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Susan and I had such an amazing time presenting at (and attending) the Multnomah County Food Justice Summit earlier this month on October 18th.
We were incredibly flattered by the many folks who attended our session including: students from RAHS-East, Shannon Stember with PPS Nutrition Services, Robin Mack from PPS Equity Services, Abby Herrea & Arielle Clark from The Portland Kitchen, Steve Cohen, Kyle Curtis with Food Day Oregon, Sidney from Skyberry Farm, Brian Detman with Multnomah County, and so many other inspiring colleagues in this food justice movement.
Our hope was that through our session, attendees would experience some of The Curriculum of Cuisine and MHS Agriculture Program magic—so we started with that! Susan had half the room breaking up green bean seeds and working in small groups to label the basic seed parts. I had the other half of the room working on sentence fluency and sensory details. After tasting various foods (a secret at each table,) writers shared their descriptions and the rest of the participants guessed at what that table tasted. Good times!
Susan and I were thrilled that as our respective presentations concluded a conversation unfolded. Q & A is great, but both Susan and I feel that in terms of food and garden education, everyone has insight to offer. Moreover, the work needing done is on such a massive scale, that unless we effort collaboratively and collectively, we will miss serving our youth as effectively as possible. We thank our attendees for sharing their good ideas, grave concerns about the lack of food and garden education in schools, and heart-buoying votes of support for our work—both collectively and individually.
Lastly, the words of keynote LaDonna Redmond continue resonating. Ms. Redmond reminded the Summit audience not to, “Attach privilege to good food..too stop wishing for cheap food.” Susan and I are pretty sure that Ms. Redmond would concur that this also means not attaching privilege to food and garden education, and understanding that education is the vehicle by which we can learn about the real costs of cheap food, and therein begin growing just food system change.
My thinking is re-inspired by the Summit. My edginess a little less worried about being “too bold” after listening to LaDonna, and my heart wide open with gratitude for the good, good work of all of those with whom I had the fortune of sharing the day.
If you are interested, here is link to the Summit Summary from the county.