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Food justice series continues Dec. 12 & 19

Food Justice class logoA dozen or so community members have come out for the first two sessions of OKT’s food justice series, The Food Justice Movement: Moving Forward. The group, which includes OKT constituents, people from the Grand Rapids Food Co-op Initiative, Access of West Michigan and Calvin College has enjoyed great conversations. We are excited to see these folks delving into the issues of food justice and looking for ways to incorporate it into their work and lives.

Please join us for weeks three and four of this free series, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday Dec. 12 and 19  at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St. SE 49507. The first two sessions covered food justice definitions and how the current food system came to be. Session three will address, Why food justice is about overcoming racism, sexism consumerism and other “-isms.” Session four’s dialogue will encompass What the Food Justice Movement is doing to create a better world and defining our part in it, here in Grand Rapids.

Reading material for the class will include the book Our Food, Our Right and the OKT Food Justice Series. You can view the PowerPoints and handouts from sessions one and two on OKT’s website. Please email OKTable1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming!

Food Justice class meets Saturday

tomato justicePlease join OKT for week 2 of its free, four-session class series that explores what is food justice is, why we need it and what we can do in Grand Rapids to make it happen. The class, “The Food Justice Movement: Moving Forward,” will meet 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 21,  Dec. 12 and Dec. 19  at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St. SE 49507.

OKT staff member, Stelle Slootmaker, is facilitating this dialogue that covers:

  1. Defining food justice and food sovereignty–what does it all mean?
  2. How the current food system came to be and the injustices it promotes (food apartheid, exploitation of workers and animals, environmental destruction, nutrient-poor foods, et al.)
  3. Why food justice is about overcoming racism, sexism consumerism and
    other “-isms.”
  4. What the Food Justice Movement is doing to create a better world and defining our part in it, here in Grand Rapids.

Reading material for the class will include the book Our Food, Our Right and the OKT Food Justice Series.

  • You can view the PowerPoint from class 1 here:

1 The Food Justice Movement Moving Forward

Please email OKTable1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming!

Food Justice class starts Saturday

Logo OKT 2-14What, exactly, is food justice?

For a complete answer, join OKT for its free, four-session class series that explores what is food justice is, why we need it and what we can do in Grand Rapids to make it happen. The class, “The Food Justice Movement: Moving Forward,” meets 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 14, Nov. 21,  Dec. 12 and Dec. 19  at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St. SE 49507.

OKT staff member, Stelle Slootmaker, is facilitating this dialogue that covers:

  • Defining food justice and food sovereignty–what does it all mean?
  • How the current food system came to be and the injustices it promotes (food apartheid, exploitation of workers and animals, environmental destruction, nutrient-poor foods, et al.)
  • Why food justice is about overcoming racism, sexism consumerism and
    other “-isms.”
  • What the Food Justice Movement is doing to create a better world and defining our part in it, here in Grand Rapids.

Reading material for the class will include the book Our Food, Our Right and the OKT Food Justice Series. Stelle’s experience includes eight years teaching a nutrition-based childbirth method, 20 years writing about nutrition and alternative health, four years as an adjunct faculty member at Aquinas College and 10 years actively working for social justice, including seven years with OKT.

The Food Justice Movement: Moving Forward

Food Justice class logoPlease join OKT for this updated 4-session class series to explore what is food justice is, why we need it and what we can do in Grand Rapids to make it happen. Saturdays Nov. 14 & 21, Dec. 12 & 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Garfield Park Lodge, 334 Burton St. SE 49507. Please sign up by emailing OKTable1@gmail.com to help us plan materials accordingly.

OKT staff member, Stelle Slootmaker, is facilitating this dialogue that covers:

  • Defining food justice and food sovereignty–what does it all mean?
  • How the current food system came to be and the injustices it promotes (food apartheid, exploitation of workers and animals, environmental destruction, nutrient-poor foods, et al.)
  • Why food justice is about overcoming racism, sexism consumerism and
    other “-isms.”
  • What the Food Justice Movement is doing to create a better world and defining our part in it, here in Grand Rapids.

Reading material for the class will include the book Our Food, Our Right and the OKT Food Justice Series. Stelle’s experience includes eight years teaching a nutrition-based childbirth method, 20 years writing about nutrition and alternative health and 10 years actively working for social justice, including seven years with OKT.

OKT offering free Food Justice Primer Monday evening, June 15

foodjusticeFood Justice Primer

Monday June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Garfield Park Lodge

334 Burton St. SE 49507

For the better part of a decade, people in West Michigan have been excited about and explored the importance of eating local and eating organic. The idea of eating healthier foods in many ways has become mainstream. However, for people experiencing income challenges or living in neighborhoods of color, access to these healthier foods is not a reality. A true food apartheid exists in our community—and that’s where the work of food justice begins.

If you want to know more about that work—or become involved in it yourself—please join us for this brief introduction to food justice. OKT team member, Stelle  Slootmaker, will facilitate an informal dialogue on the principles of food justice with group input on how we can practice it locally.