Urban Agriculture & Social Justice Activism, 10/5

Wednesday October 5

5:30 – 7:30pm

North Star Fund
520 8th Ave, suite 1800

A wine and cheese reception

Register here by 10/3

Co-sponsored by Philanthropy New York and the Committee for Equitable and Inclusive Philanthropy

Urban agriculture is increasingly considered an important part of creating just and sustainable cities. Yet realizing social and environmental justice requires moving beyond food production to address deeper issues such as structural racism, gender inequity, and economic disparities.

A new book by Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen, Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City, argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change.

Join us for a wine and cheese reception with the authors and their interviewees to learn key take-aways from the research and its implications for philanthropy.

  • Strategies that urban farmers and gardeners in low income communities are using to advance racial and economic justice
  • Specific challenges that social-justice oriented urban agriculture projects face in securing support for their work
  • Opportunities to strengthen urban farm and garden programs focused explicitly on creating equitable food and environmental systems

Designed for: 

Funders of urban agriculture, community development, youth leadership, food systems, racial and social justice, public health, neighborhood revitalization, and hunger.


More about Beyond The Kale

In 2014, CFF hosted a briefing with the authors and some of their interviewees while the book was still in progress. You can watch a video of that briefing online.

Through in-depth interviews and public forums with some of New York City’s most prominent urban agriculture activists and supporters, Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen illustrate how some urban farmers and gardeners not only grow healthy food for their communities but also use their activities and spaces to disrupt the dynamics of power and privilege that perpetuate inequity. Addressing a significant gap in the urban agriculture literature, Beyond the Kale prioritizes the voices of people of color and women-activists and leaders whose strategies have often been underrepresented within the urban agriculture movement-and it examines the roles of scholarship in advancing social justice initiatives. Available for purchase on Amazon.

Kristin Reynolds is a critical food geographer and a lecturer at The New School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Nevin Cohen is an associate professor at the CUNY School of Public Health.

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