Letter to University Leadership from Farmer, Fishermen, and Farmworker Allies

March 16, 2016
In February, we took unprecedented action calling on universities to commit to a real food economy. We marched. We rallied. We delivered piles of petitions, valentines, vegetables, and biscuits. We asked University Presidents from Washington state to Maine: will you continue to be part of the problem, or choose to be a part of the solution?Our farmer, fishermen, and farmworker allies share our call for universities to take action for ...
Read more

#NoGroundToLose - Real Food Action Report!

February 26, 2016
In December, we united around a declaration that we have No Ground To Lose in the struggle for a just and sustainable food system. Family farmers can’t wait for it to become more convenient for our institutions to invest in them. Fishers and ranchers can’t wait either - their livelihoods are increasingly threatened by industry consolidation on land & sea. And none of us can wait for healthy, just food ...
Read more

"We need to build a better future" - Real Food UMaine Statement to Board of Trustees

January 26, 2016
On Monday, January 25, members of Real Food UMaine made a powerful statement to their Board of Trustees, after passing out local, UMaine-grad-grown carrots to supporters in the meeting. Here is their statement:Who we are: Real Food UMaineMy name is Currenn Mackie-Malcolm and the people you see holding locally-grown carrots are just a handful of supporters of a group called UMaine Real Food Challenge. The Real Food Challenge is student ...
Read more

Students Join the Fight for ‘Milk with Dignity’ -- Advocating for Human Rights in the Food System

December 10, 2015
I met an incredible four year old on a small Vermont dairy farm this summer. She was babbling to herself; smiling without knowing it. When her parents introduced her to me, she held her doll to her chest and looked down at her toes for a moment. In a moment, she was out the kitchen door, smiling her way across a lush green field behind the barn.Stepping outside, we surveyed ...
Read more

Open Letter: Students against Fast Track and the TPP

May 27, 2015
In response to the threat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for a real food system, RFC has written an open letter to Congress, calling on them to oppose this harmful trade deal and the undemocratic "Fast Track" process for moving it through Congress.Dear Members of Congress,On behalf of the rising generation of voters and thousands of students advocating for real food on campuses across the country, we urge you to stand ...
Read more

From Summer to Fall -- Young People Take a Stand

September 11, 2014
This has been a hard summer.Bombs flying and houses crumbling in Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq and Syria. Our own streets militarized in Ferguson. The continued drought in California. But this summer we've also seen inspired young leaders confronting police brutality, war and climate change. For those of us concerned with the food system, the connections are evident:...the racism of Ferguson reflected in the poverty wages of our food and farm workers....the ...
Read more

Will the 'bluegrass state's' small farms rise in coal's wake?

April 9, 2014
Written By Real Food Challenge Campaign Director David SchwartzKentucky has long been known for its bourbon, horse racing, college basketball, fried chicken, coal and tobacco. Now, a thriving local food system!? That's the goal, if a team of local college students has its way.This winter at the University of Louisville, students began combing through reams of invoices from U of L's $2.7 million food budget to assess exactly how much ...
Read more

Real Food for CSU Campaign Heats up at Long Beach Trustee Meeting

April 2, 2014
This blog post was written by Natalie Tran, UC Santa Cruz, '15.The California State University system may be the largest state school system in the world with 23 campuses and over 400,000 students. And right now, we students in California sit at an incredible turning pointThis past week, we students from Humboldt State, San Francisco State, CSU Long Beach, CSU Pomona, CSU Northridge, and UC Santa Cruz met in Long ...
Read more