Happy Women’s History Month! Women have been at the forefront of urban agriculture, food justice, and activism. We are celebrating just a couple of women who inspire us on our mission for food justice and urban agriculture. However, the list does not end here, we urge you to do more research and honor the countless women that are striving for food equality everywhere. Oh, and be sure to tag any amazing urban ag ladies in the comments of our latest Instagram post.
Tanya Fields is a food justice activist and educator. Fields is the founder and executive director of The Black Feminist Project. Fields started the Libertad Urban Farm, an organic urban garden in the Bronx, to tackle the few nutritious food options and food education accessible to low-income people, especially women of color. Tayna says in an interview with Cuisine Noir, “The farm looks beautiful and I am really proud of the fruit trees we have, but the space is not just about growing food, green space is important, but it is also a communal space. A little pocket of utopia in an area that has to exist in spite of many of the circumstances that exist simultaneously.”
Navina Khanna is an educator, policy advocate, and community organizer. Khanna’s worldview is shaped by growing food in India and the United States. Khanna states in an interview with Civil Eats, “I realized how much U.S. policy actually decides how farmers in places like India and around the world live and die.” Navina Khanna serves as the Founding Director for the Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Labor (HEAL) Alliance. It is a nonprofit coalition of multi-racial and multi-sector food and farm organizations working to improve food systems in various communities within the U.S.