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Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: Decolonial Perspectives, Devon Peña, Luz Calvo, Pancho McFarland, Gabriel R. Valle

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, Michael Twitty

Farming While Black, Leah Penniman

Growing Local Fertility and Composting Makes $en$e, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Emergent Strategy, adrienne maree brown


We — people, families, communities, service providers, public agencies and elected officials — need to better understand the local food system so we can work together to improve it. That’s why CSFR has partnered with El Paso County Public Health and Colorado Springs Health Foundation on an ongoing participatory action research project to forge a shared understanding of the real barriers to accessing healthy food.

The first phase of the El Paso County Food Systems Assessment was conducted in the first half of 2017 to provide the city-county Food Policy Advisory Board (FPAB) with information and recommendations on matters, policies, programs, and land use patterns related to the local food system. We identified some “areas of opportunity” ripe for neighborhood-based solutions like small grocers, community kitchens, community gardens, urban farms, farmers’ markets, farm stands. See findings below.

Read the Phase I Food Systems Assessment here.

Now, we’re working on Phase II of the assessment to gather more specific, resident-driven recommendations for appropriate interventions in neighborhoods with the highest prevalence of fast-food restaurants and lowest prevalence of supermarkets.

Stay tuned for details!

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