Community Food Advocates are active and engaged citizens who build community around a regional food system — residents, farmers, foodmakers, food workers, chefs, business owners, non-profits, etc — to address food security, economic empowerment, and resilience on a local level.
Community Food is a broad term that encompasses everything from seed to waste, farmers to farm and food service workers, hunger and nutrition, school food, supermarkets and farmers markets, kitchen and community gardens, conservation, policy, heritage and culture, and much more.
Why Should You Become a Community Food Advocate?
Just 100 years ago, many Americans were one generation removed from farming. Today, we are several generations removed. Many of us have no idea where our food comes from or how it’s grown or processed beyond what we understand from the supermarket. We increasingly make
food buying decisions based on convenience and price instead of health and sustainability. We become impatient and irritated when we can’t get certain types of produce year-round or when inclement weather interferes with availability. We’ve been conditioned to believe that cooking is a burdensome, time consuming, and expensive undertaking. Because of this, our personal health, relationships, and the health of our communities are suffering.
One of the best things about community food advocacy is that it doesn’t take much to get started or keep up. Community food advocacy can be as small as making a commitment to buying tomatoes only when they are in season at your farmers market to as big as leading a campaign for healthy school food in your district. You get to decide how you want to participate based on what you’re most passionate about and what makes the most sense for you economically and ecologically.
What I Do
My area of expertise in community food advocacy is community engagement and farmer-to-eater relationships. I help individuals and community groups create community outreach strategies and consult on community food projects that prioritize working directly with farmers. This could mean training a group on how to effectively communicate their project to their neighbors to get them involved and establishing a community supported agriculture, food buying club, or agritourism.
How to Work With Me
I am available to speak to you and your group as a consultant and facilitator. You can book me for workshops, trainings, and cooking demonstrations. While I am based in Austin, I can to travel to you or have you travel to me, based on availability and resources.
Community Food Education
Learn about seasonal, whole foods cooking, heritage foodways, and how the food system works with a cooking demo, interactive conversation, book reading, or film screening and discussion.
Community Food Primer
This half-day workshop offers an introduction to several community food models that can be launched within one to six months. Participants will learn what all is involved with each and will leave with a plan of action to get their desired project off the ground.
Community Food Camp
Community Food Camp offers participants a hands-on experience in community food building. Depending on the length of the experience, participants may volunteer at a community garden, urban farm, or food pantry, tour community food sites, conduct outreach for and host a community meal, plan a community food project, source and prepare meals together, and meet with organizers, farmers, and food professionals. Participants will receive facilitation and outreach training.
This immersion is available for as little as three days and up to ten days.
Please complete the form below to contact me about these classes, or call me at 512-981-7616