Imagine 10 Years From Now….

The attendees of the public forum were asked to gather in groups to have a discussion. They were asked to imagine what a newspaper headline would read in 10 years that would describe the achievements of the Durham Farm and Food Network. Attendees were invited to either write their ideas or questions down on index cards or they were invited to speak to the crowd.

Index Cards 

  1. Tell the story of black land loss in the Durham Community (and broader region). There are people here who were affected – what are their stories? Focus on: 1) oral histories, 2) community ethnographies, 3) through video/film, 4) focus on dissemination and outreach with education
  2. Headline “Durham Taxes Are Used to Eradicate Hunger!”
  3. The Durham Food Council leaves NO ONE HUNGRY, UNHEALTHY, OR BEHIND. Listen and engage. Recognize and capture. Act and revise.
  4. Headlines: “Durham Bans Artificial Colors” “Healthy Food Replaces Processed / Fast Food”  “10% of Food At All Durham Institutions Source Food From Durham” “Back Taxes From Land Development Used To Save 500 Acres of Farmland” “ Durham Announces Kale As Food Of The City”
  5. Headline: “Durham Farm and Food Council Celebrates Success in Past Decade: Triple Bottom Line Has Served As Model.”
  6. 70-80% of school lunches in DPS are locally sourced and prepared from scratch. Children’s gardens contribute to not only curriculum but also produce a large percentage of food prepared in school cafeterias.
  7. Goals: 0 hunger, food outlets closer than grocery stores, everyone a farmer – serving as cooperatives to one’s own neighborhood, jobs – full employment, reduction in diabetes.
  8. Increase number of farms (urban and rural). Rethink access (edible landscape around town, community gardens, etc.,). Creative solutions to food waste. Gardens replace lawns!
  9. DFFN announces 90% of restaurants, hospitals, schools, and grocery stores use 90% locally grown, made and sourced food. DFFN hosts annual workshops for growers to learn how to reduce pesticide use and increase organic practices without losing produce to pests.
  10. Equity: education and access. System – Even with access, need to remember that we are a community – what people are capable of, what do people like. Food buses have been successful at supporting food deserts.
  11. Headline: “Durham Leader in Food Justice Movement” “Foodie Town Also A Food Justice Leader” “Fairest Food Town Of Them All”
  12. In 10 years: 20% of Durham school kids employed in this space, everyone has access, food trails and the tobacco trail, community gardens, teach gardening in schools and home economics, food sufficient in Durham, reconnect to plants, passing on knowledge.
  13. Bring different sectors of Durham County and City government to agree on a healthy and sustainable purchasing/procurement policy supportive of local ag. Keeping tax dollars in the community.
  14. In 10 years: DFFN is a model for bridging rural farmland with urban centers. Succeeds in feeding all residents. Farmers in Durham have enough markets to stay in farming. Reflection of diversity across the system. DPS sources 30% from Durham area farmers.
  15. Headlines: “Durham Leads the Nation in Reducing Income Inequality.” “Income Inequality Shows Steady Decline Over Past Decade.” “Durham Grows Good Jobs.”
  16. In 10 years: increased access to healthy foods, increased number of community gardens, increased education around why access to healthy food is important, increased urban and rural farming. Growing and making products that benefit the entire community.
  17. Headlines: “Durham Subsidizes Neighborhood Associations: Urban Farms Required In Every Neighborhood District Across The City. “ “Durham Public Schools Contracts Durham Growers: All Food Served Throughout DPS is grown in Durham!” “K-12 Food Curriculum Now Required in all DPS Schools”
  18. In 10 years: Durham residents have equitable access to locally grown food, knowledge of nutrition and cooking and all people can earn a living wage.
  19. In 10 years: Greater involvement from the greater Duke Community, alumni, students, faculty, staff. Food sustainability. “National Leader in the Food Justice Movement.”
  20. Headline: “Durham County Jail Sources 100% Local Food In Cafeterias, On Land Farmed Collaboratively By Local Farmers and Inmates” “Duke University Hospital Serves 100% Local Food To Hospital Patients” “ Gardening and Farming Are Most Popular FREE After School Programs in Durham”


Notes From Discussion

Nutritious food makes Durham healthy.

Food council ends child hood obesity

Everyone eats and eats well

Every farmer gets a living wage.

99% of food grown is consumed

kids want to be farmers

Farmer diversity

Hunger solved in Durham: 30% local, affordable, sustainable, organic food sold in stores

Tell the story of black land loss in the Durham community; there are people here who are affected, what are their stories. Ethnographies through video, film, focus on dissemination with outreach and education. Black farmers started getting paid in 2013 that USDA refused to support and they lost it. How do black farmers fit in and their land is gone and banks won’t offer credit despite legal settlement.

Policies of our nation have pushed black farmers off the land and we should organize at the local level to protect existing minority farms and to support efforts to connect minority farmers to land.

Diversity of ownership in food related businesses in Durham

Front yard gardens predominate—neighborhood has never been stronger

Durham residents have equitable access to healthy food, all people make a living wage.

Durham taxes eradicate hunger

Gardens, gardens everywhere

Eating becomes right not privilege

Durham leads state in free school lunches

Durham serves two healthy meals per day accessible to all students

Durham unveils new food trail

Community gardens

DPS teach gardening at every school

Durham declares itself 100% food sufficient

Tripled number of farmers in Durham County

Durham bans artificial colors in food

Uses PUV back taxes to purchase farmland

Durham makes kale the food of the city

DFC announces 90% of food sale institutions use 90% locally grown food.

Reducing pesticide use



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