Food’s CSA subsidy program has been life-changing for many New York City residents, including Krista Tinei Oakes and her family.
Krista is a member of Brooklyn's Crown Heights CSA, one of 12 CSAs that received funding from Just Food this past season to help lower the cost of CSA shares for more than 75 families. Without the subsidy, these community members would not be able to participate in their neighborhood CSA.
When recent Farm School NYC graduate Yanet Rojas came to NYC from Peru in 1999, she set out to make a difference. While her main interests were originally in advocacy for education, she gradually became more and more interested in food issues. Yanet wanted a space where she could grow her own fresh vegetables.
For the past 17 years, at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Van Brundt Street in Red Hook, The Backyard Garden has served as a place for local residents to garden, grow food, and enjoy community activities. Founder Eric Thomann is still running the Backyard Garden, and his passion for community gardening has enabled him to work with his neighbors to turn the once vacant lot into a truly remarkable urban garden.
Just Food Volunteer Jillian Rice Zrebiec (left), Executive Director Jackie Berger, Supporter Raffaella Pierson, and Chairman of the Board Melissa Kasper Shapiro (right) sharpen their cooking skills at Haven's Kitchen.
“This is the first example I’ve seen of real political clout in the food movement,” said author and NYU professor Marion Nestle to an audience of over 750 New Yorkers who packed the Mayoral Forum on the Future of Food in New York City, co-hosted by Just Food on July 17th at The New School.
Just Food’s Community Food Education program has a wealth of resources for New Yorkers looking for inspiration to create simple, healthy--and of course--delicious seasonal meals. Join us for our monthly cooking series at Whole Foods, or check out a Community Chef in action at one of 24 markets in the City Farms Market Network.
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