Charlottesville Food Justice Network

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Charlottesville Food Justice Network


Draft Community Food Justice Network Workplan

How do you describe a ‘community food system’? What about a ‘healthy community food system’? Or, when you add the concept of ‘justice’ – What is a healthy and just community food system? 

The Charlottesville Food Justice Network is an emerging collaborative effort among local organizations working in unique and complementary ways to build healthy and just community food systems.

We’ve been exploring together a shared vision for impact that includes equity, community engagement and collaboration. The info-graphic below 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 complements and enhances each other.

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We have also spent time exploring our understanding of those core questions around how we, how our neighbors and how our partners define a healthy and just community food system. We’ve shared stories about experiences of food justice and food injustice. In the coming months, each of our organizations will work to have similar conversations in our communities and bring the collective wisdom of neighbors together.

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Some of the Charlottesville Food Justice Network Members

Organizations involved to date include: City Schoolyard Garden, City of Promise, Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville, Local Food Hub, Bread & Roses Ministry of Trinity Episcopal, International Rescue Committee-New Roots, 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.