CO-SPONSORED EVENT | Beginning Farmers and Feeding Community

February 8, 2022 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

“Beginning Farmers and Feeding Community”

Marcus Coleman and Angela Chalk

Angela Chalk is the Executive Director of Healthy Community Services in New Orleans, an organization that helps residents grow their understanding about how coastal land loss and flood risk impacts communities. She serves on the American Public Health Climate Health & Equity Advisory Board and is a Past President of the Louisiana Public Health Association. She enjoys cooking traditional creole dishes with crops grown at Healthy Community Services Urban Green Infrastructure Farm.


Dr. Marcus Coleman seeks to foster healthy, strong, and sustainable community food systems that are inclusively beneficial to all, economically, socially, environmentally, and politically. He has extensive experience working at 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities and has been deeply involved working with a statewide farmer-led peer networking and mentoring collaborative in Louisiana. Dr. Coleman currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor for Strategy, Leadership, and Analytics in the Tulane University School of Liberal Arts.


Food Literacy for All is a community-academic partnership course based at the University of Michigan. Structured as an evening lecture series, Food Literacy for All features different guest speakers each week to address challenges and opportunities of diverse food systems. Food Literacy for All is free and open to the public.

The winter 2022 course begins on Tuesday evening, January 11, 2022. If you have questions, please contact [email protected] or find more information here: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/sustainablefoodsystems/foodliteracyforall

Speaker schedule:

Feb 1 Fatima Stanford
“The Role of Weight Bias on Health Outcomes”

Feb 8 Marcus Coleman and Angela Chalk
“Beginning Farmers and Feeding Community”

Feb 15 Priya Fielding-Singh
“How the Other Half Eats: the Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America”

Feb 22 Hi’ilei Hobart
“What Shave Ice Teaches us About Refreshment, Race, Colonialism, and Body Politics”

Mar 8 Deanna Belleny
“Cultivating a Food System Grounded in Equity: The Role of Healthcare and Healthcare Providers”

Mar 15 Ashanté Reese and Malik Yakini
“Where Food Justice Theory Meets Practice: Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of Food”

Mar 22 Savala Nolan
“Why Fatphobia? Understanding the Roots and Uses of Anti-fat Bias”

Mar 29 Alita Kelly, Jason Bang, Raphael Wright
“Small Grocer Panel: Supplying Kimchi and Collards during a Global Pandemic”

Apr 5 Anthony Hatch
“Metabolism Cages for New World Animals, Large and Small”

Apr 12 Fast Food for Thought
10 interdisciplinary UM faculty members will give a series of fast-paced talks (5 min each) related to food and/or agriculture

Apr 19 Final Class


Food Literacy for All is hosted by the UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative. The 2022 course is supported by the CEW+ Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, the Residential College, the School of Public Health’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, the Taubman Institute, the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the Department of American Culture, and the Department of Anthropology.