Buffalo, NY - Zoe Hollomon is a Community Economic Development practitioner living in Minneapolis, MN. She has worked to develop social enterprises with non-profit organizations and has over 7 years of experience in food justice and food systems development with the Massachusetts Avenue Project in Buffalo, NY. Zoe has a B.S. in Urban Planning from Cornell University and an M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. Zoe has been a community organizer and activist trainer for many years and has worked with youth and adult leaders, national organizations, foundations, academic institutions, elected officials, faith leaders, cooperatives and others to build equity in local communities. Zoe is a fellow with Green for All, with the Center for Whole Communities and currently serves on the board of Rooted In Community, a national network of youth and food policy organizations working to create more local and equitable food systems in the US
Recipient of the Fellows Fund micro-grant award for:
Feed the Roots, Growth trickles up: Connecting Young Leaders of the Food Justice Movement (Community Exchange)
Buffalo, MA- Massachusetts Avenue Project
With support from this Micro-grant program we will bring 5 youth and 2 staff from the Massachusetts Avenue Project/Growing Green to the RIC Summit July 27th-31st. There Growing Green youth, along with other RIC member youth, will plan a collective action campaign on food policy. RIC member organizations will leave the Summit with specific objectives and plans for local organizing to carry out in their communities over the next year, according to the policy agenda set at the RIC Summit. From July2011-October2011 RIC staff and MAP/Growing Green staff will help coordinate communication and planning regarding the RIC regional gathering in Buffalo and assure marketing and outreach is done to RIC members organizations for the Fall Regional Gathering in Buffalo October 14th-16th. With support from the micro-grant MAP/Growing Green will offer scholarship funds for at least 15 RIC member youth and adults to attend MAP's award winning Urban Agriculture and Food Policy Training. At this training youth from the northeast region will also meet to revisit the campaign goals and activities that were established at the RIC2011 summer Summit, address opportunities/challenges and do additional evaluation and planning for their campaign and for future RICs 2012 national gathering.