Report Back & Video – Food Justice Bike Tour

DC Fair Food and Three Part Harmony Farm successfully pulled off Washington DC’s first ever “Food Justice Bike Tour & Community Dinner“! About 30 people came out on Father’s Day, June 21st, to show their support for #FoodJusticeDC movement in the District, urban farming and national farmworker organizing.

Activists on bikes can travel much faster than any march from one location to another (photo: Luke of DC Direct Action News).

Our bike ride began by stopping at Ben & Jerry’s in Georgetown to deliver a letter delegation calling on Ben & Jerry’s to support farmworker rights in the Vermont dairy industry (a new campaign by Migrant Justice, “Milk for Dignity,” that we are excited to be supporting).

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Outside the Ben & Jerry’s in Georgetown (photo: Luke of DC Direct Action News).
Entering the Ben and Jerry’s in Georgetown with a letter concerning worker conditions in Vermont’s dairy factory farms.
Entering the Ben and Jerry’s in Georgetown with a letter concerning worker conditions in Vermont’s dairy factory farms (photo: Luke of DC Direct Action News).

View a video of our letter delivery here!

Next, we stopped at Bread for the City and heard from Sustainable Agriculture and Community Engagement Manager, Zachari Curtis, to learn about food access,  community health issues and the role Bread for the Coty has played in the Shaw community since the 1968 riots. After that, we biked on to visit Jeremiah Lowrey, Research and Policy Coordinator from Restaurant Opportunities Center DC. Jeremiah spoke to us about the work ROC DC does to build worker power within the service industry.

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Jeremiah Lowery of ROC DC speaking to the bike riders.
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Finally, we ended our bike ride at the beautiful Three Part Harmony Farm located on a 2-acre plot of land in Brookland, NE. Three Part Harmony Owner and Operator, Gail Taylor, welcomed us along with her farm crew to enjoy a delicious home cooked picnic dinner incorporating many of the crops grown on the farm itself.

Gail Taylor of Three Part Harmony Farm speaking to the bike riders.
Gail Taylor of Three Part Harmony Farm speaking to the bike riders.
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This Food Justice Bike Tour and Community Dinner was a huge success in bringing several members of our local Washington DC food system together to build community, discuss our vision of a food justice and support the urban farming and farmworker organizing that we believe in!

We extend a particular thanks to our partners in this event who provided food and drink for the dinner: Three Part Harmony Farm, Copycat Co, Misfit Juicery.

Additional press coverage by DC Direct Action News: “DC Food Justice Bike Tour Enters Georgetown Ben and Jerry’s with Labor Demands

 

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