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2011 Fundraising Letter
with highlights of our work in 2010

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SCN Annual Report 2009

Back 2 Nature project Report

Youth GreenCorps Report

GROWLEX Community Garden Manual

God's Worms

SCN Presentations

School Garden Workshop

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


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Structural Racism in the Food System


Soul Food Junkies | Byron Hurt Explores African American Soul ...

Filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food, a quintessential African American cuisine.

Food Chains  

It's an 11-year-old's take of Omnivore's Dilemma in a film for people to really be able to take it in bite sized pieces and understand it.  Through the eyes of two young girls, Sadie and Safiyah who live in Harlem!
We Are Not Ghosts Detroiters are reinventing the old Motor City as a vibrant new self-sustaining and human-scaled city for a post industrial world.

Structural racism in food  articles:

Food and Racism UCLA Class Curriculum

Growing_Community_Food_Systems_Erika_ Allen


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The Center for Inclusion's framework for understanding modern oppression and the connection between racism and the Food System:

Shining a Light in Dark Places: Raising Up the Work of Southern Women of Color in the Food System

Building The Case For Racial Equity In The Food System

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

Food Justice   

A 2012  report released by the Applied Research Center finds stronger collaboration is needed between movements for “good food” and “good jobs” in order to advance racial and economic equity in the food system

WHY Hunger: Food Security Learning Center

Race and the Food System


Race and Food Systems Work

Anti-racist Practice and the Work of Community Food Organizations
Rachel Slocum, 2006

Cultural Competency in Community Food Work
An educational session at the 2007 Southern SAWG CFS Leadership Training

Difference, power and community food
Rachel Slocum, 2005

Dismantling Racism in Community Food Work
Rachel Slocum, October 2004

Exploring the Role of Latinos in the Western North Carolina Food System
Laura D. Kirby and James Blair, March 2007

The “Food Justice” Movement: Trying To Break the Food Chains,
Mark Winston Griffith, December 2003

The United States' Failing Food System
Kevin Danaher, Shannon Biggs and Jason Mark, October 2007.

Food Deserts

An Oasis in a Food Desert
Veronica Sudekum, 2008

The Persistence of L.A.'s Grocery Gap: The Need for a New Food Policy and Approach to Market Development
Amanda Shaffer, 2002

Food Access in Central and South Los Angeles: Mapping Injustice, Agenda for Action

Filling in Food Deserts

Facing Goliath:Challenging the Impacts of Supermarket Consolidation onour Local Economies, Communities, and Food Security


Bringing a Living Wage to the Farm

Colonizing the Immigrant Dream: The Agri-foods Industry’s Deadly Cycle of Dispossession, Appropriation and Substitution, Eric Holt-Gimenez

Harvest of Injustice: The Oppression of Migrant Workers on Canadian Farms

Racism, Farmworkers, and Family Farmers, Richard Mandelbaum

Racism in the US Farm Program The Plight of Black Farmers Jerry Pennick and Heather Gray

What Federal Statistics Reveal About Migrant Farm Workers

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Student/Farmworker Alliance

Student Action with Farmworkers

Border Agricultural Workers' Project

Other Media
Story Circles

Structural Racism and Our Food: Webinar - March 2008

Reframing the Food System: Focus Group Findings [PPT]

Mending the Hoop [Blog]

The Color of Fear [VIDEO]

Follow Me Home [VIDEO]

Race: The Power of an Illusion, a three-part documentary series

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

Racial Justice Tools

Glossary for Racial Equality

The Applied Research Center

The Catalyst Project

The Center for Assessment and Policy Development “Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building.”

Colours of Resistance


The Highlander Research and Education Center

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

The Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Project South

Raising Change: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference

The Western States Center


Assessing Organizational Racism

Challenging Oppressive Moments

Dismantling Racism Curriculum Resource Book

Diversity Training vs. Dismantling Racism

Good for Business but Insufficient for Social Change

Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies

History and Construction of Race and Racism

Holding Leaders of Color Accountable

Moving Racial Justice: Are you Ready?

