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The Politics of Food

121 N. Fitzhugh Street Rochester, New York 14614 
Phone: (585) 232-1463 Fax: (585) 232-1465

The Politics of Food Program seeks to create a sustainable food system in which farmers and the communities they serve are enabled to bring safe, quality food to all.  





 Workshops and Farm Tours

 Links To Related Organizations



The Politics of Food Program seeks to create a locally sustainable food system that  ensures community food security. A sustainable food system produces locally grown, safe, nutritious food that is ecologically sound, humane to livestock, and economically viable for farmers, farm workers and consumers. Communities are food secure when all persons obtain a culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet from local food sources. POF strives to achieve this vision through intervention in the local food system and through education and advocacy.




School-Community Garden Program

Politics of Food is part of a national movement of community school gardens integrating cultural and environmental history into the curriculum through gardening experience.

Following a school garden club model we've established at Martin Luther King School #9, POF is expanding to several other schools. We work with a diversity of community partners including Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Rochester City School District, Metro Justice TV Dinner, neighborhood groups and of course, parents, elders and teachers.

Rochester Roots is an intergenerational network of teachers, students, parents, elders, and master gardeners sharing ideas and resources. 



Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture

The Politics of Food Program is the urban sponsor of the 13 year old Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture project (GVOCSA) with Peacework Organic Farm. Consumers contract for a season with farmers for quality food in exchange for money and work time. GVOCSA is now accepting members for the 2002 season which begins May 23, 2002.

Learn more about GVOCSA



Guatemala Agricultural Project

We have come full circle from an exchange in the 1970's of Guatemalan goods supporting the re-teaching of sustainable agriculture practices in two villages by our friend, Kai Yutah Clouds. Kai was murdered by the death squad in 1980 for his empowering of the people.

Politics of Food now helps to support Mayan agronomists in Guatemala who teach soil and water conservation and organic agriculture.


Politics of Food Resource Center

Print and audio-visual materials are available to the community on loan, free of charge. The collection covers a broad range of sustainable food system topics emphasizing curricula integrating environmental studies, agriculture and nutrition with the NYS Learning Standards. Please call or e-mail the office to speak with our efficient and friendly librarian, Mary Boite.   


Tuesday, April 2

7:00 PM 

Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture Sign-Up

Society of Friends Meeting House 84 Scio St. Rochester, N.Y.
more info. phone Michelle 241-9680 or Dave 442-5658

Thursday, April 4

4:00 PM 

Rochester Roots Workshop: "Starting Your School Garden"

School Without Walls, 480 Broadway, Rochester, N.Y.
Registration & Information 232-1463 or 244-2711 

Thursday, April 18

4:00 PM 

Rochester Roots Workshop: "The Seed Connection"

School Without Walls, 480 Broadway, Rochester, N.Y.
Registration & Information 232-1463 or 244-2711  

Thursday, April 18

6:30 PM

Sierra Club Environmental Forum

Featuring Mayor Bill Johnson  "A Roadmap for Regional Planning"

Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd. S. Rochester, N.Y.
Details phone 244-2625

Saturday, April 20

12:45 PM 

Chad Prcgrake "Living Lands and Waters Foundation and the Mississippi River Beautification and Restoration Project"

Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, N.Y.
More Information phone 393-9653

Sunday, April 28

2:00 PM 

Peacework Organic Farm Mayday Celebration 

A tree will be dedicated in memory of Doug Kraai at 3:00 followed by a pot-luck supper at 5:00.
More information phone 244-5651

Sunday, April 28

5:30 PM 

Rochester Area Vegetarian Society Share-A-Dish & Lecture by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. "Nutritional Science At a Threshold"

Brighton Town Park Lodge, Westfall Rd & S. Clinton Ave. Rochester
RAVS Events Calendar 234-8750 

Workshops and Farm Tours 

Workshops to diverse groups on a range of sustainable agriculture and ecology topics are available. Organic farm tours may be arranged for groups. Please call the POF office for additional information. 585-232-1463 

 Related Resources

Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture 
Alternative Farming Systems Information
National Community Food Security Coalition
Hunger Action Network of New York State
Finger Lakes Land Trust  
Food First 
World Hunger Year
Abundance Cooperative Market 

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e-mail Politics of Food poloffood@yahoo.com