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The importance of the "hustle" in supporting food justice - Karyn Moskowitz

Karyn Moskowitz

Karyn Moskowitz

Name

Karyn Moskowitz

 

Current place of residence

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

 

What is your current occupation/work?

I help run a small, grassroots nonprofit organization, New Roots. We believe fresh food is a human right. NEW ROOTS works with fresh food insecure communities to create sustainable systems for accessing the farm-fresh food we all need to be healthy and happy. We recruit develop and support leaders/volunteers to drive and sustain the Fresh Stop Markets. Fresh Stop Markets are “pop up” farm-fresh food markets set up at local churches and community centers in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. The food has been paid for in advance so that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as they do with a standard farmers’ market.

 

When and where did you work with Maurice?

I began working with Maurice in 2009 and have worked with him on and off for 7 years.

 

What kind of work did you do when you worked with Maurice?

He was a mentor to me.

 

What kind of growth/transformation happened for you (and/or for the people you served) because of your work with Maurice?

Changed my life. Became a community organizer. Never hit a brick wall without quickly turning the corner to try something new (Maurice's great metaphor that has kept me sane).

 

How has working with Maurice benefitted you and/or uplifted you?

He's the bomb. I think of Maurice all the time when I feel lonely or isolated in this movement. Even though he is not physically present here in Kentucky I know he is in NC fighting the good fight and that is comforting and strengthening.

 

What would you say to someone who is interested in working with Maurice in the future?

Go for it!

 

Memories and Stories

Maurice taught me the importance of the "hustle." That is, to keep moving, find money in any way you can, to support the food justice habit. It has worked!

 

A Few Words…

Changing hearts and minds, one at a time.

 

Anything else?

Thanks Maurice. Keep up the hustle!

 

 

 

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The old red truck, respect, community, and (brutal) honesty - Lindsey Carver

Lindsey Carver in action at the farm.

Lindsey Carver in action at the farm.

Name

Lindsey Carver

Current place of residence

Cary, NC, USA

What is your current occupation/work?

AmeriCorps Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at The Conservation Fund

When and where did you work with Maurice?

August 2013 through December 2013 at 500 Hoke Street in Raleigh, NC

 For how long did you work with Maurice?

Five months (Once an intern, always an intern?)

 What kind of work did you do when you worked with Maurice?

Compost
Compost
Water catchment
Recycling found materials
Time with Ms. Thelma, including planting our row together
Rose bush trimming
Basil trimming
Vermicomposting
Community relationships
Donations from local companies
Donating supplies to community gardens
Building new gardens
Y Learning Garden
Longview School
Some more compost

What kind of growth/transformation happened for you (and/or for the people you served) because of your work with Maurice?

The words respect, community, and (brutal) honesty come to mind.

 How has working with Maurice benefitted you and/or uplifted you?

As a white, privileged member of the middle class, I have to be mindful of how I approach community work. Maurice helped me reflect on the reality of community food systems and where it might be appropriate and impactful for me to fit in. I am still figuring out my niche, but Maurice has been supportive along the way.

 What would you say to someone who is interested in working with Maurice in the future?

If you are unsure about committing to an internship, I would encourage you to try it. Even if you do not go on to do food systems work, Maurice offers a unique perspective on food and life that will no doubt impact you.

 Memories and Stories

I remember driving around in the old red truck and seeing how big a load we could carry. I remember both laughing and having serious conversations about race with Ms. Thelma.

 A Few Words…

Maurice approaches his work strategically with a goal in mind, but he knows how to garner community support and buy-in to promote change in a respectful manner.

Ms. Thelma, Maurice and the Red Truck

Ms. Thelma, Maurice and the Red Truck

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