Whitney Jaye

Food Access Lab Resident 2015

Food Fighters - Harvest Atlanta Project

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Mission

The mission of Harvest ATL is to support the exploration of food access, food systems, and food justice by providing youth with the resources necessary to make systemic changes in their community.

Summary

Harvest ATL empowers Atlanta- area youth to be leaders in educating their communities about food, nutrition, and food justice. Harvest ATL works with local high schools and community organizations to educate students about food through a unique and engaging curriculum, which covers topics including food justice, food preparation, gardening basics, and nutrition. The curriculum also uses food and nutrition education to build critical thinking and leadership skills amount Atlanta’s youth to create the change they hope to see.

Experience

Whitney is a farmer, agricultural educator, and community organizer with a passion for helping communities of color explore and reimagine their roles as environment stewards. She is the farmer-owner of Semente Farm in Lithonia, Georgia and the farmer in residence at the Urban Conservation Training Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. She became fully invested in the agricultural movement when she was a student at Georgia State University. Whitney also serves as a network coordinator for the Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON), an organization that supports black farmers in the Southeast.

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