Naming and Framing Race and Racism

Picking an Issue


Tools for Change

Structural Racism and Multiracial Coalition Building

Structural Racism and Multiracial Coalition Building

Sharing the Lessons Learned: Six years of Anti-Racism Work

Tribal sovereignty

Living Like Neighbors

500 Nations, Tribes by State

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation

American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Indian Country Today


International Indian Treaty Council

Native Food Resources:



Guides on how to get local sustainable food into institutional food service operations

A Guide to Developing a Sustainable Food Purchasing Policy AASHE and Food Alliance
This guide provides a general overview for institutions of all types  universities, hospitals, municipalities, and others on how to develop, implement and promote a practical sustainable food purchasing policy.

Bringing Local Food to Local Institutions ATTRA National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Focusing on Farm-to-School and Farm-to-Institution programs, this guide runs through the many benefits as well as constraints and challenges of initiating and maintaining such a program. It also discusses topics such as purchasing contracts, government programs, and implementation steps.

Building Local Food Programs On College Campus Community Alliance with Family Farmers.
Tips for Dining Administrators, Family Farmers & Student Advocates. This guide provides tangible guidance on how to conceptualize, structure, and implement food programs that support local family farmers.

A Guide to Serving Local Food on Your Menu Glynwood
A comprehensive step-by-step guide for Chefs and Food Service Professionals on how to integrate local food into their operations. Provides great advice and insider tips (including industry case studies) on how to get it done.

Yale Sustainable Food Project's Purchasing Guidelines

Buy Local Food and Farm Toolkit: A Guide for Student Organizers
This report by Oxfam America offers provides strategies on getting sustainable food into schools and offers resources to help you on your campus.

Farm to School Toolkit for the Northeast
Cornell's Farm-to-School program has put together a toolkit which includes a section on understanding the basics, food service and college dining realities, building relationships, and further resources.

Other Farm to College and Farm to School Resources

The Community Food Security Coalition's National Farm-to-College Program
Look here for a wealth of information on Farm-to-College programs around the country. Make sure to check out the extensive list of links and publications on the topic. Also, the site provides a number of graphs and charts for some concrete numbers.

Food Routes' Farm-to-College Resources for Students
Includes promotional sheets for students interested in starting Farm to College programs at their educational institution. Use them as campaign fliers to get other students, faculty and food service personnel working for your cause. Other tools for food and farming advocates.

Farm to School Resources
Includes publications, news & events, funding opportunities, groups and organizations, and policy/legislation.

Sustainable Food Policy Resources
Includes policy profiles of select universities and companies, reports from programs, and purchasing guides.

Sustainable Food Systems
In response to the growing demand for locally-grown and sustainable foods, Sustainable Food Systems, a unique consulting and technical assistance service, helps organizations and institutions consider and implement social, ecological and delicious modifications to their current food service delivery.

Organic on the Green
This blog is to create a space for students to discuss the initiatives at their colleges and universities to increase the presence of organic/real food. It will be a forum to ask questions, give advice, and share stories.


Check out our 10-step Guide to Launch, Action Ideas, and downloadable posters for events on campus!

All good activism starts with good planning

Sierra Student Coalition Campaign Planning Guide
This super-helpful document will walk you, step by step, through planning a successful campaign on campus. The guide offers questions to help you frame your issue, determine organizational and campaign goals, identify targets and allies, set your strategy and tactics, and more!

Midwest Academy - GROW Strategy Chart
Another, simpler, chart with helpful questions to assist you in planning any initiative on campus.

Framing the issue: how to talk about food and food systems change

Framing: An Introduction for Sustainable Agriculture Advocates
A tool for affirming and expanding people's viewpoint.

Learn more about The Center for Inclusion's highly sophisticated framework for understanding modern oppression and the connection between racism and the Food System. Offers a powerful history lesson on the development and maintenance of the US food system as seen through the lens of race and class. Audio lecture with power point (83mins).

