Working toward justice in our food system
Who We Are
Craigardan is honored to be a founding partner of the North Country Food Justice Working Group (FJWG) which was formed in 2017 with Racey Henderson of Essex Farm Institute, Zohar Gitlis of Adirondack Farm-2-School Initiative, and Tatiana Abatemarco of the University of Vermont.
What We Do
The Food Justice Working Group is a new coalition of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, community members, local businesses, farmers and farm workers, and government agencies who have come together to start the conversation about creating a more equitable food system in the North Country. The FJWG seeks to address our region's unique issues of accessibility, inclusivity, nutrition, and justice from field to fork.
What is Food Justice?
Food Justice asks the question "How do we create a fair food system?" The word "food justice" implies that there must be food injustice in our system. We are working together to identify those injustices in the North Country and move toward a stronger and more accessible, inclusive, nutritious and just food system for everyone.
How You can Help
A food system is a network of farms, food suppliers, producers, consumers, restaurants, food hubs, distributers, and more. We're all part of the food system in one way or another. We're looking for partners to help plan and implement educational programming, the annual food justice summit, and actionable tasks throughout the region. Contact us to find out more.
feed back: growing and sharing the abundance
The FJWG held the first regional food summit on March 1st, 2018 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY
An Inspiring Start
The term Food justice simply asks: how do we create a fair food system? We welcomed over 30 speakers, panelists and presenters to help us unpack this seemingly simple question and to get us thinking -and acting- proactively as a region. There were over 160 participants, ready to roll up the sleeves and get to work. The audience included community leaders, elected officials, teachers, organizations, businesses, farmers, and individuals who came together to ask the big questions - What does Food Justice Look like here in our region, now, and in the future? And, how do we create a strong food system together? The Summit was one step in the process. Together we began to identify priority projects, worked to strengthen existing initiatives, and find ways to aid collaboration.
Breakout Session topics included:
Migrant Farmworkers: Food Sovereignty and Justice
How Communities Divert Food Waste to Feed the Food Insecure
Land Access for Young Farmers
Farm Worker Pay and Rights: Can Farming and Food Processing Provide a Sustainable Livelihood?
The Farm Bill as a Tool for Social Change
Growing the Farm to Prison Movement in the North Country
Farm to Institution in the North Country
Fighting Chronic Disease and Food Insecurity with a Local Diet
Farmshare Fund and Workshop
Ending Racism in the Food System
feed back: cultivating action
The second annual regional food summit was held on February 28th, 2019 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY
Food justice is a strong, fair, inclusive, nutritious food system for everyone. The 2018 Food Justice Summit welcomed over 30 speakers, panelists, and presenters. There were over 160 participants, including community leaders, elected officials, teachers, organizations, businesses, farmers, and individuals who came together to ask the big question- What does food justice look like and and how do we create a strong food system together? The Summit began the process of identifying priority projects, working to strengthen existing initiatives, and aiding collaboration.
The 2019 summit built upon last year’s investigation of the North Country’s food system, emphasizing action toward our collective vision of a just and sovereign regional food system. The summit included contributions that instruct advocates, activists, farmers, and consumers on creating long-lasting changes to the food system and reaching out across socioeconomic and cultural differences.
Break out sessions highlighted the work of food justice advocates working locally and from outside the region to:
Teach concrete skills for public, private and cooperative advocacy.
Include actionable elements to create grassroots change.
Address racial and ethnic minorities in the food system.
Explore the role of policy and politics in food justice.
Engage and empower women.
Preference will be given to workshops that train food justice activists.