Entering into a Community-University Collaboration

Reflections from the Whole Community Project

  • E. Jemila Sequeira Whole Community Project
Keywords: Reflective Essay, Food Dignity, Community-based Organizations, New York, Cooperative Extension

Abstract

First paragraph:

When asked to tell the story of how and why I was invited and decided to join the Food Dignity research project, I found myself traveling back over a long road full of unexpected turns, bumps, discoveries, and delights. And as I began to reflect over the five years spent implementing that project in Tompkins County, New York, I was once more awed by the countless stories to be told and knew that, at best, I could offer merely a glimpse of the wonderful and challenging experi­ences that were ultimately instrumental in learning valuable lessons for cultivating sustainable food systems. In sharing the process and results of being part of such a unique opportunity, I hope to both inspire and challenge readers to explore the possi­bilities that can exist when the sustainability of our food systems places a high value on everyone experiencing “dignity” in their relationship to food—whether as a consumer, entrepreneur, farmer, composter, or activist....

Author Biography

E. Jemila Sequeira, Whole Community Project

Former director of Whole Community Project in Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County

Published
2018-07-18
Section
Food Dignity Introductions