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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Is "Local Food" becoming dangerously intertwined with gentrification?

From: Max Cadji <max@peoplesgrocery.org>

Hello All,

I am writing on behalf of Phat Beets Produce Collective in North Oakland, Ca.  Over the last few years our programs have become dangerously intertwined with prolific gentrification of North Oakland.  

Our gardens and markets were picked up by realtors flipping homes in the neighborhood, and they used them as tools to promote the "Rebirth" and  "Revitilization" of a hip neighborhood by renaming the neighborhood. (see our response to this in our NOBE video).

Next a cooperative we helped create, fixed up a abandon building for a community kitchen to help small low income healthy food businesses incubate then turned into hip, gluten-free fried chicken pop up business Now our programs are being displaced from this space and the business clients are young urban professionals not historic residents of the neighborhood . (see the boogie foodie articlehere about this business and our response here)

Is there any national think tank of urban greening, food justice, and gentrification?  I am sure folks from Brooklyn to Detroit to Oakland are facing the similar issues.  How as a movement do we respond?  How to we collect best practices around gentrification and shared language?

max cadji
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"I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land can never be purged away but with blood."

John Brown's Last Words written on a piece of paper to his executioner
December 2, 1859

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