Podcast 38: Family Dinner And A School Bus: Roots of the Food Work of Sisters Nicole Breazeale and Becca Self
In middle school, Nicole Breazeale rode the bus from Morton Middle School to her family's home on South Upper Street, and learned that children her age did not have enough to eat. They certainly did not have the kind of spectacular garden-fresh food her mother grew and both her parents cooked nearly daily and for countless special meals with guests. After a few more years of school, Nicole became Dr. Nicole Breazeale, assistant professor of sociology at Western Kentucky University's Glasgow campus. Nicole credits her middle school experiences with accelerating her commitment to justice and fairness. She says, "A lot of the work I'm doing in my classes is to try to bring community projects into those classes." And her students have developed intriguing community projects that involve food. She introduces us to Project Breaking Ground in Glasgow, Kentucky, and we'll have her back to go deeper into that story.
Nicole's younger sister Rebecca says "We were really fortunate to grow up eating good food. And sharing good food." Becca says she grew up making daily mental notes about what she could contribute when the family gathered during the evening meal and asked each other, "What did you do today?"
Becca traces her work as leader of FoodChain to that sense of connection and belonging at the family table. During the show, she described some of the ways FoodChain works to forge new links between fresh food and community.
Such rootedness and sisterly sweetness in this show! Enjoy listening.