Cultivate Charlottesville engages with youth and community to build a healthy and just food system. They believe that working together to grow gardens, share food and power, and advocate for just systems – cultivates a healthy community for all. Food is a human right and they aim to create food equity – personally, in community, and across systems and structures. Together they are growing, sharing, and advocating for food equity.
Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network builds racial equity in our food system through education, organizing, and advocacy. As a collective, over 35 organizations work in unique and complementary ways to build health and food security in Charlottesville. Our work focuses on the intersection of food equity and healthy school foods, affordable housing, urban agriculture, access and markets, and food pathways transportation. Local Food Hub is a core team member that is active in supporting equity work led by the Network. Local Food Hub also supports Cultivate’s City Schoolyard Garden in their work to connect youth with how their food is grown.