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EJA is committed to promoting food justice and food policy awareness as it relates to income insecurity. EJA members are active in the following activities in the 2011-2012 school year:

 

  • Food Day - a grassroots effort - and a national day of awarenesss - dedicated to:
    • Reducing diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
    • Supporting sustainable farms and limiting subsidies to big agribusiness
    • Expanding access to food and alleviating hunger
    • Protecting the environment and animals by reforming factory farms
    • Promoting health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
    • Supporting fair conditions for food and farm workers.

On October 24, 2011 EJA & ELC hosted a lunchtime speaker and organized a potluck of locally-sourced, sustainable food. Cathy McQueeney of Friends of Family Farmers spoke about the challenges and opportunities that independent farmers face in practicing sustainable and responsible small-scale agriculture - and how they get the delicious food they produce TO YOUR PLATE. 

  • What does it cost to produce safe food in a sustainable way? 
  • What are farmers’ biggest barriers to producing real food that can be accessible to everyone? 
  • Specifically, what are some legal restrictions and hurdles these farmers have to negotiate? 
  • How do these operations fit into our current food system? 
  • What are groups like Friends of Family Farmers doing to advocate for change?

 

  • Legal handbook for independent farmers
    • To provide farmers with sample forms and general instructions for navigating such processes as: acquiring land, forming a business entity, hiring/firing/internships (labor law), zoning, estate planning, food safety, and more.
    • EJA students are working with and on behalf of Friends of Family Farmers for this project.

 

  • Garden building for low-income household
    • EJA students participate in Growing Gardens’ “Dawn of the Bed” challenge, raising financial pledges and then building a garden bed for a low-income household.
    • As a team, EJA students raise $600 or more to cover the cost to build a garden and provide support to one low-income household.
    • Then, in the spring, the volunteer teams build the gardens and send a message to the community that healthy, safe food is something to which EVERYBODY should be entitled.
    • See our photo gallery from 2010 here!

 

Email eja@lclark.edu to get involved!