What to Expect
We are committed to training future farmers and food justice leaders. Our programs and courses approach urban agriculture through the lens of social justice, examining food at the intersection of social, economic, and racial justice. As a result, we are constantly refining the ways we support the well-being of our programs, students, and community. Below are some of the values and expectations we have for our community:
- Care for ourselves and each other. At the beginning of each class, we usually take a moment to step out of our busy lives and "ground" ourselves. This may look like stretching, breathing, or a similar activity.
- Create a safer space. We encourage everyone to be mindful of the language we use to discuss important topics, while recognizing that no one is perfect and we all have something to learn. Together, we are working towards greater understanding and action.
- Embrace difference and diversity. One way we do this is by sharing our preferred gender pronouns (PGPs) when introducing ourselves. By doing this, we respect the breadth of gender and the way each individual identifies.
- Take space, make space. We encourage those who find themselves speaking up more often to allow others to have a chance to engage. Likewise, we encourage those who find themselves more quiet to engage more.
- Pass on the gift. Knowledge and expertise do very little kept to yourself. We encourage everyone to continue sharing with their wider communities.