Building Powerful Food Stories (A Radical Food Geographies Workshop (April 5, 2020) in Denver, Colorado)

Building Powerful Food Stories: Legacies of Extraction, Dispossession, and Resistance

A Radical Food Geographies Workshop
April 5, 2020 in Denver, Colorado
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You’re invited to participate in the “Building Powerful Food Stories: Legacies of Extraction, Dispossession, and Resistance ” workshop on Sunday, April 5, 2020 in Denver Colorado. This all-day workshop will provide a space to share stories about a range of ways communities are impacted by, and organize to counter inequitable food systems, while emphasizing the place-based specificities of their work. We come together with the shared understanding that food can be a tool for deepening conversations about environmental, economic, and social harms, including multiple forms of extraction and dispossession frontline communities face. However, food can also be an entry point for culturally specific forms of resistance and regeneration.

In this spirit, the aim of the workshop is to emphasize the critical role storytelling can play in the process of elevating diverse responses to these conditions, while facilitating space for skills-sharing, networking, and creative practice. The workshop will feature remarks by local community groups and academics, as well as break-out sessions on skills-based and imaginative storytelling strategies. We invite all participants interested in the following themes as they intersect with food systems: settler colonialism, agroecology, and  food sovereignty, social and environmental justice, labor and farmworker’s rights, anti-hunger movements, development and gentrification, resource extraction and conflicts, activism and policy making.

Building Powerful Food Stories
Is open to academics, as well as students and community members.
Will be supported by sliding-scale donations.
Honoraria will be given to community-based speakers, facilitators, and organizers.
Please register here.

Co-Sponsorship & Organizers: This event is co-sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ) at Colorado State University.

GFASG ( is comprised of academics and practitioners invested in research, education, and practice to help build more just and equitable food systems. The mission of the GFASG is to be instrumental in creating networking opportunities for students and faculty who study food and agricultural geographies and those that connect to these themes. They also share ideas, relevant information, and help to stimulate partnerships across a range of communities.

The CEJ ( fosters a space for engaged interdisciplinary scholarship, training and teaching, and community-building around issues of environmental justice. It works to build collaborations among educators, practitioners, and community members committed to challenging environmental inequalities wherever people live, work, and play and advancing socio-economic systems that serve and sustain our planet.

The workshop will precede the AAG’s Annual Meeting in Denver (April 6-10) this year, though AAG affiliation is not needed to attend this workshop. Community-partners who participate in this event are invited to contribute to the organization and facilitation of the day’s activities so that we can best support mission alignment and mutual collaboration.

Benefits of Attending:

  •  Networking with critical food academics and activists who share investments in advancing more just and equitable food systems.
  •  Elevating the important work you are doing in a public setting.
  •  Building capacity through sharing stories of the place-based and historically grounded particularities of your food systems work.
  •  Engaging in skills-based workshops to help facilitate meaningful storytelling through multiple mediums.
  •  Cultivating ways to build from, and mutually support, each other’s work.

After the workshop, GFASG will host an author roundtable celebrating new books in critical food studies:
A Recipe for Gentrification:Food, Power, and Resistance in the City, edited by Alison Hope Alkon, Yuki Kato, and Joshua Sbicca

Indigenous Food Sovereignties in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health, edited by Devon A. Mihesuah and Elizabeth Hoover, Foreword by Winoma LaDuke

The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability, by Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Famine in the Remaking: Food System Change and Mass Starvation in Hawaii, Madagascar, and Cambodia, by Stian Rice

Workshop Report of RADICAL FOOD GEOGRAPHIES(2019)

Workshop report of “Radical Food Geographies: Connecting Knowledges, Cultivating Practices, (re)Imagining Governance” which was held at Festival Center, Washington D.C., April 2, 2019 is now available.

Radical foods organizing collective (X. Brown, R. Furguson, G. Graddy-Lovelace, C. Hammelman, Y. Kato, C. Levoke, K. Reynolds, J. Sbicca, B. Wheeler, A. Straw). Radical Food Geographies: Connecting knowledges, cultivating practice, (re)imagining governance. Washington, D.C., April 2, 2019

Second Circular: RADICAL FOOD GEOGRAPHIES mini-conference

Mini Conference

RADICAL FOOD GEOGRAPHIES: Connecting Knowledges, Cultivating Practices, (re)Imagining Governance (flyer)

April 2, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Festival Center, Washington, D.C. (1640 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009)

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Attendance is limited. RSVP now closed.

Light breakfast and lunch will be served by Zenful Bites, a DC-based holistic, eco-catering service. Donations may be collected at event.

(updated March 29, 2019)

Radical Food Geographies: Connecting Knowledges, Cultivating Practices, (re)Imagining Governance

Mini Conference: Radical Food Geographies: Connecting Knowledges, Cultivating Practices, (re)Imagining Governance

We are pleased to announce a day-long workshop on April 2, 2019 that will engage geographers and community-based food activists in strategizing how academics, policy makers, NGOs, and activists can work collaboratively to advance food justice and food sovereignty.

The workshop will take place in Washington, D.C. surrounding a series of connected conference sessions and panel discussions at the 2019 American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meetings. Together, the aim of these events is to strengthen working relationships between food justice and food sovereignty movements and critical geographers, while providing a forum for practical, grassroots, policy change-oriented work.

The events are organized by a collaborative of scholars, practitioners, and community- based activists in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, and partially supported through a grant from the Institute for Human Geography Inc. and through AAG conference enrichment funds.

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Registration details coming soon. Check this page for updates.