The Accokeek Foundation Holds Food Justice Series
Artwork created by sixth-grade students from Capital City Public Charter School.
As the world finds itself facing widespread environmental degradation and ever-increasing human health concerns, the new food movement has taken hold. This shift in thought and action–which some have called a revolution–advocates sustainable agricultural and environmental practices that preserve the well-being of both land and people. As this movement works to transform our methods of food production and distribution, it has become ever more important for us to understand what makes a food system fair and just.
The Accokeek Foundation Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship, in partnership with the Rural Coalition and National Immigrant Farming Initiative, presents a series of four events that will spotlight the issues that affect food justice on a local and global scale.
From the challenges to increasing food access in urban areas like Baltimore and Washington, DC, to the threat that genetically-modified foods can pose to our environment and our health, this Food Justice Series brings together farmers, policymakers, and advocates to cultivate insight and conversation about the pressing matters of food justice that each of them witnesses firsthand.
In our efforts to further community engagement, the Accokeek Foundation has partnered with Capital City Public Charter School, whose sixth-grade class has created several pieces of agriculture-inspired artwork as part of a lesson on the industrialization of food. The Foundation will exhibit this artwork at the Food Justice Series to make clear the relationship that all generations have with food and with farming and to inspire those in attendance to consider their connections to the agriculture in this region and the food on their plates.Each of these events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Langston Room of the flagship location of Busboys and Poets (14th and V St. NW). This progressive community gathering place reaches a diverse audience of artists, activists, thinkers, and dreamers. The events are free and open to all, but donations are welcome.