Developing Cultural Competencies
for Food Systems Work: Lessons
from Detroit
Jeffrey Lewis
Nicodemus Ford
Sharon Lezberg
N...
Community & Regional Food Systems
Project
We promote the development of equitable and sustainable
Community and Regional F...
Supported by the
United States Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
USDA Award 2011-68004-...
Project Components
• Education
– high school: PEOPLE program
– college: internships
– graduate: practicums
• Outreach
– tr...
Food System Framework
Food System Framework
System Environment: Economic, Social, and Biophysical Components
Food System Framework - Values
These values are adopted from “Whole Measures for Community Food Systems” from
the Communit...
Food Systems Framework - Relationships
Detroit
• Largest concentration of
African Americans in the
country.
• The city’s lost nearly
200,000 residents.
• In 1950...
The Detroit Food System
• The capacity for large-scale production is here
with 20 square miles (12,800 acres) of vacant
sp...
CRFS Project in Detroit
• Developing a MOU with the Uprooting Racism
Planting Justice organization.
• Responsible for co-d...
What we are learning through our
work in Detroit
• The process evolves over time. We could have planned for
this – directe...
Allow time for relationships to develop
If you can, spend time observing, listening and
learning through a full cycle of t...
“Use protracted and thoughtful
observation rather than prolonged and
thoughtless action. Observe the site and its
elements...
Understanding a community food system requires
asking questions about what is truly valued: What
kind of community do we w...
On the Threshold of
Partnership and Collaboration
Spending time in the
community . . .
… in a thoughtful and
intentional w...
Food Justice
“How do we elevate this idea of food justice to an idea
that it’s a violation universal human rights? In othe...
Food Sovereignty
Detroit is a rich place full of
cultural and social history.
How are these social
histories – various soc...
Self-Determination
Food Sovereignty includes control over the
resources of production
Web-site: http://www.community-food.org/
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crfsproject
Contact us
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A presentation given by Sharon Lezberg and Nicodemus Ford at the National Urban Extension Conference, 5/2013, titled "Developing Cultural Competencies for Food Systems Work: Lessons from Detroit". We present a food systems framework and discuss working in Detroit.

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Community food systems detroit partnership 5 2013

  1. 1. Developing Cultural Competencies for Food Systems Work: Lessons from Detroit Jeffrey Lewis Nicodemus Ford Sharon Lezberg National Urban Extension Conference, May 2013
  2. 2. Community & Regional Food Systems Project We promote the development of equitable and sustainable Community and Regional Food Systems that provide healthy food for all community members
  3. 3. Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture USDA Award 2011-68004-30044 A collaboration of University of Wisconsin-Madison Growing Power University of Wisconsin-Extension Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Wayne State University and numerous community partners
  4. 4. Project Components • Education – high school: PEOPLE program – college: internships – graduate: practicums • Outreach – training – products – community engagement • Research – CRFS framework – city studies – community-based research • community engagement projects • innovation fund projects • Community Engagement – Coordination of healthy food collaboration – Evaluation of program success – Development of Indicators – Research to support programs • Advocacy – Education about policy initiatives
  5. 5. Food System Framework
  6. 6. Food System Framework System Environment: Economic, Social, and Biophysical Components
  7. 7. Food System Framework - Values These values are adopted from “Whole Measures for Community Food Systems” from the Community Food Security Coalition
  8. 8. Food Systems Framework - Relationships
  9. 9. Detroit • Largest concentration of African Americans in the country. • The city’s lost nearly 200,000 residents. • In 1950, Detroit was the fifth largest city. Since its lost 60 percent of its population. • One in three residents live in poverty.
  10. 10. The Detroit Food System • The capacity for large-scale production is here with 20 square miles (12,800 acres) of vacant space in Detroit. Researchers at MSU have reported that Detroit land has the capacity to fulfill most of the produce needs of Detroit’s population — finding that nearly 76 percent of vegetables and 42 percent of fruits consumed in the city could be supplied from as little as 2,086 acres of land. Detroit Food Policy Council . Detroit Food System Executive Summary, 2012-13
  11. 11. CRFS Project in Detroit • Developing a MOU with the Uprooting Racism Planting Justice organization. • Responsible for co-designing Monitor and Evaluation tools. • Monitoring and Evaluation tools should both build capacity and assist • Essential to continue to learn and understand both the context and meaning
  12. 12. What we are learning through our work in Detroit • The process evolves over time. We could have planned for this – directed it – by being really intentional about the time of observation, listening, and learning. • Honor the wisdom of the community: The knowledge of community residents is deep and wise. Listen to it, learn from it, allow this wisdom to guide action. • Share power and decision-making. Allow the community to define the issues and interpret meaning. Encourage the co- creation of projects and learning • Create opportunities for co-authorship of project outputs and presentations
  13. 13. Allow time for relationships to develop If you can, spend time observing, listening and learning through a full cycle of the community’s life and work.
  14. 14. “Use protracted and thoughtful observation rather than prolonged and thoughtless action. Observe the site and its elements in all seasons. Design for specific sites, clients, and cultures.” Hemenway. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture.
  15. 15. Understanding a community food system requires asking questions about what is truly valued: What kind of community do we want to live and work in? Whole Measures for Community Food Systems Abi-Nader et. al., 2009
  16. 16. On the Threshold of Partnership and Collaboration Spending time in the community . . . … in a thoughtful and intentional way . . . to develop relationships - without an agenda
  17. 17. Food Justice “How do we elevate this idea of food justice to an idea that it’s a violation universal human rights? In other words, how do we connect this struggle in Detroit to the same struggle that is in developing countries around the world? How do we see the movement in Detroit connected to a larger movement?” - Nicodemus Ford
  18. 18. Food Sovereignty Detroit is a rich place full of cultural and social history. How are these social histories – various social and cultural movements – formative and important to the identities, strategies, and vision of Detroiters?
  19. 19. Self-Determination Food Sovereignty includes control over the resources of production
  20. 20. Web-site: http://www.community-food.org/ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crfsproject Contact us Jeffrey Lewis: jeffrey.lewis@ces.uwex.edu Nicodemus Ford: demusford@me.com Sharon Lezberg: slezberg@wisc.edu

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