Roots for Peace utilizes urban farming, leadership development, and community organizing to address health and economic inequities. Through this approach, Roots for Peace supports community members to organize towards a food system that improves access to healthy and cultural foods, rebuilds ancestral connection to the earth, and increases collective power and self-determination.
Our strategy is to accompany local residents, youth and adults from predominantly immigrant Latinx families, using a racial justice framework. Our members develop the tools and build the power to impact their local food system and create the living conditions they want in their neighborhoods. We work with our members to analyze systemic inequalities while envisioning and organizing around local projects, policies, and practices that build personal and community healing. The program also collaborates with partnering organizations and coalitions to address food security and environmental justice issues across the city.
Read this interview with Crystal Gonzalez, Program Director, this story about AFSC's work from Food, Equity and Economic Development, these Neighborhoods First newsletters from April 2019 and October 2016 and this story from May 2019.