We don’t know about you, but we’ve been feeling all the feels as 2017 unfolds. Some of that takes the form of anxiety, frustration, and fear. But there’s also a tremendous amount of energy and desire to connect with one another and make meaningful change.
We at Real Food Media know that one of the best ways to feel better is through community—especially over a shared meal in good company. But to turn our collective energy into a force for positive change, we need to go one step further… we need to organize.
From backyard gardens to town halls across the country and beyond, one thing is certain: nothing is more powerful than people coming together to create the kind of world they want to see. To those of you out there making meaningful connections and taking concrete steps to change the systems that cause far too much suffering, we see you. If you’re feeling a new urgency to come together to protect your communities and create resilient food systems from the ground up, we’re with you.
We’re working on a set of toolkits to do just that.
At Real Food Media, we believe that, too. And when it comes to food, we believe books are central to help us understand what’s broken in our food system and how to fix it. We also believe that coming together to read books – debate them, question them, discuss them and celebrate them – is a fabulous way to build community and learn about our food system at the same time.
Click the image below to learn more about this month’s book, our upcoming lineup, podcast interviews with authors, recipes to pair with each month’s selection and more. Join the #realfoodreads community from your living room or gather your friends for a regular monthly meetup.
Christina Bronsing-Lazalde is a seasoned organizer, researcher and designer who has worked on a range of food and justice issues including climate change and sustainability, land and water rights, global movements for food sovereignty, labor in the food chain and corporate control of the food system. Christina leads the strategic communications and content creation behind our work, developing tools for action and organizing to change the narrative around food with local to international reach. Christina brings communications strategy, graphic and web design and training and facilitation skills to the team, while managing the core collaborations at the base of our work. Christina is based in Chicago.
Tiffani Patton is an advocate for just food systems. A recent Net Impact Racial Equity Fellow, she is particularly activated by the nexus of justice, food, and race. She holds a B.A. in Economics and is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Public Administration in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School. Tiffani is the Events and Administration Coordinator at Real Food Media where she focuses on internal operations and Real Food Reads, Real Food Media’s monthly book club and podcast.
Tanya Kerssen is a food systems researcher, educator, and activist. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Over the last decade, she has been on staff at the Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First and GRAIN. She has developed curricula for community-based food system courses through Village Earth and Marylhurst University and has also designed and led dozens of educational, solidarity, and human rights delegations focused on food and agriculture on five continents. She is the author of Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras as well as numerous articles in the popular and academic press. Originally from Montreal, she is currently based in the Twin Cities, where she supports program strategy and political education at Real Food Media.
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