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Whirlwind tour of powerful farmers and food activists of color in #NY from @sweetfreedomfarmny @soulfirefarm to the #onondaga nation to the raw beautiful power in Ithaca, new fam', old fam' and @rafa_flocka farming his goats! So much ❤️ so much energy, so proud of my people. #freedomfoodalliance #thecoloroffood

So happy to see this event at #berkeleyfoodinstitute with our favorite #kitchenkwento #bryantterry and Dr. Gail Myers.

Decolonizing Foodways

This event is sold out! To get on the waitlist, email The Food, Identity and Representation Working Group at UC Berkeley and University of the Pacific Food Studies program invite you to participate in an evening of critical thinking and tasting at the Decolonizing Foodways Symposium. Understanding food as a site for de/colonial struggles and strategies in the ways it is produced, consumed, circulated, prepared, and represented within a transnational advanced capitalist economy, this interactive workshop grapples with what it means to liberate our diets from colonial relationships of production and consumption both in theory and in practice. Building off the work of scholar/activists Luz Calvo and Catriona Esquibel, authors of “Decolonize Your Diet: A Manifesto,” we explore and continue to question what the process of decolonizing foodways means. We ask, for example: How do we increase the vitality of oppressed and indigenous peoples, maintain the integrity of our ancestral traditions, and embrace food and ways of cooking/eating that resist subjugation and instead nourish our palates, bodies, and lives? How do we make sense of the different realities of lived food experiences across time and space, taking into account the influences of power and privilege? How might we think through the intersections of diaspora, colonialism, assimilation, generational differences, and food gentrification/cultural appropriation? Utilizing an intersectional, audience-participatory, and multi-sensory approach, this symposium will include a panel of activists and scholars and a freshly-prepared meal by local chefs that cooks up decolonizing possibilities. Program: 4:10pm – Introduction Food, Identity and Representation Working Group members 4:15pm – Decolonizing Foodways Panel Panelists: Moderator: Catriona Rueda Esquibel, Associate Professor, Race and Resistance Studies, San Francisco State University Gail Myers, Founder, Farms to Grow, Inc. and Freedom Farmers Market Ron Reed, Co-Founder, Karuk-UC Berkeley Collaborative; Cultural Biologist, Karuk Tribe Lok Siu, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley Dawn Weleski, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Conflict Kitchen, Pittsburgh 5:15pm – A Sensory Experience in Three Courses Each chef will introduce their course and its relation to the topic of decolonizing foodways, and participants will discuss a set framing questions with each course. Chefs: Saqib Keval, Founder, People’s Kitchen, Oakland Aileen Suzara, Chef and Food and Agriculture Editor, Hyphen Magazine Bryant Terry, Chef, Educator, and Author 6:15pm – Closing Report back from actionables/take away experiences 7 – 7:30pm – Holding space for lingering discussion and networking, and book signing More information at:

October 01, 2015 - October 02, 2015

The COLOR of FOOD shared The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick's post.

Join me right in my own neighborhood for a book reading on September 9th at Curious Iguana in downtown Frederick! #curiousiguana

Author Talk and Signing with Natasha Bowens

Meet Natasha Bowens—farmer, photographer, and author of The Color of Food, a stunning collection of portraits and stories that sheds light on the seemingly forgotten agricultural history of people of color. Natasha’s quest to explore her own roots in the soil led her to unearth a larger story, weaving together culture, resilience, and the critical issues that lie at the intersection of race and farming. While honoring a tradition far richer than slavery and migrant labor, The Color of Food teaches us that the food and farm movement is about more than buying local and protecting our soil. It is about preserving community, digging deeply into the places we've overlooked, and celebrating those who have come before us. Blending storytelling, photography, oral history, and unique insight, the book reminds us that true food sovereignty means a place at the table for everyone. Free event; no registration required. Books available for purchase and signing. Contact Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500, for more information.

September 09, 2015 - September 10, 2015

#baltimore my ❤️ is full. Truly an honor to sit w/ your incredible #blackfarmers #blackchurches #femalefarmers. TY @5seedsfarm @naturaleya #blackdirtfarm @blackchurchFSN @basebaltimore @redemmas

So very excited to see all these #blackfarmers and #pocfarmers in the room @redemmas with @basebaltimore #blackdirtfarm @fiveseedsfarm @naturaleya @realfoodfarm

Looking forward to a book reading closer to home next week at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse in Baltimore, storytelling with local #blackfarmers like Blaine and Aleya of Black Dirt Farm and discussing #foodsovereignty in communities of color w/ BASE: Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies. Come out if you're in the area!

Got to do a #thecoloroffood book reading in a Black church in Louisville with @newrootsky. #preachin #suchanhonor #ShawneePresbytarian

My new friend Sharad! Fellow storyteller with #GrassrootsComics, giving the tool of comic writing to communities across India to share their stories #awesome #CDS15 #themorrisbookshop

Gearing up for travel, keynotes and book presentations this week at the Community Development Society Conference in Kentucky followed by #Bookstock 2015 in Vermont!