On May 16, CFF partnered with Soul Fire Farm and Philanthropy New York’s Committee for Equitable and Inclusive Philanthropy to host a workshop titled Funding a Racially Just Food System. This event was the CFF Champions Award briefing, designed and created by our 2017 Award recipient, Soul Fire Farm. Leah Penniman, Co-Director of Soul Fire Farm, and Amani Olugbala, Assistant Director of Programs, guided over 30 funders through a history of racism and resistance in the food system followed by a workshop to help identify concrete next steps. You can find a video recording of the briefing below.
East New York Farms of has been named the winner of the 2018 Community Food Funders Champions Award! Seven funders in the CFF network, plus the 2017 winner Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, comprised the selection committee. East New York Farms! was chosen in recognition of their food production and food access programming, indigenous leadership, youth engagement, and waste reduction practices; all which represent the triple bottom line approach to food systems change.
Join us on May 16th when Leah Penniman, Co-Director of Soul Fire Farm, will lead us in a data-rich, heart-centered, and hopeful conversation where we will generate concrete next steps toward our collective vision of a just and sustainable food system. Together we will explore how to make our organizational structures and grantmaking procedures more equitable and accountable to communities of color. Everyone will leave with a tangible and feasible action plan.
On June 1st, over 60 CFF members got together with some of our partners in the field and the public sector at Project Farmhouse for the 5th CFF Annual Gathering. Delicious drinks and appetizers were supplied by Cleaver Co. while people mingled and discussed their work. The evening featured a presentation by Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm,
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Soul Fire Farm of Grafton, NY has been named the inaugural winner of the Community Food Funders Champions Award! Eight funders in the CFF network comprised the selection committee, and ultimately chose Soul Fire Farm in recognition of their commitment to equity, ecology, and economy; a triple bottom line approach to food systems change.
This year CFF is excited to be hosting our 5th Annual Gathering! Please join us to celebrate accomplishments from the past year and hear from your colleagues about different strategies being used to impact our regional food system. New this year, we will be featuring the recipient of our inaugural Community Food Funders Champions Award!
Whether your focus is on nutrition or hunger, food chain workers or farmland preservation, emergency food or food waste, we all have a part to play in creating the just food system that everyone deserves. We encourage your attendance whether you’re a long-time CFF member or just entering the field of food systems change.