Food Justice Fair in New York State – Natasha Bowens

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming

2015 Food Justice Fair in Ithaca, New York will examine “The Color of Food”

Keynote speaker Natashs Bowens explains how – and why – farmers of color are leading the Good Food Movement

Groundswell is pleased to be a cosponsor of the Food Justice Fair in Ithaca, which is organized each year by GreenStar Community Projects.  This year the Fair will be held from 1-4 PM on Sunday September 20, in conjunction with the Streets Alive celebration in Ithaca’s southside neighborhood.

We are especially excited to bring author Natasha Bowens to Ithaca to give the keynote address on “The Color of Food: How Farmers of Color are Leading the Good Food Movement.” Bowens’ book The Color of Food, recently published by New Society Press, grew out of her own experience as a beginning farmer of color.

After discovering how isolated she felt as a farmer of color in upstate New York, Bowens launched a multimedia project in 2010 to share the stories of farmers and food sovereignty activists in communities of color.  Her goal was to amplify, preserve and celebrate the stories of Black, Latino, Indigenous and Asian farmers and food activists working to revolutionize the food system in their communities.

Bowens will share stories, images and insights from her work, and will challenge us all to “dig deeper” to address the root causes of food insecurity and exclusivity in our local food movement. In addition to her keynote address at 2PM, Bowens will participate in a community dinner and conversation on Sunday evening, hosted by GreenStar Community Projects.

Food Justice Fair sponsors to date:

  • Greenstar Community Projects
  • Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
  • Food Dignity Project
  • Center for Transformative Action
  • Cornell Department of Development Sociology
  • Ithaca College Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education
  • Rainbow Healing Center, Inc.
  • CCETC Whole Communities Project
  • Cayuga Center for Healthy Living
  • Durland Alternatives Library

The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is project of the not-for-profit Center for Transformative Action. Support for Groundswell comes from individuals and businesses who believe in the importance of a strong local food system, and from the Park Foundation and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program under grant #11674923. For more information visit

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