Food Justice and Community: An Evening with Karen Washington

Wed. March 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Buford Middle School—Auditorium

1000 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hosted by: Charlottesville Food Justice Network, Local Food Hub, and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture


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Join urban farmer and food justice activist Karen Washington (Letters to a Young Farmer) for a community conversation and story telling about food, farming, identity, and equity.

Why should you attend?

  • Karen Washington has lived in New York City all her life, and has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access to fresh, locally grown food.
  • Since 1985 Karen has been a community activist, striving to make New York City a better place to live. She has spoken out for garden protection and preservation; helped launched a City Farms Market, bringing garden fresh vegetables to her neighbors; and leads workshops on food growing and food justice for community gardeners all over the city.
  • She also co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings.
  • In 2012 Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country, and in 2014 she was awarded with the James Beard Leadership Award.

“To grow your own food gives you power and dignity. You know exactly what you’re eating because you grew it. It’s good, it’s nourishing and you did this for yourself, your family and your community.”—Karen Washington