Now in its second year, the HEAL School of Political Leadership (SoPL) supports teams of talented, passionate, food and farm justice leaders who are advocating for policies and solutions that will reimagine how our food and farm systems function. Over nine months, SoPL will equip a cohort of three teams comprised of 11 leaders with the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to lead campaigns and drive political change. Together we are creating a blueprint for inclusive, democratic food and farm systems that are accountable to all of our communities. We believe these renewed systems should prioritize:
Why SoPL? Why Now?
Our elected decision-makers are failing our communities. For too long the people who determine our food and farm policies have been placing profit over people and planet.
our Communities Drive Change
The best advocates for driving solutions to transform our food and farm systems are the leaders who share the values, hopes and experiences of the people most burdened by those systems.
The Time is Right
Across the country a surge of political energy is driving everyday people to take leadership in their communities.
to Transform the System
The HEAL SoPL equips participants with the tools, skills and knowledge to grow grassroots political leadership in their communities. It is time for new leadership and governance that truly works by and for the people.
The 2019-2020 HEAL SoPL leaders are teams of farmers, community activists, organizers, educators, and advocates working in diverse communities across the United States. Their work is creating pathways for a reimagined food and farm system - one in which every community has the right and the means to produce, procure, prepare, share, and eat nutritionally and culturally appropriate food free from exploitation of themselves, any other people, or the rest of the natural world.
Meet the leaders who are working to transform our food and farm systems
Urban Agriculture & Equity
Diné Food Sovereignty
New Food Economies
Your tax-deductible donation will support diverse leaders from across the country who are committed to developing solutions to reimagine our food and farm systems. Donate now to support the HEAL School of Political Leadership!