Using Radical Planning Strategies to Combat Food Apartheid

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Learning Outcomes

  • Examine food apartheid, and identify land-use, housing, and other governmental policies and practices that contribute to it.
  • Learn to look at communities from an asset- and opportunities-based analysis, rather than problem-based.
  • Identify community capital and cultural wealth, and learn to leverage these assets to support the health and well-being of residents.


Explore the creation of a farmers' market and food hub in Prince George's County, Maryland, located in a food desert and health enterprise zone. Although facing significant political and economic challenges, residents have organized to create a profitable farmers' market that supports 25 African-American-owned businesses. Find out about radical planning, a methodology rooted in critical race theory and community cultural wealth. Learn how to analyze communities for cultural wealth, which explores non-financial forms of wealth (familial capital, navigational capital, linguistic capital, etc.).

Hear from individuals who are typically not considered planners as they discuss how they have been able to combat the legacy of slavery and other historic injustices in the United States through the lens of food and food organizing.