ABOUT US

About the Providence Foodshed Justice Mapping Project

What does it mean to map a food system? And is there a landscape of food justice? Moreover, how can Providence citizens foster a more ecologically, socially, and economically resilient food system, in the face of societal trends that encourage homogenization over diversity; industrialization over environmental health; and concentrated profits over equity? In 2010, the incipient Providence Foodshed Justice Project set out to explore these questions Born out of a course-based research project in the Brown University class “Sustenance and Sustainability,” our aim was initially to learn as much as we could about the way Providence, Rhode Island grows, processes, distributes, and consumes food.



As the project has evolved over 3 years to involve nearly 300 student researchers, our aims remain decidedly pedagogical and exploratory. Our investigations have taken us from farms to restaurant kitchens, from the gardens of new immigrants to farmer’s markets, and from the offices of policymakers to food pantries. We have explored the challenges faced by workers and jobs in the food chain, assessed Rhode Island’s agro-ecological landscapes, examined the availability of sweetened beverage prevalence near Providence public schools, and listened to the diverse stories of Providence citizens growing their own food. We have planted gardens with pre-school children and listened to challenges faced by refugees seeking land access.

Along the way, we have become more curious about exploring the opportunities and barriers to food justice in the Providence agri-foodscape, interrogating traditional ideas of food access, equity, diversity, health and agricultural sustainability. Our notion of mapping has also expanded to encompass not only the circumscription of biophysical spaces but also a process of collaborative social change. We have learned through this process that the way we look at something affects our interaction with it and is an inherently political act. We aim with this interactive portal to visualize the opportunities and barriers to food justice. In the spirit of collaboration, we invite you to imagine what food justice might look like in Providence and help us foster transformative solutions. If you want to get in touch please email pvdfoodshedjusticeproject@gmail.com

TEAM

Kathy De Master

Faculty Director and Providence Food justice Project Coordinator 2010-2013

David Kim

Project & Design Coordinator

Sarah Grimm

Graphic Design Coordinator & Photographer, 2012-2013

Julia Thompson

Design Team, Info-graphics Coordinator 2012-2013

Bo Schlagel

Design Team and Project Content Coordinator 2012-13

Mackenzie Clark

Design Team Web Developer and Mapping Coordinator 2012-2013

Danny Garfield

Design Team Web Developer and Mapping Coordinator 2012-2013

Becca Rast

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant and Food Chain Research Coordinator 2011-2013

Brenda Zhang

Sustenance and Sustainability Teaching Assistant, "Cultivating Hope" Project Coordinator & Exhibition Director 2012-2013

Leah Douglas

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant, Soda Project Coordinator & Copy Editor 2011-2013

Keally Cieslik

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant and Food Chain Research Coordinator 2012-2013

Melina Packer

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant & Media and Policy Coordinator 2012-2013

David Granberg

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant and Agroecology Project Coordinator 2012-2013

Maya Sikand

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant and Oral History Coordinator 2012-2013

Mary Alice Reilly

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant and "Cultivating Hope" Project Coordinator 2012

Jess Daniels

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant and Food Access Coordinator & Design Advisor 2012-2013

Dan Blaustein-Rejto

Sustenance & Sustainability "Cultivating Hope" Project Leader and Teaching Assistant 2011-2012

Lily Mathews

Sustenance & Sustainability "Cultivating Hope" Project Leader and Teaching Assistant 2010-2011

Adam Kotin

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant 2011

Sophie Soloway

Sustenance & Sustainability Agroecology Mapping Project Coordinator 2012-2013

Molly Bledsoe

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant 2010-2012

Michael Teshima

Sustenance & Sustainability "Cultivating Hope" Project Leader 2011

Melanie Berkowitz

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant 2011

Margiana Peterson-Rockney

Sustenance & Sustainability Farm Education Project Leader and Teaching Assistant 2010-2012

Kimberly Damm

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant 2010

James LaChance

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant 2011-2012

Rachel Economy

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant 2011

Lucy Sedgwick

Sustenance and Sustainability Teaching Assistant 2010

Jonathan Leibovic

Sustenance & Sustainability Teaching Assistant 2010

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