Toward Peace and Justice, June 2013
Peace grows from the ground up. When people have the means to support their communities and families, peace flourishes.
For the young gardeners of South Los Angeles’ Central High School, improving food access in their neighborhood is a priority. This spring, they led community members through their three-year-old garden to show off the beets, carrots, collard greens, and kale they’re growing. They also passed on lessons about the health and economic benefits of urban gardening.
Their work for access to healthy food is just one example of how the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is partnering with communities around the world on issues of food security and economic justice.
Food is a human right and a basic human need. Locally grown, organic produce is good for people and good for the planet. The L.A. Roots for Peace program is proving that imaginative young people in an inner-city food desert can lead the way, showing their neighbors how to overcome the natural and political barriers to growing healthy food in their own backyard. And as we have learned from our farm programs in New Mexico, Zimbabwe, and North Korea, growing food together can be the first step to building a stronger community and a more just and peaceful world.
This month, I invite you to hear from some of the people who are carrying forward AFSC’s work for food security and hear what they are cooking up this season:
- New Mexico farmer Angelina shows us one way to use extra squash and zucchini
- 19-year-old Joanna shares an iced tea recipe featuring fresh lemon balm from AFSC’s Roots for Peace garden at her South L.A. school
- From Zimbabwe, Grace shares longtime-favorite recipe for lasagna
Shan Cretin, General Secretary
American Friends Service Committee