Framing Food as a Public Issue
This interactive slideshow and accompanying talking points explain how Americans' understand food, agriculture, and food systems; it also explores the themes of individual consumerism and collective change. Based on extensive focus group testing and interviews.

More activism, organizing strategies, and tactics

Student/Farmworker Alliance Resources: Organizing to Win
Basic primers for getting started, developing campaign strategy, building effective organizations, doing press work, planning direct actions, and more.

The Student PIRGs Activist Toolkit: A Crash Course in Effective Citizenship
Information on recruitment, leadership development, grassroots organizing, and working with the media.

United Students for Fair Trade Organizing Guide
Advice on: Developing a Non-Hierarchical Structure in your group, Leadership, Recruitment, How to run a meeting, Financing your organization, Media, Food Service Providers, Campaigning, Actions, and More!

Sierra Student Coalition's Activism Toolkit
Focused on environmental and climate change campaigns, this site offers a variety of documents on organizing as well as skills-training power points for student activists and leaders of all types.


Eat Well Guide
An online directory of local and sustainably produced food.

Will help you find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

Farm Finder
List of great resources from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.

ATTRA's Local Food Directory
Listings for local food directories and promotional programs, searchable by state.


RFC's Garden Guide
This comprehensive guide will help you start a garden on your campus. It was written by a student, for students, so be sure to check it out. A huge thank you to Louisa Denison from Harvard for writing this great resource.

The New Farm's Directory of Student Farms
Most guides to colleges don't index schools by farming opportunities, so here's The New Farm's preliminary guide to farms on campus. The list is arranged regionally; each entry includes the name of the farm, year founded, acres in cultivation, primary markets, and web address if available. We've focused here on campus farms that provide substantial, hands-on, small-scale farming experience to undergraduate and graduate students; many also offer programs for children and the general public.


Just add Justice - Oxfam America
A great guide all about why to support Fair Trade and how to support Fair Trade in you home and community. It explains the social and environmental justifications as well as offers information on how to best organize to get Fair Trade products.

Guide to Fair Trade - Coop America
Another colorful and comprehensive guide on the power of Fair Trade and the many products available around the world. Includes producer profiles.

United Students for Fair Trade
Check out this page for great essays on Fair Trade, including theses written by politically savvy Fair Trade student activists. Also download USFT's Organizing Guide for advice on developing a non-hierarchical structure in your group, leadership, recruitment, how to run a meeting, financing your organization, media, food service providers, campaigning, and actions.

Fair Trade Certified
Check this site out for all the basics on Fair Trade in the US, including a brief history, advanced FAQ on growth and change in the Fair Trade movement, as well as information on certification and specific product programs. Brought to you by Transfair, the only third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the US.

Fair Trade Resource Center
An information hub designed to grow the Fair Trade Movement. The site offers a great library of recommended books and films as well as resources for teaching elementary and high school students about Fair Trade.

Fair Trade Labeling Organization (FLO) Standards
Simply put, this site provides information on the international standards that define what "fair trade" officially means.

Catholic Relief Services Downloadable Fair Trade Resources
A list of Fair Trade information including downloadable fliers and other documents on specific products as well as a highly detailed and interactive 8-module curriculum for teaching the core principles behind Fair Trade.


Coalition of Immokalee Workers
The CIW is a community-based worker organization who fights for, among other things: a fair wage, more respect on the part of their bosses and the industries where they work, better and cheaper housing, stronger laws and stronger enforcement against those who would violate workers' rights, the right to organize on the job without fear of retaliation, and an end to indentured servitude in the fields.

Student/Farmworker Alliance
SFA is a national network of students, youth and other community members organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. Check out their site for action ideas, organizing tools, and other information on their campaigns.

Student Action with Farmworkers
SAF brings students and farmworkers together to learn about each other’s lives, share resources and skills, improve conditions for farmworkers, and build diverse coalitions working for social change.

