A guiding principle in the work of The Abundant Table is that of food justice for all. But what does food have to do with justice? When we peel back the layers of our food systems, we see that all along the way important questions arise—questions that relate directly to the health and integrity of individuals, communities, and the environment. Put simply, food justice attempts to ensure that “the benefits and risks of where, what, and how food is grown and produced, transported and distributed, and accessed and eaten are shared fairly” (Gottlieb and Joshi, Food Justice).
The Abundant Table lives out a commitment to food justice in many ways. We understand that healthy eating is only one dimension of food, and we strive to support our farmers and value their skill and dedication, to care for the land in a sustainable way, and to ensure that our produce is accessible to those of all social and economic backgrounds. For instance, we:
- Cultivate our land using sustainable, organic principles that are beneficial, not harmful to the earth
- Compensate our farm workers with a livable wage and health benefits
- Donate excess harvest to local food banks and faith-based organizations for distribution to the hungry
- Provide fresh vegetables, as well as, nutrition and farm education at local public schools where at least half of the students qualify for federally-assisted food programs, using proceeds from our CSA memberships.
We uphold the principles of food justice because when people practice food justice it leads to a stronger local food system, self-reliant communities, and a healthier environment. Above all, as we grow and learn, we are committed to continuing to ask ourselves the hard questions about food justice, and to fashioning our work to fit our values.
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