Topic: Connected Futures - Panel on Building Equity from Farm to Fork
Time: Dec 6, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Description: Join farmers from New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Kareal Amenumey from Tufts Food Rescue, Professor & Farmer Training Manager Kevin Cody, and Nakia Navarro the CEO of Building Audacity for a panel on building equity throughout food systems. The conversation will be surrounding historical and existing injustices within the food system. Topics will include Black land loss in Massachusetts, the difficulty sourcing culturally preferred foods, and Black and Indigenous food geographies.
Seona Ban Ngufor is originally from Cameroon and graduated from the New Entry Farmer Training Program in 2007. Farming since she was a child, learning to farm in New England Seona definitely faced a slew of barriers; however, Seona is now growing tomatoes, eggplants, collard greens, and cabbage. Outside of the growing and planting process itself, Seona participates in the World PEAS Food Hub.
Margaret Gichuki is originally from Kenya and graduated from the New Entry Farmer Training Program in 2016. Margaret found New Entry through a colleague and long-time New Entry farmer that you may be familiar with, Seona Ban Ngufor!<3 Margaret has been living in Lowell for 10 years now with her family. Margaret is preparing to send her daughter off to college this Fall, and with a little more extra free time, she has decided to pick farming back up!
Nakia Navarro, as self-titled, is the Lead Trouble Maker of Building Audacity. Founded with the exclusive purpose to increase youth power, Building Audacity’s mission is to support youth-led change making and provide resources to adults interested in creating inclusive youth-focused learning spaces. Currently, Building Audacity is partnering with New Entry to deliver fresh produce and groceries into the Greater Boston community.
Kareal Amenumey is a fourth-year Tufts University student majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in food systems, nutrition, and the environment; with a second major in Anthropology. They are fascinated by the complexities of the global food system, with specific interests in Black and Indigenous food geographies, cultural studies, agroecology, as well as sustainable food waste management. Through their academic and food systems work, Kareal has nurtured a commitment to (re)building just and equitable food systems through community-based partnership and development, organizing, food media, and storytelling.
Kevin Cody is the Farmer Training Program Manager at New Entry where he develops pathways to generate and sustain new and beginning farmers. With a background in sustainable food systems education, his role at New Entry includes overseeing grants, developing curriculum, building strategic regional partnerships, and providing direct technical assistance to participants and instruction in courses on food systems, crop production, and business planning.
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