This week I helped a couple of the Slow Food Programs staff members prepare for the Food Justice Summit. The Food and Justice Summit (http://realfoodchallenge.org/nefoodjustice2011) is an event held by The Real Food Challenge as a venue for college students to discuss and to learn about relevant food issues. Hamilton was even represented by group who made the trek up to Boston! Two members of the Slow Food team attended the Summit in Boston this past Friday to teach students how to host an “eat-in.” An “eat-in” is a potluck style meal that can be used for a celebration or as a form of activism and protest. The driving mission behind the “eat in” is to inspired people to come together to take control of their food choices and food production in world that seems increasingly dominated by food that is just too fast. When food is too fast, taste, quality and the meaning behind it is often sacrificed. We’re working to restore the food system - to make good, clean and fair food available for everyone.
For the prep meeting they went through their presentation and I gave my feedback and it turned into a really productive conversation. I was their target audience, so it was a perfect opportunity for me to use my point of view to contribute. We talked about better ways to encourage the audience to participate and how to make the students feel as if they could hold their own eat in at their respective schools. The event was definitely something relevant for me and it was great to be a part of the team. Sometimes being an intern is a tough position. Coming from a place like Hamilton, we have been trained to think critically and voice those critical opinions, but as an intern at the work place that is not always appropriate. There is a time and place to contribute, but often it is just a time to listen. You never want to overstep your boundaries but it is also important to feel like you contribute something to the team. I think my strategy is to stick along for the ride, but seek out moments, like this one, to assert myself.