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Chef, educator, author and activist Bryant Terry brings together The 280 Project, Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) and Dragonspunk GRO to discuss their agriculture journey, community well-being and food justice in the Bay Area.

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This is a hybrid event. Registration is required for Zoom attendance. In-person attendance at the SFPL Main Library does not require registration; seats available first come, first served.

Bryant Terry is a James Beard & NAACP Image Award-winning chef, educator and author. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of 4 Color Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House and Ten Speed Press. For the 2022–2023 academic year Terry will be an Artist Fellow/Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley as a member of the second cohort of Abolition Democracy Fellows. Since 2015 he has been the Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco where he creates public programming at the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art and culture. In regard to his work, Terry’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.” His latest book, Black Food: Stories, Art & Recipes From Across the African Diaspora, captures the broad and divergent voices of the African Diaspora through the prism of food.

The Two Eighty Project was founded by Christopher Renfro and Jannea Tschirch to increase equity and diversity within the wine industry—and access to the spaces occupied by it. Their work began at Alemany Farms, a public park in San Francisco, originally dedicated to giving inner-city individuals the space to practice urban community gardening. The Two Eighty Project is dedicated to building a sustainable food and wine community that nourishes every member of the local economy and ecosystem.

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in Oakland and beyond by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community, ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth and families in East Oakland, CA. ANV engages and strengthens young people’s understanding of nutrition, food production, and healthy living as well as strengthens their ties to the community.

Dragonspunk GRO has a mission, duty and purpose to apply the methodologies of environmental rehabilitation to meet the challenges of food insecurity, urban blight, environmental injustice, soil depletion, carbon footprint reduction, community building and plant and animal habitat restoration.

Copies of Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora by Bryant Terry will be available for purchase at the event. You can also purchase a copy from MoAD's Online Bookstore.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Kaiser Permanente