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Oct. 24: Food Day

FREDERICK, Md.—An author, grower and community activist will visit Hood College for Food Day on Oct. 24 to discuss building empowerment and community through food and storytelling.

Natasha Bowens will give her lecture, “Is Justice Being Served? Reflecting On Our Food Movement,” at 6:30 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons. She will aim to explore the issues of justice and inclusivity in the Food Day movement while amplifying the role of communities of color and challenging the history and status quo of agricultural identity.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Bowens is the author of “The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming,” a book that discusses that the food and farm movement is about more than buying locally and protecting our soil; it is about preserving culture and community.

She spent the past five years gathering stories and portraits of farmers and food activists from Black, Latina, Asian and Native communities across the country—stories that invite her audience to dig deep into race, culture and community. Her work has garnered national media attention such as the Atlantic, Mother Earth News, VICE, YES! Magazine and NPR. She has shared her work across the country from Tuskegee University to Harvard University and from the National Organic Farming Association to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most recently, her words have become part of the food and culture exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Bowens currently resides with her husband and daughter in Frederick, Maryland, where she runs community gardens and gardening and cooking programs in Frederick’s public housing communities.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Hood College Graduate School, the Graduate Student Association, the Center for Global Studies and the HealthyU Committee. To register, fill out this survey. For more information, contact April Boulton at 301-696-3600 or