Food For Thought: A Community Conversation October 30th, 2013

In Honor of Food Day, a panel of community members discussed food security and food sustainability through a local lens.

Brought to you by PeaceJam, the Collaborative for Community Engagement, The Presidents Office, the CC Food Coalition, CC Farm and Sustainability Club.

Beki Guion
Fourth-generation farmer Beki Javernick-Guion, of Javernick Family Farms, with help of her father Carl and mother Carolyn Javernick, grow a bounty of artisan salad greens and vegetables for Arkansas Valley Organic Growers co-op, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farmers market customers.

Michael Hannigan
Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) was created in 1996 to take a leadership role in promoting philanthropy in the Pikes Peak region. PPCF makes grants that support people who have great ideas to improve our community. The Foundation operates high impact programs like Venetucci Farm, the Fund for the Arts, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, Pinello Ranch, and more. It also creates custom-designed charitable gift funds for individuals, families and businesses and builds permanent endowment funds that can benefit our community forever. Michael Hannigan is the CEO of Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

Michèle Companion
Dr. Michèle Companion is an associate professor at The University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Her teaching and research interests include law, federal Indian policy, Native communities, indigenous rights, international development, social movements, social problems, and food and livelihood security issues. Her previous research focused on Native American tribal health care management systems. She has spent the last several years focusing on reservation nutritional dynamics, including impacts of low income diets on overall health and on reservation food security issues. She has also been documenting tribal participation in the food sovereignty movement to reclaim cultural aspects of traditional foods.

Alyse Festenstein
Alyse is the Midwest Fellow at Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation

Kyle Huelsman
Kyle is a main organizer of Boulder Food Rescue, a volunteer-based program that gleans food by bicycle and delivers to to local organizations. Along with facilitating the Boulder nonprofit, he also advises other “food rescue” start-ups and provides them with support and a model. He is currently advising Colorado Springs Food Rescue.

Jake Bornstein
Slow Money Senior Associate, Jake led the launch of Gatheround. Increasingly convinced of the need to change both the financial and socio-ecological systems, Jake embarked on a research journey across organic farms, forest gardens, eco-villages and transition towns, culminating in a permaculture design certificate from the Permaculture Institute of Italy. Jake graduated A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of public policy, with thesis work focusing on the viability of microfinance in the United States, and minored in continental philosophy.

Mike Callicrate
Mike Callicrate is an independent cattle producer, business entrepreneur, political activist and owner of Ranch Foods Direct. He serves as an outspoken leader in addressing the rural, social and cultural impacts of current economic trends. Mike has been an advisor for the films Food Inc. and FRESH, and is cited in several books including The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation. He is revered as the “go-to expert” for understanding negative consequences of trends in the modern meat industry.

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