June Resources

Rise Up! Summer School 2020: Cultivating Resilient Food Systems in Times of Crisis

CAGJ is hosting Rise Up! Summer School  during the summer of 2020. Registration is now full. However, we are making all curriculum available to everyone interested!


JUNE: Past/Laying groundwork & Foundations
Topics: Food Sovereignty, Food Justice, Agroecology, Seed Sovereignty, Decolonization, Racist & genocidal roots of US food system
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: Solidarity with Farmworkers

JULY: Present/Current state of food system
Topics: Corporate control of the food system, Agribusiness impact on climate crisis, Food workers’ rights and food security in a pandemic, Philanthro-capitalism
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: Solidarity with African food sovereignty movement

AUGUST: Future/Paths Forward
Topics: Just Transition, Climate Justice, Movement-Building
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: Solidarity with NW tribes in opposition to GE Salmon

JUNE – Past | Laying Groundwork & Foundations



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Choose at least one of the following activities to deepen your connections:

Dare to invest in hope by planting a seed. Maybe this is a real seed in soil, or maybe just the seed of an idea that you write down or put out into the universe formally in some other way. Take time for ceremony. Honor the moment.

What is your food history? What is the history of your family, culture, or self as it relates to food? Are there fisherpeople, farmers, millers in your family history? What food cultures are a part of your daily life?

⊹ Whose land are you on? Do some research and go on an adventure! (?).

Pt. 1 – Take time to learn about the land you occupy- where you live, work, and play. Who has and continues to steward this land? Visit Native-land.ca and find your location. It’s worthwhile to compare other maps too, as maps are subjective, colonial, and ever-changing! Take some time to learn more about the Native peoples who have lived there since time immemorial. What does and has food looked like for them? What are their current successes, struggles? Get to know an Indigenous-led organization in your area and familiarize yourself with their current goals.

Pt. 2 – Look up 3 native plants, animals, or fungi that grow in your region. Learn about their importance to the local tribes, including their cultural, nutritional, medicinal, and economic values. Where will you find these in your area? Make some predictions then go outside. Ask some questions:what is the oldest living being you can find? Ask them what they have witnessed. How are these species threatened by colonialism, climate change, capitalism (e.g. directly threatened by invasive non-natives; habitat loss; encroachment of development; reckless human behavior, etc.)? Choose a way to process your thoughts. Maybe make a piece of art about it, or simply take some notes.


We strongly encourage you to keep a journal or some other way to express and process your thoughts. Choose a format that speaks to your creativity (it does not need to be written word by any means). Feel free to document any ideas that come up, new connections you’ve made, “a-ha” moments, experiences with the ENGAGE activities.

Here are some guiding questions to get you started. You will have the opportunity to share your reflections with the larger group on Slack, if you’d like to.

How might you begin to distinguish the differences between food sovereignty, food justice, and food security? What factors might we look for to identify each as a distinct approach? Consider examples from your own experience, where do they fit in? 
In what ways is our food system shaped by racism and oppression? What are some specific practices and ideologies that create and uphold systemic inequalities? As you learn more, what stands out to you as altering, reinforcing, and/or complicating your understanding? 
What is your position in the food system? Where might you hold agency for change?