Make Yourself Obsolete

FSLN Community of Practice · October 27, 2020

Course Description

Community empowerment happens when non-profits and funders step back and community-based projects thrive. This 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 the communities they addressed.

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.

This course is designed and delivered by Miles Gordon and Jen Dalton of Kitchen Table Consulting.

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  • 2 Lessons