Local Food, Local Places

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Local Food, Local Places

On July 16th and 17th, the Charlottesville Food Justice Network and the City of Charlottesville held a community event called Local Foods, Local Places. This event was made possible through a technical assistance grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. There was tremendous turnout at the event, with 4 foundations, 7 federal and state partners, 4 city departments, 6 housing and redevelopment organizations, and 16 non-profits present. The workshop was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and align on the topic of food justice.

On the first day of the event, a lunch was held at the City Schoolyard Garden at Charlottesville High School, where community members were able to meet the attending federal and state partners. Then, participants loaded onto a bus and took a tour around Charlottesville, stopping at key food equity sites. These sites included: the IRC New Roots Michie Drive Market, Friendship Court UACC garden and community center, and the Westhaven nursing clinic. After a quick break, we then headed to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center for a dinner and opening presentation of the workshop.

Then the next day, the event was again held at the African American Heritage Center and community members spent the day brainstorming and action planning around food justice and how to create a more equitable food system in Charlottesville. The workshop was a wonderful community event and allowed continued conversation around food equity and justice.