The Charlottesville Food Justice Network is an emerging collaborative effort among local organizations working in unique and complementary ways to build a healthy and just community food system. As a collaborative, we explore ways in which our local food system creates opportunities and barriers to accessing healthy nutritious foods. We are working together to envision a healthy and just food system for all Charlottesville citizens, no matter an individuals’ race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, age, economic background, or neighborhood location.
In order to create and enact our vision, we utilize a three-part strategy consisting of exploration, mobilization, and action. We are currently in an exploration phase where we are investigating how we, our neighbors and how our partners define a healthy and just community food system. This collective wisdom is shaping how view food justice in Charlottesville. This includes having conversations with Charlottesville citizens to spark dialogue about food justice. In our mobilization phase, we will convene around an amplified conversation about food justice and separate out each partner organization’s strengths for a plan of action. Finally, we will move into our action phase by utilizing our community-based knowledge and organization strengths to implement sound and appropriate solutions.
The info-graphic above is one of our first steps to begin to understand how our work interfaces. It was designed by a UVA doctoral social psychology class with Professor Tammy Walker and highlights some of the ways in which our network complements and enhances each other.
Our leadership team includes: City Schoolyard Garden, City of Promise, the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville, International Rescue Committee: New Roots program, Local Food Hub, and Trinity Episcopal Church – Bread and Roses.
Other organizations involved include: Cville Foodscapes, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, PB&J Kitchen, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, New Branch Farm, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Casa Alma, Charlottesville City Schools, Emergency Food Network, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Growing for Change, the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Whole Foods, and Market Central.
To learn more about the Charlottesville Food Justice Network contact CSG Executive Director, Jeanette Abi-Nader at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to our funders at the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program.
City Schoolyard Garden, City of Promise and Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville were recently awarded a two-year USDA Community Food Project grant aimed at increasing food security in Charlottesville. Several core projects are included in this grant, such as City of Promise building a garden and garden program and City Schoolyard Garden hosting the Harvest of the Month program in Charlottesville City Schools. In addition to these direct activities, the grant includes a community visioning and planning component which has led to the formation of the Charlottesville Food Justice Network.