Sustainable Communities Network is a  commnity-based  non-profit organization located in Lexington, Ky that endeavors to educate, inspire, build, create and empower sustainable  cities


Lexington KY Community Garden Map and contact info

Donations are welcome

2011 Fundraising Letter
with highlights of our work in 2010
Good Foods Film Series

Soul Food Junkies Lexington & Louisville KY


We encourage you to read our

SCN Annual Report 2009

Back 2 Nature project Report

Youth GreenCorps Report

GROWLEX Community Garden Manual

God's Worms

God's Worms doc

IMMAG Concept Paper

SCN Presentations

School Garden Workshop

Sustainable World Sourcebook

Sustainable Communities Network contributed articles, photographs and quotes for this book.


Join the Bluegrass garden network!

For list of current Community Gardens  in Lexington,





Slow Food Equity, Inclusion and Justice Panel


Slow Food Equity Inclusion and Justice Webinar with Jim Embry + Chanowk Yisrael


Join the upcoming webinar Thursday May 21, 2020.......11 am PT, 2pm ET —


Register here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b2TiSHdeQIKRcvpR-HkbqA


Moderated by Charity Kenyon Webinar panel members include Jim Embry and Chanowk Yisrael.

Slow Food is about good, clean, and fair food for all -- joy + justice. 

Jim Embry and Chanowk Yisrael will share ideas about how the COVID-19 pandemic has made inequities and vulnerabilities of our food and agriculture system obvious to most everybody. And how we as a nation might move or even leap forward to create a more equitable, resilient “new normal” as opposed to getting “back to” the old, fragile normal. This webinar will also highlight the opportunities for Slow Food USA (and other organizations) to transform to be more inclusive, just, and equitable with a vision and plan for the next 30 years.


With about 45 minutes of moderated conversation, there will be about 15 minutes for questions -- type them in the chat box. 


Depending on interest this webinar could evolve into a more extended set of conversations. We want to know: did this conversation help you to think differently about the challenge? Did we help open a path toward meaningful action? Who would you like to hear from to further develop these ideas, opportunities, and vision?


  • Charity Kenyon

Charity is a former Slow Food Governor, representing the Central Valley of California, and Co-chair of Slow Food’s Equity, Inclusion and Justice Working Group. She is also an advocate for equitable food and agriculture, serving on Slow Food USA’s policy committee. Charity and her husband, Mike, live on the Central Coast of California and manage the local school garden, providing vegetables for the school lunch program.

  • Chanowk Yisrael

Chanowk Yisrael was born and raised in the South Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento, California which is termed a “food desert” according to the UDA. His parents are both cancer survivors and those events prompted Chanowk to break the cycle of poor eating habits that plague his community and transition himself and his family to a plant-based diet.  Determined to put healthy food on the family table, in 2008 during the great recession, Chanowk decided that the best way to do this was to start growing his own food.  In 2011, Chanowk traded in his corporate frequent flyer miles for seeds and soil and together with his wife Judith started The Yisrael Family Urban Farm whose mission is to #transformthehood4good using urban agriculture to engage, employ and empower their community.

·         Jim Embry

Jim is the Slow Food Governor for Kentucky, Co-chair of Slow Food’s Equity, Inclusion and Justice Working Group and was the primary author of the Slow EIJ Manifesto. In KY he serves as director of Sustainable Communities Network that works to educate and empower sustainable cities. 6 years ago he moved to a thirty-acre family farm where he is creating an organic environmental education center and growing lots of food. Jim has been a participant in most all the social movements of the past 60 years with a focus on food, agricultural and environmental justice. Jim has organized over 60 community gardens, was a co-writer for the Sustainable World Sourcebook, helped organize food justice conferences at the local and national levels and is working on his first book, Black and Green, a memoir of his food justice work.

·         Terra Madre 2012_Interview, Embry Bio, NAAEE Award,

·         Embry Family Farm ,

·         Student-activism-then-and-now


Join Slow Food, the global grassroots network advocating for good, clean, and fair food for all. 
A food system that is not equitable, inclusive, and just is not, by definition, sustainable.



First African Jazz Concert

First African Church History

Jim Embry Interview salone 2012

Jim Embry Interview Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto 2012

George W. Carver compliation

Shawnee Planning

NKU Sustainability

Embry 5th District Newsletter

Embry Key News Food Summit

 Embry WE-are-all-artists

Embry Publlic Republic


bry Speech at Immigrant Rights Rally

Embry Talk at Somerset Community College Terra Madre

Fresh Start Plan  Contributions(Jim Embry) 

Embry Web Articles
Embry Ace Articles
Brattleboro 100year plan

Hip Hop Vegan Group

Jim Embry Terra Madre Links

Sam Levin 2008 Terra Madre

ACE Weekly download articles

Gardens of Eatin

Shovel Ready

Lexington Gardens Grow

Dig It: Gardens Root

HOBY Eco-Art 2009
HOBY Eco-Art 2008

Model of the Year
Closing the Food Gap

Greening of Bryan Station High School

Growing Food & Justice conference

Community Garden Tour Report

Gardening with Class

Bluegrass Food Security Summit 2010
Growing Food and Justice

Soul Food Junkies

The Great Work

The Great Turning

Farm to School

School gardens

Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program/GreenHouse17

Family Care Center

Catherine Ferguson Academy

Catherine Ferguson "O" magazine article

Asenath Andrews

 Grown in Detroit

Greening of Detroit
Adamah: MetroTimes The Greening of Detroit

Food and Sacred Earth Connections

Religion and Environment

Closing the Food Gap 2008

Profile of State Food Policy Councils by State

Interactive Map of State Food Policy Councils

 Climate Change  portal information

Climate Change Books

African Americans Climate Change:Unequal Burden_REPORT

African Americans Climate Change Ex Summary

African Americans Climate Change Bullard Bibliography

Slow Food Newsletter