This lecture will feature LaDonna Redmond, a community food security activist working on Chicago’s west side. She is the President and CEO of The Institute for Community Resource Development (ICRD), which converts Chicago’s vacant lots into grow sites, creates farmers’ markets, and works to influence food policy. ICRD also works on other issues that relate to sustainability, which include encouraging the use of local land to grow food, assisting community residents to develop farmer’s markets, food buying clubs and Co-ops that are linked with family owned organic produce and meet farms in the region.
Ms. Redmond has presented locally, nationally, and internationally to food industry leaders, policy makers and heads of state concerning community safety and food access. Her work has been featured in the local news and print media, including ABC, NBC, WTTW, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Conscious Choice, and Chicago Parent. Ms. Redmond was the 2003 and 2006 recipient of the Chicago Tribune’s Good Food Award. TIME magazine has recognized her as a “food innovator” and Essence magazine as a “woman shaping the world.”
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