In Vallejo, 2013 just might be considered the 'Year of Just Food'. That's because the momentum to create a variety of local and sustainable food policies and the infrastructure to support these efforts is really gaining steam. The interest in creating community gardens hasn't been higher, many Vallejoans tend backyard gardens, local coops are being created and a cursory look at the proposals now being vetted in Vallejo's historic Participatory Budgeting project reflects the community's strong interest in supporting this movement.
Preliminary discussion is now underway for a potential second annual 2013 Just Food event. The first, held in the fall of 2012, brought local advocates in the Vallejo together to discuss the merits and challenges of building a movement to support local sourcing of nutritious food. If you would like to connect with other residents and continue this conversation, or you are new to the concept and want to hear more, attending this planning meeting is a great introduction and good opportunity to help shape this year's event.
The planning discussion meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30PM at the Mare Island Conference Center, 375 G Street (first building on your left as you cross the Tennessee Street bridge coming from the "mainland" to Mare Island.).
Our featured video: Excerpt from the 2012 Just Food event
While the key speakers at the 2012 Just Food event were first rate, it was the Q/A session, following their talks, that provided some of the best 'food for thought'. In this posting's featured video, you will hear the panelists (Loma Vista farmer Rita LeRoy, Oakland Food Policy Council coordinator Esperanza Pallana and Touro University assistant professor Lucy Thairu) respond to a concern voiced by a member of the audience, that many people were not embracing the concept of nutritious and locally-sourced food fast enough to effectively grow a sustainable food movement.