Daily Activities

In the interest of helping my family, friends, neighbors, and other human beings understand what I do under the label Food + Farms + Democracy, here is how I spend most of my waking hours.

A. MONITOR MEDIA: Listservs, News outlets, Social media

1. Food-and-Farm Listservs

–COMFOOD (Tufts University):  Community food security
–COMFOODJOBS (Tufts University):  job postings only
–Food Policy Networks – FPN (Johns Hopkins University): supports food policy councils (FPCs)
–North American Food Systems Network – NAFSN (Cornell University): professional development

–Regeneration Midwest
– RMW (13 states): regenerative agriculture in ND, SD, NE, KS, MO, IA, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, KY
–GoodGreens – not a listserv but an essential e-list for the Midwest
6 Midwest states (IL, IN, WI, MN, OH, MI)
USDA Food & Nutrition Service, Midwest Office (downtown Chicago)

–Illinois Farmers Market Assn. – IFMA
–Illinois Local Food and Farms Coalition – ILFFC

–Advocates for Urban Agriculture – AUA (Greater Chicago)
–Chicago Weed Ordinance: native plants
–Sustain Evanston: general sustainability agenda


2.  News Media — too many to list 
In These Times – Rural America
The Guardian
The Nation
New Food Economy


3.  Social Media — too many to list and constantly changing


B. WRITING:  high-impact topics and gaps in the public conversations
1.  Blog
2.  Tips to media
3.  Posts on food-and-farm listservs
4.  Twitter: Tweets + Replies


C. RESPOND to personal emails and phone calls.  Most personal communications are
1.  Requests for help (often referrals) to
— learn about food-and-farm systems
— get a feel for food-and-farm projects in Greater Chicago
— find a job in food-and-farm work
— meet about a specific Evanston-based food-and-farm project
— find specific resources (people, organizations, grants, etc.)
2.  Invitations to
— attend a local food-and-farm event
— attend a local civic engagement event
— collaborate on a group process


D. ATTEND Meetings and Events
These days, I spend very little time in meetings or attending events.  Most food-and-farm projects are still not working actively in the democracy realm, which makes it easy to keep a clear calendar.


E. RESEARCH: Identify, investigate, design, & promote democratic models 
participatory budgeting
co-operative business and organizational models
public banking and other monetary reforms
food-and-farm councils
hands-on education


F. PROMOTE specific people, organizations, and events that have a mature or special understanding of democratic food-and-farm systems
Authors, Artists, Filmmakers, Activists