LaDonna Redmond, a community food security activist working on Chicago’s west side and Food and Society Fellow, is the President and CEO of The Institute for Community Resource Development (ICRD), which converts Chicago’s vacant lots into grow sites, creates community grocery markets, and works to influence food policy.
"My involvement in urban agriculture began with a simple wish to feed my son a healthy diet. After learning of his severe food allergies, I started to research the potential connection to food. I wanted to better understand what the proper diet for a 2 year old who was allergic to peanuts, shellfish, eggs, cheese and milk would look like!" This led Redmond on a search for fresh, organic food in her neighborhood: "My search for organic food in Chicago took me to grocery stores all over the city. On one of my long shopping excursions, I was disheartened to discover that I could not grocery shop in my own neighborhood. There was only one grocery store, and it did not carry organic food."
Redmond took matters into her own hands, and a food justice leader was born. We caught-up with LaDonna in Minneapolis and harvested a few of her ideas on the future of the movement: