Weekend reading: Beyond the Kale
Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen. Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City. University of Georgia Press, 2016.
This wonderfully titled book is about how urban agriculture can do plenty to help address race and class inequities:
Moving ‘beyond the kale’ means looking beyond the trendy aspects of growing food in the city to see people who have been using urban agriculture to make the food system less oppressive and more socially just.
The authors did extensive interviews with urban agriculture activists: farmers, gardeners, and organizational leaders. Their book links food studies to agriculture and human values and provides ideas and resources for teachers, students, and anyone else who wants to get out there and dig—as a means to change the world.