Just Published --
In a first-of-its-kind book, Editors Deborah Barndt, Lauren E. Baker and Alexandra Gelis introduce us to critically important conversations about Food Justice and Heritage.
Drawing upon insights, linked videos, and array of stories, they spotlight concerns about how we value food. They use each page to elevate and respect the critical roles of equity and traditional knowledge as we consider the future of food.
Most significantly, they do all of this important work by amplifying the often unheard, deeply wise voices of indigenous peoples.
Earth to Tables Legacies (2023 Rowman and Littlefield) is abundantly generous in its offerings. It provides cues and tips for all of us as we look to revere what Professor Emerita at Montana State University, Florence Dunkel calls the Culture in Agriculture.
And the book offers Art, Poetry, Song and Dance as transportive tools that enliven our understanding of farming and food. The many personal essays that are showcased ground us in living traditions while a trove of compelling photographs acknowledges the sweat equity that such "digging deep" work entails.
All said, in its call to action, this book signals a widening love for what is surely food's heart, soul and spirit.
For information on the book, visit www.earthtotables.org or www.rowman.com
Poetry X Hunger Joins a Groundbreaking Discussion Hosted by The Aspen Institute and Share Our Strength
May 23, 2023 -- Poetry X Hunger was invited to join a first-of-its-kind discussion about Food Justice and The Arts. Held at New York City's Historic Roosevelt House, the panel was sponsored by The Aspen Institute and Share Our Strength.
The hour long, recorded session showcased exciting ways that creative expressions -- The Arts -- are moving Food Justice and Anti-Hunger efforts forward.
Emmy-award winning documentarian Von Diaz, renowned fiber artist Stephen Towns and Founder of Poetry X Hunger Hiram Larew shared key insights. The Aspen Institute's Corby Kummer moderated.
Here's the link to the recorded session -- Conversations on Food Justice: Art and Food Justice - The Aspen Institute
Here's an 18-minute discussion, during National Poetry Month, about poetry as a creative way to engage learners, especially during discussions of food, farming, agriculture, hunger, nutrition, etc. Sponsored by the Global Learning in Agriculture (GLAG) initiative at Pennsylvania State University, the discussion with Dr. Melanie Miller-Foster features a poem from Poetry X Hunger by Malaysian poet, Imtiaj Alom. Tuesday Touchpoint with Hiram and Melanie (Recording) | GLAG Community HUB (mn.co)
March 29, 2023
Hosted by Donna Guerin of Global Lighthouse Studios, Hiram Larew joined students and teachers from around the world in a discussion of poetry as a learning tool. During this hour-long session, we covered the various ways that poetry can be used in learning environments, and poems by Taku Chikepe, Aaron R and Brian Donnell James were shared.
Here's the link -- https://lnkd.in/gFKj5mQ3
Bread in Hand -- Set to Music
Singer, Songwriter and Composer, Warwick Jones from the UK has set Hiram Larew's poem, Bread in Hand to music. Written during the pandemic as an homage to all food providers, the poem's message is amplified by and "enjoys" Mr. Jones' music. Have a listen to the 5-minute recording!
"Using Poetry in Extension/Outreach Programs? Really??!!??"
Here's the 60-minute recording of Program Center Stage's webinar, hosted by the Extension Foundation, and co-led by Hiram Larew and Dave Myers. We visit with several Extension specialists about using poetry, yes, poetry! in extension outreach activities.
The session's message:
Need help reaching your learners? Try poetry! It's fun.
VidGrid - Program Center Stage: Poetry in Extension
Roots for Life Poetry Fundraiser
Our Poetry Fundraiser for Roots for Life on January 21, 2023 was pretty darn fine. All the hunger-focused poems and remarks were very, very moving. And as a result, Roots for Life is going to benefit!! Yes!
Deep gratitudes to all who attended and all who have donated.
A 50+-minute recording of the event is here -- An Anti-Hunger Poetry Reading and Fundraiser for Roots for Life - YouTube
Donations are still being accepted All funds raised will be used by Roots for Life to purchase a fridge system that will allow for better distribution of food to those who are hungry in Washington, DC.
You can donate here -- Poetry x Hunger — Roots for Life (roots-for-life.org)
In the meantime, here's to the Power of Poetry to Help Alleviate Hunger!
Kids Fighting Hunger
Here are two links to short info-articles about some of the amazing work that kids are doing to fight hunger.
Take a look:
Kreative Koalas in Australia -- http://kreativekoalas.com.au/downloads/action-reports/annangrove-public-school-community-action-project-report.pdf
From People Magazine in the U.S. --Students in Pennsylvania Farm Food at School for Food Desert (people.com)
Here's an October 13, 2022 posting by Feed the Children about what many, many American kids are facing (Link)
Ten percent of US Households Were Food Insecure in 2021
The US Department of Agriculture has recently released a report about household levels of food (in)security in the US in 2021. One key finding is that more than 10% of households in the US were food insecure. Here's the link to the full report -- Household Food Security in the United States in 2021 (usda.gov) And, here's the link to a letter from the Alliance to End Hunger about the report -- https://alliancetoendhunger.org/alliance-to-end-hunger-statement-on-usda-2021-food-security-report/
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