Oakland is a hotbed of activity for food justice organizations. It is truly inspiring. I am so glad that the Community Food Conference is here and I took the opportunity to take a closer peek at a few of them.
The Food Sovereignty Tours “Oakland Food Justice: Building Community, Growing Our Movement” took 40-some attendees on the road to:
“…explore the dynamic food justice movement that has emerged in Oakland’s “food desert” communities: neighborhoods where healthy food is scarce, unemployment is high and poverty is criminalized. Meet with both new and established players in Oakland’s growing food movement—from the now-famous People’s Grocery to the young Phat Beets Produce – and learn how a community is coming together to take back its food system.”
Organizations that we visited included:
- Phat Beets Produce
- People’s Grocery at the California Hotel
- City Slicker Farms
- Planting Justice
- Mandala Cooperative
Like yesterday, I have a lot of pictures to share, so meander through them, but I would love it if you would pop over and see what innovative and unique ways the organizations I visited are doing to dismantle food injustice!In West Oakland, there are 53 liquor stores and, until Mandela Marketplace opened, no grocery stores. 14 fast food restaurants. No grocery stores. Many of the areas residents don’t have adequate transportation so must depend on corner stores for their food needs.
Power to the People – Occupy!