· Monica White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison
· Kristin Reynolds, Lecturer, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
· Onika Abraham, Director, Farm School NYC, New York City
· Jamilah Rasheed, Field of Greens Community Garden, New Haven, CT; Co-Chair, New Haven Food Policy Council Urban Agriculture Working Group
Urban Agriculture is often understood as a way to increase food and environmental justice by providing fresh and healthy food, educational opportunities, and green spaces in cities. Many urban farm and garden projects are led by farmers and gardeners of color working in the communities in which they live, and of which they have deep understandings of the social justice issues that they seek to address. Meanwhile, a number of scholars interested in advancing the social justice aspects of producing food in cities are using the tools of scientific research to support these initiatives and wider social movements for food and environmental justice.
This panel will bring together community-based and academic perspectives to explore recent urban agriculture research and activism focused on social justice in Detroit, New York City, New Haven, and nationally. Dr. White will draw from her book Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (under contract with UNC Press) and Dr. Reynolds will draw from her book Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice