Urban Farmer Will Allen Wins 2008 MacArthur Fellowship

Will Allen, an urban farmer and the founder of Growing Power in Milwaukee, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2008. The Fellowship is a $500,000 unrestricted grant for individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. For more information about Will Allen’s work see the […]

2009 Farmer Chef Connection

On Monday February 9, 2009, two CAGJ-ers attended the Seattle Chef’s Collaborative Farmer Chef Connection event, held at Herban Feast in SODO. The Farmer Chef Connection was an all-day conference, bringing together regional food producers and buyers for business-to-business networking, presentations & workshops. The event featured talks by chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas and culinary consultant and chef instructor, Greg Atkinson, […]

Confronting the Food Crisis Teach-in Session Notes

We are very excited to post notes from many of the sessions during our Teach-in, which happened this past December. Thank you to all the volunteer note-takers who compiled this information for us! Click here to view the session notes in a PDF document. Please feel free to browse these notes to get a feel […]

Tacoma Farmer places 2nd in White House Farmer Nominations

The site http://www.whitehousefarmer.com/ was launched in November 2008 as a forum to follow up on Michael Pollan’s call for a White House Farmer. Pollan suggested the farmer be charged with transforming “five prime south-facing acres of the White House lawn and plant[ing] in their place an organic fruit and vegetable garden” whose produce will be […]

Structural Racism and Our Food: Webinar

The Center for Social Inclusion has now made available the “Structural Racism and the Food Systems” presentation from a webinar held in March 2008. Please click here to visit their website and find out more about these discussions around structural racism and our food communities. The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) was founded in New […]

Maya Wiley on Food and Racial Justice

On November 19, 2008, Maya Wiley spoke at the Politics of Food: A Conference on New York’s Next Policy Challenge. Maya spoke on the relationship between our food system – from the farm to the cash register – and racial disparities in the US, and how a race-conscious effort to reform how we feed the […]

Food for Thought AND Action: A Food Sovereignty Curriculum

On the occasion of World Food Day, Grassroots International and the National Family Farm Coalition are pleased to announce the release of Food for Thought And Action: A Food Sovereignty Curriculum. The curriculum is accessible online and relevant to folks interested in the impact of agricultural and trade policies on farmers and other small producers (most […]

Open Letter to Paul Collier, in response to “Politics of Hunger”

To:Editors, Foreign Affairs From:William Aal, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Seattle Lucy Jarosz, Professor, Geography, University of Washington Carol Thompson, Professor, Political Economy, Northern Arizona University Re:Open Letter to Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, UK, in response to “Politics of Hunger,” Foreign […]

Response to Paul Collier in Foreign Affairs

In a recent article in Foreign Affairs, Paul Collier advocates “slaying three giants” to end the food crisis “peasant agriculture, fear of scientific agriculture and the myth of biofuels to overcome US oil dependence.”  CAGJ member William Aal, our recent guest Carol Thompson of Northern Arizona University and Lucy Jarosz of UW have written a […]

Over 400 People Attend Teach-In on Food Crisis

More than 400 people attended the “Confronting the Food Crisis: Cultivating Just Alternatives to the Corporate Food System” Teach-in on December 5th and 6th. This was a huge turnout that far surpassed our expectations! A big thank you goes out to all the speakers, co-sponsors, volunteers, and allies who made it happen. We couldn’t have […]