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Local Resources and Organizations
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.
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:
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
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.