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Local Resources and Organizations

Kingsborough Community College urban farm

The Corbin Hill Food Project, which offers a (very reasonably priced) “farm share” that can be picked up at Brooklyn College. The farm share is a subscription for weekly delivery of locally grown fruits, vegetables, legumes, eggs, honey, maple syrup, and dairy. Their farm share is  specifically designed to be flexible and affordable enough to meet the needs of low-income folks—including college students!

Project EATS, an NYC based project that uses art, urban agriculture, and local partnerships to encourage the sustainable production and equitable distribution of essential resources within and between communities, especially those of working-class and low-income people.

NYC Food Cooperatives

Food cooperatives are grocery stores that typically operate for the benefit of the community, the public, and cooperative members, rather than seeking primarily to make a profit. This means they may tend to have lower prices than traditional grocery stores. They operate according to the seven cooperative principles, which include voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, autonomy and independence, and concern for community.

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Bushwick Food Co-op: temporarily closed because of a fire, but planning to reopen at some point. Open to the public.

Flatbush Food Co-op: open to the public. Favors organic and local food.

4th Street Food Co-op (Manhattan): open to the public; students, SNAP recipients, and seniors get a discount. Members get a variable discount based on whether they volunteer at the coop. Everything is organic, and local when possible. Run entirely by volunteers and organized based on horizontalist, democratic principles. (Full disclosure: this is the co-op I belong to and am pretty involved in. I’ll say it’s a really cool place to volunteer and get great inexpensive food and meet awesome people, but don’t take my word for it—check it out yourself!)

Greene Hill Food Co-op: does not appear to be open to the public.

Park Slope Food Co-op: the one you’re probably most familiar with, or have at least heard of. Closed to the public. Managed by a small group of full-time, paid staff with volunteer-members doing the labor. Rumored to have an amazing cheese selection at crazy good prices.

Further Reading

Anthropology of Food journal

Marc Edelman: “How Capitalism Underdeveloped Rural America”

Food Sovereignty and Public Health

Fall 2020 Brooklyn College Student and Faculty Collaborative Research Posters on Food Culture, Nutrition Education, Food Systems and Urban Food Sovereignty

Here’s a list of media, readings, and other resources recommended by Winona LaDuke, one of the speakers from our guest lecture on Food Sovereignty and Public Health earlier this semester. See also, on another tab on this page, information about LaDuke and her work, including several videos of her speaking at other events.

NPR story featuring Winona LaDuke: Ricing Time: Harvesting on the Lakes of White Earth (and see below for versions of the media files below the NPR story that their website no longer plays)

Unplayable media files from NPR Winona LaDuke story

Paul Schultz, Ojibwe tribal elder:

On the Role Elders Play in the Rice Harvest
On Tribal Beliefs and Traditions Surrounding the Rice Harvest
On the Relationship Between Rice and People

Winona LaDuke:

On How Wild Rice Brought Her Parents Together
On Her Father’s Pragmatic View on Philosophy & Corn
On Preserving Native Wild Rice
On the Ancestral Links Between Windmills and Her Family’s Work
On How Generations of Native Americans Continue to Wrestle with the Same Issues

Additional resources and random stuff to check out

A google doc of black-owned farms, gardens, and agricultural organizations

VICE episode: Bananas As We Know Them Are Doomed

On gentrification: see the scandal over a coffee shop’s glorification/joke about gentrification

Know Your Farmer page at 1000ecofarms.com

Ag Data Transparent, an organization aimed at increasing the transparency in data surrounding agricultural production based on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Core Principles for the privacy and security of farm data.

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