Debbie Hillman is explaining how, in her mid-fifties, she decided to start working exclusively on food issues in Evanston, and how she was able to convince others to work alongside her. And she’s paging through an information packet she’s brought with her, documentation of her work on food issues. Her handouts.
We want to be engaged in—we don’t want somebody to be telling us to keep narrowing our vision. I think that’s what we do in our educational settings, we limit the things that children can see and experience. We take them outside where it’s almost impossible to limit experience. The metaphor is, look at what we do with horses in traffic. We put blinders on them. That’s what school walls sometimes are. But the minute you take people outside, any of us, the sensory things that are going on—wind, sound, taste, smell, the ability to move: school gardens are a incredible classroom.
And then I do have handouts, cause really the main thing is how we’re gonna change the food system. These urban farms and school gardens are very good places to talk about things, but we really have to change our federal policy. So we took a first step in Illinois.