You all may remember how inspired I became from my journey last summer/fall – setting off to learn to farm and discover how race and justice fit into my passion for sustainability and healthy food. The people I met and the feedback I received on questioning the intersection of race and food inspired me to begin working on some projects that will continue to feature farmers and food activists of color, and continue to raise the voice of this community while repainting the picture of agriculture and the good food movement.
I mentioned back in December to keep an eye out for some of these projects, and I have been a busy bee this winter – not just sulking about being broke and unable to farm-hop much – but writing, grant searching, planning and collaborating with some wonderful people to create – The Color of Food — (the title of my series on Grist just kinda stuck – and is sticking within the movement as well check it out!)
The issue of race and food is something I can’t seem to stop thinking or talking about (as you know), so I am excited to officially make it my focus through this organization. Folks I met during my trip and with whom I continue to collaborate have made it so clear to me that this message has to be heard. And the serendipitous timing of The Color of Food report I linked to above, released last week by ARC, only confirms for me that the issue of racial inequity in our food system can no longer be ignored.
I will be continuing to build this organization with key partners, mentors and friends and I hope you all will check it out, join us, give your input and contribute in any way you can!