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Food Justice in your Community

Comparing food justice issues in communities like Santa Cruz, Watsonville and West Oakland. How urban garden and community gardens are sprouting in Watsonville and West Oakland to tackle the issues of food scarcity.
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Victoria Pozos

on 18 July 2013

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Food Justice in your Community Food Justice What is food Justice? Food Justice is access to affordable healthy food that is good for yourself, the farmers and the environment. The Problem: The problem we are facing now is that people have no access to healthy affordable food. Food scarcity is increasing in lower-income families. West Oakland vs. Santa Cruz City Santa Cruz City:
Has organic and full-service grocery stores and three (3) major farmer markets.
They also have fourteen (14) liquor stores. West Oakland:
Has no organic or full-service grocery stores and no farmer markets.
They also have more than twenty (20) liquor stores just in West Oakland. West Oakland Watsonville Santa Cruz City City Slicker Farms "OUR MISSION
The mission of City Slicker Farms is to empower West Oakland community members to meet the immediate and basic need for healthy organic food for themselves and their families by creating high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens.

Our programs are an immediate solution to West Oakland’s lack of real choice for fresh, affordable, healthy food. Our programs also have a long-term sustainable impact, changing underutilized urban landscapes into ones that provide healthy, affordable food and improve the environment for generations to come." "FOOD, WHAT?! is a youth empowerment and food justice program using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for growing strong, healthy, and inspired teens. We partner with low-income and at-risk youth to grow, cook, eat, and distribute healthy, sustainably raised food and address food justice issues in our community.

Youth from Watsonville to Santa Cruz join the FoodWhat Crew through Spring Internships, Summer Jobs, Fall Business Management positions, and leading big community events on the farm. We create a safe space where youth engage in leadership development, personal growth, and job training. At FoodWhat, we inspire personal transformation by supporting teens in finding their voices and developing lasting confidence in themselves.
Food, What?! is a project of Life Lab. " "The Rooted In Community National Network (RIC) is a national grassroots network that empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities. We are a diverse movement of youth and adults working together and committed to fostering healthy communities and food justice through urban and rural agriculture, community gardening, food security, and related environmental justice work." Youth Food Bill of Rights Maya Salsedo http://www.youthfoodbillofrights.com/index.html My solution is to combine all these organizations and create one united organization to tackle food justice issues.
The plan is to build community gardens in lower-income communities that are in need of affordable healthy food. The community together will work in the "farm" to plant, transplanting, weeding, watering, etc. Each family depending on number of family members will have to work in the garden for a minimum of five (5) hours a week in order to receive a bag or box depending on the harvest of fresh locally grown vegetables, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The "farm" will be supported financially through Grants and Donations from the community.
There will also be a youth program that will help the youth in the community. The program after school will keep the youth out of the streets and give them skills to succeed in life. The youth are in charge of the "farm" and making sure it runs smoothly, basically managment, but there will be at least two adults supervising. The youth program would be based off Food What?! the youth empowerment program based on the UCSC Farm. By: Victoria Pozos "Today City Slicker Farms consists of seven Community Market Farms (spaces open to the public), over 100 Backyard Gardens, a weekly Farm Stand, a greenhouse, and Urban Farming Education programs." Youth Food Bill of Rights We have the right to culturally affirming food.
We have the right to sustainable food.
We have the right to nutritional education.
We have the right to healthy food at school.
We have the right to genetic diversity and GMO-free food.
We have the right to poison-free food.
We have the right to beverages and foods that don't harm us.
We have the right to local food.We have the right to fair food.
We have the right to good food subsidies.
We have the right to organic food and organic farmers.
We have the right to cultivate unused land.
We have the right to save our seed.We have the right to an ozone layer.
We have the right to support our farmers through direct market transactions.
We have the right to convenient food that is healthy.
We have the right to leadership education.
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