What is diversity and inclusion?
Definition: Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.
Definition: Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive university, organization or group promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.
What does LGBTQ+ Mean?
From Ok2beme.org, LGBTQ+ is an initialism that means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning and it is often used to mean all of the communities included in LGBTTQQIAA.
Change Lab Solutions
From Change Lab Solutions, Uprooting the Structural Drivers of Health Inequity, is a series of collaborative trainings for decision makers. For an overview of resources from Change Lab Solutions, check out resources and services. Also, Food and Beverages, Making the healthy choice the easy, has resources on the following:
People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Justice (PODER)
Founded in 1991, Poder is a grassroots organization that works to create people-powered solutions to the profound environmental and economic inequalities facing low-income Latino immigrants and other communities of color in San Francisco (CA).
Oct. 28, 2020, from the stage of the Madam Walker Legacy Center, CICF revealed plans to dismantle systemic racism in Central Indiana at Inclusive City 2020. The plan aims to create and motivate grassroots anti-racist movement in Central Indiana and to interrupt and replace systems that are upholding White supremacy culture. Also included are steps on how individuals and organizations can take action to create an anti-racist community that works for all.
Building Trust in Communities: Understand and Growing Social Capital
From the University of Minnesota Extension, Understanding and Growing Social Capital, provides information, resources and on-line videos on what is social capital – the glue that holds communities together – and how to grow social capital for your farmers market community.
Oregon Farmers Market Association
Oregon Farmers Market Association (OFMA) is committed to supporting equity for all communities by focusing on racial justice. Anti-racism at Farmers Markets is their resource website where OFMA’s presentations, resources and selected readings are shared for everyone who is committed to ending racism in all communities, including farmers markets.
Sponsored by Wholesome Wave’s Nutrition Incentive Network, Fostering a Culture of Inclusivity at Your Market, this guide provides strategies from farmers markets across the country to help foster inclusivity in the farmers market environment.
Farm 2 Facts
Farm 2 Fact offers insights on how the Bloomington (Indiana) Farmers Market can increase diversity and inclusivity at their market in “How can the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market enhance its culture of inclusivity as well as its vendor and visitor diversity?”
Creating a Culture of Inclusion at Massachusetts Farmers Markets, A Toolkit
From the Center for New Economics, this article, Creating a Culture of Inclusion at Massachusetts Farmers Markets, serves as a toolkit with 11 tools for market managers to use as a starting point on making farmers markets inclusive communities.
From Civil Eats, New Research Explores the Ongoing Impact of Racism on the U.S. Farming Landscape, an article exploring the on-going impact of racism on the U.S. farming landscape.
Farmers Market Coalition
From the Farmers Market Coalition, resources on Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Anti-racism Work.
From PolicyLink, the Equitable Food Systems Guide, defines equitable food system and provides resources that are applicable for anyone working in the local foods systems. Also, check out their Equity Blueprint resources, along with Food Systems resources.
Iowa State University, Extension and Outreach
Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach in Inequities in the Food System explores how local food systems can recognize, acknowledge, and address the systemic inequities and oppression in our communities. They provide helpful definitions and resources on the General Food System, General Equity, Extension’s work on Equity in Food Systems, along with Iowa specific resources in each topic.
University of Wisconsin
From University of Wisconsin-Madison, Racial Equity Tools for Foods Systems Planning looks at Racism in Built Environments and Equity in Food Systems Planning along with providing Racial Equity Assessment Tools, Racial Equity Tool for Systems Planning and Food System Racial Equity Assessment Tool Facilitation Guide.
From Edible Communities, Farmers Markets for All: Fresh locally grown, nutritious food should be for everyone, article by Joy Manning (June 3, 2019) touches upon the topics:
- Who feels welcome?
- Getting the word out
- Making farmers markets more affordable
- Location, location and layout
- Racial diversity
- Future of farmers markets
Michigan State University, Center for Regional Food Systems
Measuring Racial Equity in The Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, is a toolkit offering an expansive list of metrics that can be used to hold food movement organizations and food system practitioners accountable for progress towards a more equitable food system. Also available are external resources and several webinars on racial equity in the food system, food sovereignty, and racial equity in food hubs.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability
From the National Center on Health and Physical Activity, check out, Creating Markets for All Shoppers, which outlines considerations – from transit stops and entry access to signage and booth accessibility – that market managers should take into account to create welcoming and accessible and equitable markets for all. Also available is their Why Choose to Shop at a Farmers Market brochure, which summarizes for market managers how to make farmers markets accessible.
National Young Farmers
From the National Young Farmers, Racial Equity in The Food System, is a look at the small farm movement; food systems rooted in stolen land and stolen labor; white supremacy and systemic racism; and how farmers have been organizing for racial justice.
Also check out Justice for Black Farmers Act, a quick overview of the legislation that addresses historic discrimination against black farmers in US agriculture policy.
National Young Farmers Racial Equity Toolkit (2020)
The National Young Farmers Racial Equity Toolkit is both a resource providing definitions of commonly used terms and a how-to guide on conscious raising and anti-racism organizing including direct action steps to get started.