Community empowerment happens when non-profits and funders step back and community-based projects thrive. This two-part workshop will highlight examples from low-income, racially diverse, and multi-generational communities where programs were designed to build enduring capacity for leadership and self-management within each community.
Session 1: October 1, 3-4:30pm ET
Session 2: October 8, 3-4:30pm ET
With racial, economic, and gender equity as the foundations for community empowerment and sustainable food systems, examples will highlight: Community garden programs that paid low-income and immigrant gardeners to attend multi-lingual leadership trainings and successfully manage and advocate for their gardens; Farm to School programs that used grant funding to build knowledge, value, and capacity by purchasing processing equipment for schools and paying low income school food service workers to attend professional skills trainings for self-management; and a Food Hub designed and advised by small-scale, limited resource farmers to form a cooperative structure. By design, the role and control of non-profits and funders diminished as the community role and control increased.
Outcomes for participants
Participants will leave with a program model based in social justice - where program design, development, implementation, and management are shifted to the communities with which they work. Moreover, participants will have developed the strategies they need to build community leadership and empowerment, while planning their own obsolescence as non-profit leaders.
• A 4-part process to shift power
• Real world examples from food systems work
• A dynamic worksheet for your program design
About the Trainers:
Kitchen Table Consulting, LLC is comprised of two principals, Jen Dalton and Miles Gordon - each with over a decade of food systems development and community engagement work as program directors working for a variety of non-profit organizations.