Student Projects

Successful Earth Week Celebration at UVA

The UVA Food Collaborative held its annual Student Research Symposium in conjunction with the Office for Sustainability’s Earth Week Expo.  Students from various disciplines across grounds as well as alumni working professionally in food related fields presented their research on an array of topics including UVA’s nitrogen footprint, food justice in Charlottesville, and expanding communication initiatives for farmers in Cambodia. Below are more detailed abstracts of the topics [...]

FOOD JUSTICE a look at the ridge street neighborhood

Whitney Newton May 7, 2013 PLAC 5500 TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Food Justice The Ridge Street Neighborhood Baseline Audit and Neighborhood Service Food Justice Findings Community Engagement II. Case Studies MoGro Mobile Grocery Store The Grocery Bus Project GROWS The People’s Grocery III. Community-based Ideas Make food a Priority Early Education in the Garden and Kitchen Community Empowerment and Cultural Values IV. Creating Food Justice in the Ridge Street Neighborhood I. Food Justice Access to [...]

Food Justice in Belmont, Charlottesville

BERNICE O’BRIEN University of Virginia PLAC 5500 FOOD JUSTICE BELMONT, CHARLOTTESVILLE BERNICE O’BRIEN TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 2 BELMONT, CHARLOTTESVILLE 4 FOOD JUSTICE AUDIT 8 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 10 SERVICE LEARNING 10 LIFE HISTORY INTERVIEW 11 THOUGHT LEADER INTERVIEWS 13 CASE STUDIES 15 ROOTS & SHOOTS INTERGENERATIONAL GARDEN 15 COMMUNITY TABLE 17 COMMUNITY PLANNING IDEAS 18 CLASS PLANNING IDEAS 19 CONLCUSION 20 APPENDIX 22 BELMONT MAPS 22 RESOURCES 23 LIFE HISTORY INTERVIEW [...]

Food Justice in Charlottesville, Virginia

Food Justice in Charlottesville, Virginia: Taking Care of the Planet, Respecting People, and Ensuring Sustainable Profit Elise Brenner PLAC 5500 May 7, 2013 Each bite of food we take casts a vote. When you choose to bite in to an apple, you aren’t just making a healthy snack choice. You are voting, with your taste buds, with your wallet, and with your mind to support a certain way of life that is dictated by our food system. You are deciding whether or not a farm worker can pay for an injury [...]

Food Justice in Charlottesville’s Belmont Neighborhood

Ariel Ardura May 7, 2013 PLAC 5500   INTRODUCTION Food justice is a relatively new term, and one that is by no means easy to define. According to the Social Justice Learning Institute, it means: “Communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy [food that is] fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, the workers, and animals.”i But what does this actually mean? Perhaps a little more illuminating [...]