This post is about my partnership in South Madison. Reading the most recent story at the Capital Times about our project could potentially be misleading as this may be perceived as just another job training trying to help Formerly Incarcerated Individuals (FIIs). FIIs are not the problem. FIIs are part of our solution in developing a strong and just local food system in South Madison.
First, it is very possible that we have not been able to communicate clearly about what is it that we want to do with the project. It is very convenient to think that our project is just another job training for FIIs who lack of skills and lack of trust when trying to reenter the society. This project is thought to bring together a group of saviors who will give the skills and jobs to FIIs. No, we are not a savior, and this project is not a job training. We are using the job training as a means, but the ultimate goal is to build a strong connection between the commercial urban agriculture skills and the food desert community where these FIIs are a part of. Continue reading It’s more than just a job training, it is a civic engagement project