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National Farm to School Network has a vision of a racially just food system for all, and we work to achieve that vision through farm to school – the ways kids eat, grow, and learn about food in schools and early care and education settings. Two years ago, we embarked on a systems mapping process to sketch out the next chapter of farm to school’s evolution. After receiving input from our network of partners and members, one thing was very clear: Inequities based on race persist, and we will not achieve a racially just food system if we do not dismantle these inequities.
So we’re issuing a call to action for ourselves and for our entire food system: By 2025, 100% of communities will hold power in a racially just food system.
We share this call to action as a pressing need that none of us can reach alone. It’s going to take all of us, and it’s achievable if we each offer our time, talents and resources to make it happen. Read on below to learn more and find ways to join us in taking action towards this goal.
There are many overlapping and intersecting movements and systems that need to activate in order to to move towards this call to action. For us at National Farm to School Network, this means focusing on how farm to school must shift and adapt to support communities in holding power in a racially just food system. Through the systems mapping process, we identified three equity-centered priority areas that will help move us the further distances in the shortest amount of time to meet this call to action:
Relationships: Which relationships – with organizations and individuals in communities – will shift power and achieve a racially just food system?
Strategies: What transformational and outcome-driven strategies will eliminate bias and redistribute power to achieve a racially just food system?
Programs and policy: What program and policies will shift power and achieve a racially just food system?