Join us for Embracing LOVE in the Food System program, launching April 1!

NOTE: Registration is now closed. We may offer the program again in 2024. If interested, please fill out this Interest Form. Thank you!

CAGJ is pleased to announce we are co-hosting “Embracing LOVE in the Food System,” in April & May 2024, with Everyone’s Food Sovereignty Alliance

Registration is required; please sign up here by March 29

What is “Embracing LOVE in the Food System”?

Today’s food systems often treat food and its production process as if they are lifeless commodities and resources to be consumed. “Embracing LOVE in the Food System” is an eight-week intensive program to explore how we can root ourselves in the interwoven web of life and engage in each stage of the food system with a little more love.

We believe a thriving community-based local food economy is where we can strive for more loving relationships with land, water, plants, animals, fish, farm workers, food workers, and fisher folk. In addition, a local food economy keeps our money locally and increases our chances of accessing more nutrition-dense healthy food, respecting our food traditions, and addressing the climate crisis. We’ve tailored the materials to be appropriate for all individuals (16+) interested in contributing to a thriving local food economy.

At the beginning of each week, carefully curated reading materials and videos are introduced online. At the end of the week, participants gather for live, in-person skill building workshops and facilitated conversations. Participants are encouraged to set aside at least two hours for self-paced learning and to attend the gathering every week.

The course is an opportunity to gain and expand your:

  • knowledge on the connection between global and local food systems
  • concrete skills to ground food sovereignty in your own daily practices
  • network in the local community for shared interest
  • sense of oneness with Mother Earth

At the end, participants will be ready to take more actions towards building food sovereignty in their own communities, and contributing to a thriving local and global food economy!

Accessibility: We will do our best to make this program accessible to everyone, as much as our capacity allows. If you need any accommodations, please let us know when you register.

Who is offering the workshops?

Spring 2024 programs are co-hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ in Seattle) and Everyone’s Food Sovereignty Alliance (EFSA in Olympia).

The workshops will be facilitated by Megumi Sugihara, PhD, a founder of EFSA and developer of the “Embracing LOVE in the Food System” program.

Community Alliance for Global Justice was founded in 2001, and is dedicated to strengthening the global food sovereignty movement. For more information, please visit and

How much does it cost?

No one turned away for lack of funds!

It costs approximately $200 per participant for the organizers to offer this course. Some costs are covered by generous gifts — both financial and in-kind — of individuals and organizations. Participants are asked to contribute what they can on the principle of gift economy. Your contribution is a gift for future participants, program hosts and the local community. Our hope is that you will be able to offer between $50 and $250. However, no amount is too small or too big!

CAGJ will gift all participants a copy of all three editions of “Our Food, Our Right”, CAGJ’s publications celebrating food justice and food sovereignty.

When is the next course?

April 1 through May 26, 2024 (8 weeks)

In-person workshops (please plan to attend all 8 workshops when possible):

Seattle: Saturdays, 10 am – 12 noon (April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, & 25)

Olympia: Sundays, 1 – 3 pm (April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, & 26)

Where do we meet for the in-person workshops?

Seattle — Welcome Table Church/CAGJ office (1322 S Bayview St, Seattle WA, on Beacon Hill near light rail)

Olympia —- Our Community Kitchen (4419 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA, on Intercity bus lines 45 & 47 )

How do I register?

Click here to register today!

Registration deadline – Friday March 29, 2024, 5PM PST


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