Food Justice: past, present and futre

The PVGrows Racial Equity in the Food System presents

Food Justice: past, present and future

Wednesday, March 11th

 4:00 – 6:00 PM at  the Holyoke Senior Center

291 Pine Street, Holyoke, MA 1st Floor Conference Room

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Light refreshments will be served.

Who can buy healthy fresh vegetables in our region and who can’t? Why and why not? How has institutional racism shaped access to healthy food in our region and beyond? What is needed to build a resilient food system that provides for all?

The PV Grows Racial Equity in the Food System Working Group invites you to a conversation in which we will trace the practices of modern agriculture and food production back to plantation agriculture, examine some of the policies that have shaped food chain worker conditions, and together build tools for action in this region and beyond.

Then, we’ll imagine a Massachusetts where everyone has access to enough healthy, fresh, locally produced, safe, affordable, culturally appropriate food and where those that grow, harvest, distribute, and sell food make a living wage in a safe environment.

The Massachusetts Food Policy Council is leading a process to craft a statewide Food Systems Plan that ties together the many elements of the food system. The ideas generated at this event will inform the creation of an actionable plan to make our food system better serve our needs.

The PVGrows Racial Equity in the Food System Working Group gatherings provide a space for us to deepen our shared understanding of racism, how it shows up in the food system; and why food justice & racial equity are at the core of creating a healthy food system.

Events are open to anyone dedicated to creating a just and healthy food system in the Pioneer Valley.

Background Reading: 
How well are you representing a vibrant a food movement for the 21st century? by Kamilah Weeks
Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion in Western Mass by Andrew Morehouse
Why is PVGrows inviting our members to an Undoing Racism Training? by Liz O’Gilvie

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