Nominated by Gregory Dicum
When everyone's talking local food systems, here are some folks who have actually built one, and in a seriously disadvantaged city to boot. They've been at it for seven years now -- it takes time for food, and young minds, to grow -- and now they are on the cusp of closing the food loop in West Oakland by opening a permanent store to complement their mobile market, urban farms, and job training programs. People's Grocery is not just a brilliant idea; it's a brilliant idea that is being executed well, by people who give it the time it needs to root in the community. If you haven't heard of them, it's just that they are too busy getting their hands dirty to spend much time promoting themselves.
Nominator Gregory Dicum is a freelance writer and author based in San Francisco who writes about travel, food, and the natural world.
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