388: Jess Mazour on Building a Resilient Food System.

Reinforcing local food and ag in the heartland of America.


Jess is a Farm & Environment Organizer for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), a 5,000-member non-profit. She organizes with local communities to develops statewide strategies to stop corporate factory farms from building.  In 2013-2015 Jess worked with a 10-state coalition of farm and ranch groups to develop a new narrative around Food and Ag Justice. Jess also built a citizen lobby team at the Iowa Statehouse to lobby for policies that build a food and ag system that works for farmers, eaters, workers, and the environment.

Don’t miss an episode!
Click here to sign up for podcast updates

At home Jess is a beginning urban farmer in Des Moines selling heirloom plants, local produce, and other homemade/homegrown goods at a local farmers market.
 


In This Podcast:

There can be no doubt that Jess Mazour is dedicated to building a better food system – and she is doing it for those that grow food, those that eat it, and to protect the communities and environment that surround farms. Her passion is strong and is a resource for families and farmers in Iowa as she helps educate and empower the “little guys” to work together to benefit the whole community.

 

Listen in and learn about:

    • Why she is so focused on making a change in the food system
    • Growing up in rural Iowa and how this community is so connected to Farming
    • Starting up with Citizens for Community Improvement
    • What is wrong in the food system
    • How hog farming is affecting the community
    • How small town are being affected by the new model of farming
    • Why Iowa is losing 5 tons of soil a year
    • The problem with manure from the factory farms
    • Looking for a just solution that connects to our values
    • Food should nourish our bodies and souls
    • 500 ranchers, farmers, workers and eaters submitted their most important values
    • The compilation document that summarized their points
    • Taking the power back to the community
    • Three strategies on how people can make a difference
    • What the word “narrative” means

As well as:

Her failure – When she was ready to give up growing tomatoes

Her success – Her career at Citizens for Community Improvement

Her drive – Watching people recognize their power

An Epic Moment – The time she helped fight off a huge pork slaughterhouse despite a City Council approval

Her advice – Get Involved

Jess’s Podcast recommendations:

Democracy Now Podcast with Amy Goodwin and Juan Gonzales

How to reach Jess: 

Website: www.iowacci.org

Email: jess@iowacci.org

 UrbanFarm.org/cci


Note: You can also find these books mentioned above at one of our favorite local independent bookstores and know that you are supporting a small business.


*Disclosure:
Some of the links in our podcast show notes and blog posts are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase, we will earn a nominal commission at no cost to you. We offer links to items recommended by our podcast guests and guest writers as a service to our audience and these items are not selected because of the commission we receive from your purchases. We know the decision is yours, and whether you decide to buy something is completely up to you. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Post comment