I’m sitting in the student lounge of North Caroline State University in Raleigh, NC, reflecting on the conference proceedings so far. This is a conference on the “Politics of Food”, which of course, mean very different things to different people.
There are the animal activists, farm labourer rights people, farmers, climate change activists, and faith groups. Also, considering the political turmoil in the US, conference delegates seem to have an even greater passion for making things right.
The last session I attended was about “kitchen table revolutionaries”. The specific kernel that I am taking away with me is the knowledge of a successful workplace CSA project that took place here in Raleigh. A larger employer was contacted about hosting a CSA drop-off/market at the workplace and agreed. Several farms were involved in the project and after five years, the program is still going strong.
This is something that could be done anywhere – places of employment, churches, schools etc. The manual from this project is on line at www.cefs.ncsu.edu/rticsa.htm
What a great way to link local farmers to your workplace!