“Food Connects Us All”
Everyone needs to eat, and where and how food is grown complicates the idea that there is sharp line between urban and rural. Many urban and suburban dwellers enjoy farm-to-table restaurants, shop at farmers markets or subscribe to community supported agriculture programs that deliver fresh, healthy food, including fruits and vegetables picked at their peak. Such programs give a face to farmers and literally connect urban eaters to rural growers. Then again, in recent years, urban communities themselves have planted gardens inside city lines, confounding the image we might have that farms are rural and cities are concrete jungles. All of this work is set against the backdrop of a food justice movement that works to eradicate food deserts and food insecurity and increase access to healthy food in rural, suburban and urban areas. As Terri’s talk will show, these changes in food production and distribution can redefine and expand people’s ideas about “community” across urban-suburban-rural lines.
Terri is originally from Richmond, California and has a BA in Ethnic Studies, an MPA from CSU Hayward and a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from Auburn University (War Eagle!). Currently she is an associate professor of political science; an affiliate faculty member of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Program and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program; and special assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusivity at Butler University. Her research interests and writings focus primarily around post-Civil Rights era community and economic development as well as empowering pedagogical practices that create inclusive curricular and co-curricular spaces. Currently she is writing a book titled, Farming for Justice: Diversity, Food Access and the USDA, and another book, Talking About Race: James Baldwin and Margaret Mead Then and Now.