OFPC Member Receives James Beard Award

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A bighearted congratulations to Oakland Food Policy Council Member Navina Khanna, recipient of this year’s James Beard Foundation Leadership Award! These awards recognize visionaries across a broad range of backgrounds who influence how, why, and what we eat.

A Fellow with the Movement Strategy Center, Navina has been recognized for her work as a food justice activist organizing across communities for equitable and ecological food systems on local, regional, and national levels.

She is joined by award recipients Karen Washington, Ben Burkett, Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman. Past recipients of the James Beard Award include First Lady Michelle Obama, Marion Nestle and Alice Waters.

Big love to Navina for this huge honor! Thanks for your righteous work here in Oakland, and across the nation.

All Hands on Deck!

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OFPC is currently seeking new members! If you are interested in food justice and transforming Oakland’s food system into one that is equitable and sustainable, we need you.

We are seeking members who have a strong background in community organizing and are ready to apply bold, innovative strategies for rethinking Oakland’s food system. Join us in the effort to preserve our communities, and build power and health! To find out more about serving on the OFPC and apply online (youth apps here)!

Seats open include General Member (3-year term); Community Representative (1 year term); Youth Member (1 year term; ages 18-24 yrs).

OFPC was founded in 2009 to establish an equitable and sustainable food system. We are a council of 21 voluntary members.

Contact Council Director Esperanza Pallana for more info: epallana@oaklandfood.org

Also, check out a recent article published in the East Bay Express about our work for the right to grow food in Oakland. You can also listen to more on urban agriculture and & food  policy on The Eastern Shore. You’ll be hearing more from us on growing food in Oakland!

Campaign Update: Growing Food Is a Right, Not a Privilege!

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July 1, 2014

Thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign to protect the right to grow food in Oakland!

Our petition, “Growing Food is a Right, Not a Conditional Privilege,” sent a strong message the Oakland Planning Commission and City Council. We have paused the petition to allow them time to discuss our requests and issue a formal response.

To date, there has been an inconsistent response from public officials regarding the exact scope of conditional use requirements for growing food, as reported in the East Bay Express article published on June 25, 2014, “Confusion Reigns Over Oakland Urban Gardens.”

We are following this issue closely and will continue to advocate for the removal of all barriers to growing food in Oakland.

Nobody should have to pay the City to grow and eat your own food!

Please follow us on Facebook & Twitter to stay connected and get updates on the campaign.

If you are interested in joining our work for food justice, we invite you to apply to be a member of the Oakland Food Policy Council. We are currently recruiting new community members and youth representatives.

Read the full article in the East Bay Express for more of the story.