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Mile High Locavorist

An interview-driven podcast connecting you with the people and energy of Denver's local food movement. Hear from pioneering chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, gardeners as well as non-profit, government and business leaders, all working to build the Mile High City’s local food ecosystem. Mile High Locavorist champions everything produced and processed in the Denver region from fruits and vegetables to meat and dairy, as well beer, wine and spirits, baked goods and other products with an emphasis on organic and sustainable.
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Oct 7, 2015

On the Westwood Food Coop – “I’m excited about it but my excitement doesn’t even compare to the excitement of this community when they say, ‘we’re going to own this store,’ and the pride there is palpable.” – Eric Kornacki 

Since 2007, Re:Vision has worked in the Westwood neighborhood in west Denver in pursuit of their mission to “develop resident leaders, cultivate community food systems, and grow self-sufficient economies.” Why Westwood? Well, it’s a food desert, one of many in Denver and across America. Over the last eight years, Re:Vision has gone from an idea inspired by a trip to Nicaragua to portfolio of programs that, among other things, supports over 400 families in growing their own food. This is the largest concentrated community-led urban agriculture project in America.

Eric Kornacki is Executive Director & Co-Founder of Re:Vision. Along with his co-founder, Joseph Teipel, and a Re:Vision team that now numbers over twenty, Eric’s made a big impact in Denver already and has more in the works. Most notably, Re:Vision is in the process of opening the Westwood Food Cooperative, rehabilitating a 74,000 sq. neighborhood junkyard to house Denver’s very first full service grocery store that is led and run by a community living in a food desert. (I’m a happy charter member.)

Listen in to a conversation with a man with a vision for how to transform urban food systems here and across the country.

– IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN –

  • What “food desert” really means and how they begin
  • What makes Westwood a special neighborhood
  • How the social determinants of health can perpetuate food deserts
  • How Eric came full circle with his own eating habits
  • What motivated Eric to start Re:Vision and move to the community he was serving
  • How we need to “follow the money” in how our food dollars support our communities…or don’t
  • What “market leakage” means and how Re:Vision plans to plug the hole
  • How Eric inspired Westwood to meet their own needs by opening a grocery store that they own
  • How the Westwood model can be replicated and how local models must match the communities they serve
  • How people both in and outside food deserts can help with the problem of food access
  • Why every community that relies on food from the outside is a food desert

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– THANKS FOR LISTENING –

This episode (#15) comes from Mile High Locavorist.

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