Talking Food Systems

San Diego residents are leading a movement to improve access to healthy food and economic opportunity through traditional community gardens and farmers markets; and innovative projects like backyard growers’ certification and urban farm stands. The movement has changed public policy making it easier for small-scale agriculture to thrive in the urban environment.

The reason behind this movement lies in the social inequities that exist within the conventional food system. These ideas are explored from the perspective of the communities adversely impacted by these social constructs. By addressing the various reasons why individuals find it difficult to sustain a healthy lifestyle, Land & Freedom shows how issues like food deserts, health, blight, crime and public transportation are interconnected.

Through participation in the project, residents become identifiable community leaders advocating for their neighborhoods. Their stories are an inspiration to others to get active in their community and develop an appreciation for natural foods and healthy lifestyles.