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Press Release – Award Winning Food Activist To Speak at Harvest Fest

August 18, 2012

From a Fair Food Matters press release….

Award-winning food activist Malik Yakini to speak at 2012 Harvest Fest

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the annual Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest will present award-winning food activist Malik Yakini as its keynote speaker.

Harvest Fest, a program of Fair Food Matters, is an annual, community-wide celebration of food, farming and sustainable living. It will take place Sunday, September 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Tillers International, 10515 East OP Avenue, Scotts, Michigan. Yakini will speak at 2 p.m.

Malik Kenyatta Yakini is a founder and the executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates the D-Town Farm, a seven-acre farm in Detroit, and led efforts to establish the Detroit Food Policy Council.

He served as a member of the Michigan Food Policy Council (2008-2010), and currently serves on the steering committee of Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System. From 1990-2011, he was executive director of Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy, one of Detroit’s leading African-centered schools.

Yakini is a Food and Community Fellow for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and was recently named one of five recipients of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.

He is dedicated to working to identify and alleviate the impact of racism in the food system, and in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces black farmers in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.

Yakini has presented at numerous local meetings and national conferences on food justice and community food security. He is featured in the book Blacks Living Green, and the movie “Urban Roots.” He is a vegan and an avid organic grower.

In addition to Yakini’s presentation, Harvest Fest will offer music, food, demonstrations and family activities throughout the day.

Admission is $10 per carload, $1 per person for busloads of 10 or more, and free for bicyclists.

The 2012 Harvest Fest is sponsored by Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine; The Audubon Society of Kalamazoo; Better World Builders; Four Elements Energy; Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones; Michigan Land Trustees; Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems; Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance; Natural Health Center; Sawall; Van Buren Conservation District; and Wiltse Kitchens.

For the latest information on Harvest Fest, please visit www.fairfoodmatters.org/harvestfest.

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