What We Do
We strive to offer and support opportunities for learning that help us to support our food system and build better communities.
Our learning circles are designed to be a participatory structure for group reflection, dialogue, and planning based on selected scholarship and emergent topics.
Our Center is home to a number of state and regional programs supporting food systems-based community development at the nexus of food, agriculure, and society.
The Center supports a number of projects related to and in support of regional food systems and community transformation.
Center fellows bring the aims of the Center to their communities as leaders, educators, and advocates for equity, justice, and health in our food and farming systems.
Article ItemPreserving and Reviving Yesá Culture through Food, Language, and Sacred Places , article
The presentation will discuss how a movement of cultural revitalization began with ancestral seeds and evolved to bring about a resurgence of traditional food practices and lifeways that have fostered Yesá community identity and belonging through language and cultural learning. Yesá refers to “the people” of Eastern Siouan communities descended from the Monacan Alliance, whose ancestral territories spanned throughout the Appalachian piedmont, ridge and valley, and mountains from the falls lines in Richmond, Virginia, west into West Virginia and south into North Carolina. The talk will provide both a historical perspective of Yesá food practices and how they shaped the landscapes of this region as well as examine the current experiences of Yesá communities that are fighting to reclaim and protect sacred places, seeds, and the traditions that connect them to their ancestral homelands for future generations.
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