Food Justice Project

food_justiceThrough community education, political action, anti-oppressive organizing and community-building, the Food Justice Project seeks to challenge and transform the globalized, industrial, corporate-driven food system and promote existing alternatives.

Food Justice Project meetings are 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 - 8:30pm at CAGJ's Office, 1322 S Bayview St., Seattle, WA 98144. Contact fjp@cagj.org for more info.

New to the Food Justice Project?
Volunteer orientations are held from 6pm-6:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, right before Food Justice Project (FJP) meetings. Come to learn more about the Food Justice Project, our current campaigns, and ways you can get involved. The 6:30pm FJP meeting directly after gives you an opportunity to meet current organizers and get involved straight away!
Please RSVP to a future orientation by emailing us first at fjp@cagj.org.

What we do

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Community-based workshops and "teach-outs" educating people on food justice & sovereignty issues and encouraging people to take action.

"Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice" is CAGJ's educational book in two editions, with recipes, how-to, and essays on food politics, justice, and sovereignty. A great teaching resource!

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Mobilizing our members and the public for a fair food system.
Take action to support these campaigns and food sovereignty everywhere!

We organize and support campaigns in solidarity with local family farmers and food producers, farmworkers, for the right to good food, food chain workers, and food justice globally!

Add yourself to the FJP listserv and get meeting & event announcements, and a few food justice resources/articles from around the region and around the world (1-2 posts a week) by clicking here!

Still need to know more? Check out this YouTube video slideshow about Food Justice Project Teach-Outs and CAGJ's publication, "Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice"

Recent updates and actions:


Teach-Out Report: Clean Greens Farm

CAGJ’s Teach-Out with Clean Greens Farm took place August 24, 2019
Report by Alanna Boynton, Food Justice Project Co-Chair

The sun blazed overhead as I followed the rural roads winding along the Snoqualmie River in Duvall, WA. I soon spotted my destination: Clean Greens Farm, where I’d be spending the day working and learning alongside the farmers and other volunteers as part of a Teach-Out organized by CAGJ.

I was especially excited for this event, since my family signed up to be members of Clean Greens’ CSA this summer. Our weekly boxes have been brimming with a huge variety of delicious veggies, including summer squash, beets, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, cabbage, and greens of all types (collards, mustards, chard, kale).

The farmers, Tom and Venice, began by welcoming us and giving a brief history of the farm’s evolution. Clean Greens began when one of the founders, Reverend Jeffrey, was faced with health issues and decided to drastically change his diet. Now, the farm grows a huge amount of food on just a few acres of land, which is sold at its market stands in the Central District and at Harborview Medical Center. The vegetables are priced affordably in order to further their mission of making healthy food accessible to everyone, especially those living in food deserts where fresh produce isn’t readily available.

We took a walk to the back fields, where we quickly got to work weeding the collards, mustards, and turnips. The sun beat down on us, but the weeds came out easily (well, except for those pesky thistles!) and working together, we managed to make a lot of progress in a relatively short amount of time.

The “before” shot as we started weeding the collards

The same rows after weeding!

 

As we worked, we talked with the farmers, and learned that Tom and Venice volunteer several days per week with Clean Greens even though they also have their own farm to manage. In fact, most of the farm’s operations are volunteer-led, which says a lot about the inspiring strength of its vision.

Over lunch, we discussed how this farm relates to food sovereignty in our region. Clean Greens has its own very centralized market, and provides food directly to consumers. This allows them to have personal relationships with their customers, and the specific locations they serve put them at the forefront of wider issues facing Seattle, such as gentrification of the historically black Central District. But it also puts power back in their hands: the power to grow culturally relevant foods and build connection within their communities in a way that no grocery store chain ever could.

After doing a bit more weeding, we headed down the road to a neighbor’s farm, where we picked over 100 pounds of green beans to be donated to the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Though the day was very productive, in a way it felt like many things were left unfinished. There is still so much to be done, after all. The weeds will keep growing, the collards will need harvesting, the produce will need to be delivered and sold at market stands.

And that’s only part of it, because this tangible farm work is rooted in a much larger goal, one that seeks to dismantle the institutional racism embedded in the food system. By mobilizing volunteers and support within the communities it serves, Clean Greens is creating an alternative food system: one that values health and well-being at every level, from the soil to the people.

You can help further Clean Greens Farm’s mission by making a donation, visiting one of their market stands, joining their CSA program, or signing up to volunteer. Your support goes a long way in continuing the fight for food justice in our region.