Alliance for Fair Food
The Alliance for Fair Food is a network of human rights, religious, student, labor, and grassroots organizations who work in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).


Ag Observatory
A monitor of U.S. and world agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy.

Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Tons of up-to-date information on the US [Food and] Farm Bill, including farm bill basics, legislative tracking, and action alerts, as well as links and resources for budding electoral activists.

The Trade Observatory
From the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.


VISIONS Inc. is a nonprofit enterprise that provides training and consultation to organizations, communities and individuals seeking to achieve greater effectiveness in a multicultural setting. The Food Project has used their services for program development.

Dismantling Racism
The Dismantling Racism process is designed to help leaders and organizations who want to proactively understand and address racism, both in the organization and in the community where the organization is working.

Growing Food and Justice Initiative
The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI), hosted by Growing Power, Inc. is a new comprehensive network that views dismantling racism as a core principal that brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.

American Psychological Association
The APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, sponsored a three year initiative that sought to enhance the capacity of professional psychology to promote and support community efforts that value diversity. The Valuing Diversity Project's objectives are: to assemble a database of model programs to assist in communities addressing diversity; assist two communities in the adoption and adaptation of model efforts; and disseminate lessons learned.

AntiRacismNet provides both an online resource for the activist community and a portal offering information about anti-racism activities to the general public. As a public portal, AntiRacismNet features news that gives context to information about present-day racism, promotes anti-racism organizations, and highlights actions in the fight against racism.

Applied Research Center
The Applied Research Center is a public policy, educational and research institute whose work emphasizes issues of race and social change.

Aspen Institute Roundtable for Community Change
The Roundtable on Community Change is a forum for people engaged in the field of comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs) to discuss the lessons learned by initiatives across the country and to work on common problems they are facing. CCIs are neighborhood-based efforts seeking to improve outcomes for individuals and families and improvements in neighborhood conditions by working comprehensively. Additionally, CCIs operate on the principle that community building -- that is, strengthening institutional capacity at the neighborhood level, enhancing social capital and personal networks, and developing leadership -- is a necessary aspect of transforming distressed neighborhoods.

Association for the Study and Development of Community
The Association for the Study and Development of Community (ASDC) is a research and development organization for community capacity building and social problem solving. ASDC is a values-based organization. They are committed to promoting and supporting the social justice, health, economic equity, and well being of all people. ASDC pays careful attention to the lessons learned from previous research and practice, and combines them with the experiences of participants. Recognizing the influence of culture on individuals and communities, ASDC considers approaches and methods that build on and respond to cultural traditions and assets.

California Tomorrow
California Tomorrow has built a strong body of research and experience supporting individual, institutional, and community change work around matters of diversity and equity in: public schools, community building organizations, family serving institutions, early childhood programs, private philanthropy, and the after school/youth development arena. Its mission is to create a just and inclusive multiracial, multicultural, and multilingual society by promoting equal access to and participation in major social, economic and educational resources and institutions, and embracing diversity as a great strength.

Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research (CPEPR, pronounced "sea-pepper") is a student-initiated center created at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Education. CPEPR's mission is to promote and support popular education and participatory research in order to strengthen the participation of everyday people -- especially the poor, youth, immigrants, and people of color -- in efforts for social justice.

The Crosspoint is the Net's biggest collection of links in the field of Human Rights, Anti-Racism, Refugees, Women's rights, Anti-fascism, Shoah, as well as links to Jewish organizations, Migrant organizations, and others.

Diversity Central - Diversity Statistics
The website lists statistics from several areas such as: Corporate Boards, Death Row, Entrants to the workforce, Hispanic female executives, and the number and percent of people who need transplants.

The Center for the Study of White American Culture
The Center supports cultural exploration and self-discovery among white Americans. It encourages dialogue among all racial and cultural groups concerning the role of white American culture in the larger American society. They believe the task of building genuine and authentic relationships across racial and cultural lines is crucial to the future wellbeing of America.

