African Small Farmers Declaration–La Via Campesina (International Peasants Movement)

Shashe Declaration 12-20 June 2011 Africa Region 1 of La Via Campesina, Masvingo, Zimbawe We are 47 people from 22 organizations in 18 countries (Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Central African Republic, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Portugal, USA, France, and Germany). We are farmers and staff […]

US universities in Africa ‘land grab’

by John Vidal and Claire Provost, Guardian.co.uk(, June 8, 2011) US universities are reportedly using endowment funds to make deals that may force thousands from their land in Africa. Harvard and other major American universities are working through British hedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in […]

WED July 27 Wendell Berry Book Group

Inspired by the recent Wendell Berry speaking event hosted by Seattle Arts & Lectures, CAGJ’s Director Heather Day will host an evening in his honor at her home on Wed July 27, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please bring your favorite Wendell Berry poem, story or essay, & be ready to read part of it aloud! You […]

National call-in day to President Obama on June 22, 2011

Stand up for family farmers and ranchers, the environment, and access to healthy food for consumers by participating in a GIPSA national call-in day to President Obama on June 22, 2011!!!!!! Major US meatpacking companies routinely underpay family farms for their animals to show favoritism to factory farms. GIPSA (the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards […]

Food Justice Trivia Night!

Monday, June 27th 7 – 9pm Hopvine Pub 507 15th Ave E $3-5 sliding scale per player, teams of up to 6 Come learn and share what you know about food politics – and see how you stack up against fellow players. How many chickens can you keep in Seattle? What’s a “brassica”? What food […]

Genetic Diversity and Food Security

Food Ark (by Charles Siebert, National Geographic, July, 2011) This is worth a read — “A crisis is looming: To feed our growing population, we’ll need to double food production. Yet crop yields aren’t increasing fast enough, and climate change and new diseases threaten the limited varieties we’ve come to depend on for food. Luckily […]

Teach-Out Report! Cascadian Edible Landscapes

By Courtney Lawson, Food Justice Project Intern April 24th was an Easter Sunday, but that didn’t stop the spirits of the CAGJ enthusiasts who ventured to Cascadian Edible Landscape’s property in South Seattle. Michael Seliga, founder of Cascadian Edible Landscapes (CEL), and his wife Stephanie (the program manager of the Just Garden Project) were the […]

Raw Milk Gets Raw Deal From Feds

By Reid Mukai, CAGJ Co-Chair After a two year undercover surveillance operation and an armed pre-dawn raid by U.S. Marshals one year ago, the feds finally got their man and shut down his operations. Their target was not an alleged terrorist mastermind nor drug warlord but Amish dairy farmer Dan Allgyer. His crime? Distributing harmless […]

CAGJ attends CFSC’s “Food Policy From Neighborhood to Nation” Conference in Portland, OR

By Chris Iberle, Food Justice Project Co-Chair On May 19-21st, 2011 I had the honor of attending the Community Food Security Coalition’s first policy-focused conference, bringing together food policymakers, food policy council participants, activists from varying sectors of the food movement, farmers, food workers, and experts on food policy for three days of learning and […]

June 11: 5th Annual SLEE Dinner

“Strengthening Local Economies, Everywhere” Saturday, June 11, 2011 Happy Hour 5:00 – 6:30 Dinner 6:30 – 9:30 Same great location: St. Demetrios Church in Montlake: 2100 Boyer Avenue East Buy your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets! Sliding scale $40-$75: Please be generous in your support! We want to make this event accessible to everyone […]