Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kicking Off our 10th Year at the FoodWhat Winter Gathering Event!

This is what eloquent, confident, and powerful youth spreading across ten years of FoodWhat look like!

We began the evening with butternut curry squash soup, carrot pesto, crackers, meats, cheeses and of course fresh FoodWhat popcorn! Then everyone gathered up for the "Voices of Change" youth panel. 

In the photo above, here's Doron (on the right) passing the mic across Jo (now 25 and from the first FW Crew in 2007) to Uriel (2014), Max (2011), Brandon (2009), and Bri (2015). If you weren't there in person, imagine being totally inspired by these youth, ages 15-25, telling their stories of where they were in their lives when they joined FoodWhat, of their direct transformations and seeds of radical growth sown during their time at FW, and what they are most proud of in their lives at this moment. Then go for the wide view of how FoodWhat has been a space for hundreds of youth over the past decade to choose to step into their personal strength and experience their own success. 


As the night came to an end, FoodWhat youth alumni and community members signed our 10-year "yearbook" leaving sweet messages about their time with FoodWhat and their hopes for FoodWhat's future. With our Spring Internship starting TODAY with 56 newly hired youth, we're launching fast into our next decade. It's both exciting and uplifting to think of the stories these youth will be able to share at the end of this year with FoodWhat and years down the line!  

HUGE thanks to our super generous and welcoming host PATAGONIA; we're deeply grateful to El Salchichero, the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm, Companion Bakeshop, Whale City Bakery, and The Penny Ice Creamery for providing produce, food and linens; and much love and thanks to all of you who joined us, all the love and respect you show the youth, your incredible support for FoodWhat and fueling the programs that make these stories over the years possible!
More photos are up on Facebook - if you haven't already liked FoodWhat's page please check it out and feel free to tag yourself!  Winter Gathering 2016 Photos

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