Civil Rights Project at Harvard University
Our mission is to help renew the civil rights movement by bridging the worlds of ideas and action, and by becoming a preeminent source of intellectual capital and a forum for building consensus within that movement.

Website pilot site, please see Acknowledgements.

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
GCIR seeks to move the philanthropic field to advance the contributions and address the needs of the world's growing and increasingly diverse immigrant and refugee populations.

IMPACT Silver Spring
Website pilot site, please see Acknowledgements.

Institute for Race and Poverty (IRP)
IRP’s general mission is to seek to create a better understanding of racialized poverty and its implications. IRP pays particular attention to social, fiscal, and growth dynamics and how these impact racialized poverty and are affected by regional policy.

Leadership Conference for Civil Rights
civilrights.org is a collaboration of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. Its mission: to serve as the site of record for relevant and up-to-the minute civil rights news and information.

Maplewood/South Orange Coalition
Website pilot site, please see Acknowledgements.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The Network is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations, and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.

National Organizers Alliance (NOA)
NOA's mission is to advance progressive organizing for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice and to support, challenge, and nurture the people of all ages who do that work.

The mission of PolicyLink is to lift up and advance, from the wisdom, voice, and experience of local constituencies, a new generation of policies that achieve social and economic equity, expand opportunity, and build strong, organized communities. In working to fulfill this mission, PolicyLink is working at the local, regional, state, and national levels to develop and advocate for policies that support community building, including anti-poverty, income enhancement, neighborhood revitalization, and asset/wealth creation strategies.

Project Change
Project Change's mission is to empower communities to reduce racial prejudice and improve race relations, to serve as a national clearinghouse for anti-racism information resources and training, and to further the development of an infrastructure for social justice work.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. The Center's Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and tracks extremist activity throughout the U.S. Tolerance.org offers a wide variety of resources to support anti-bias activism. Its outreach component provides on-site help to concerned individuals and organizations who are working for unity in their communities.

Spring Hill College – Theology Library

Tellin’ Stories
Website pilot site, please see Acknowledgements.

University of Dayton Law School – Vernellia R. Randall, Professor of Law
The website includes stories and information about: Race, Racism and the Law; Race, Health Care and the Law; Gender and the Law; and Legal Education.

University of Maryland – Diversity Database
The University of Maryland's Diversity Database is a comprehensive index of multicultural and diversity resources. Including General Diversity Resources, Institutional Diversity Initiatives, Diversity Reference Resources, and Issue Specific.


VISIONS Inc. is a nonprofit enterprise that provides training and consultation to organizations, communities and individuals seeking to achieve greater effectiveness in a multicultural setting. The Food Project has used their services for program development.

Dismantling Racism
The Dismantling Racism process is designed to help leaders and organizations who want to proactively understand and address racism, both in the organization and in the community where the organization is working.

Growing Food and Justice Initiative
The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI), hosted by Growing Power, Inc. is a new comprehensive network that views dismantling racism as a core principal that brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.


Sustainable Agriculture: Definitions and Terms

Organic Agriculture: A Glossary of Terms for Farmers and Gardeners

Sustainable Table: The Issues
Overview of many issues including workers, irradiation, waste, the environment, animal welfare, etc.

Community Supported Agriculture Information

A New Vocabulary for Sustainable Dining - Sustainable Food Laboratory








Fresh Start Plan  Contributions(Jim Embry) 

Embry Web Articles
Embry Ace Articles
Brattleboro 100year plan

Hip Hop Vegan Group

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

The Great Work

The Great Turning

Farm to School

School gardens

Catherine Ferguson Academy

Catherine Ferguson "O" magazine article

Asenath Andrews

 Grown in Detroit_


Food and Sacred Earth Connections

Religion and Environment

Closing the Food Gap 2008

Profile of Food Policy Councils by State

interactive map of 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