Refugee youth from Crawford High School recently completed a three-month, arts-based workshop on food justice that was run by The AjA Project as part of the media collaborative, Speak City Heights. During the final month of programming, students continued to look critically at the issue of food access by photographing, and comparing and contrasting the farmers market in City Heights with the one in Little Italy. They also interviewed parents and elders to get an inter-generational perspective on food security. Finally, they examined photographs in the media related to the famine in Africa and discussed what happens to a society when too many people are hungry.
Rhema, age 15, originally from Kenya, “For some people that were born eating fresh garden foods, [farmers markets are] a better way for them to continue with their farming, and it’s a good way for others to learn how to grow healthy food that have all nutrients.”
Meghaney, age 15, originally from Kenya, “You don’t see very many people who aren’t refugees at the farmers market [in City Heights]. A lot of Africans and Asians. But not many Americans.”
Meghaney, age 15, originally from Kenya, “I always thought all American food was healthy. It makes you fat so you’re healthy. Because in Africa, if you’re skinny, you’re not healthy. But if you’re fat, then they think you are healthy.”