COVID-19 has brought to light a number of gaps in how and who is able to access food. However, many of these issues have existed for a long time and are a result of a country whose policies favor large-scale, industrialized agriculture and food supply chains that limit access to healthy and nourishing foods for many communities. This interactive workshop with breakout sessions will address:
- The history of racism and oppression in our food system
- The barriers to healthy and affordable food, how organizations, businesses, and communities are reclaiming food justice and food sovereignty
- How we can work together to make food access more inclusive and accessible.
Miah Ulysse is a fierce justice advocate, facilitator, and community connector with roots in Minnesota and Haiti. Her passion is to elevate racial justice within black and brown communities through policy, food, farming, and natural spaces. Miah has impacted the Twin Cities community through her work on policy/advocacy, program development, network building, and communications at various nonprofits and businesses. She has advanced local, state, and federal food policy efforts - including the establishment of the Urban Agriculture Grant Program, one of the first urban agriculture-specific state-funded grant programs in the country. Miah currently owns and operates Rūted Consulting and facilitates the Community Equity Program, a 9 month fellowship based out of Wilder Foundation for BIPOC folks to learn the state policy making process and build a bigger toolkit to change systems of oppression. A total outdoors and hiking fanatic, Miah enjoys getting her hands dirty in the garden and unplugging by spending time with nature.