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Alice Waters and the Edible School Yard

YALI Washington Fellows Visit With Champion of Sustainable Food

Photo Credit: Cyrus Kawalya

“Food can be affordable, but it must never be cheap,” said Alice Waters in her meeting with the Young African Leaders Washington Fellows. “When food is too cheap, it is the farmer who pays the price.” Alice Waters is the proprietor of Chez Panisse restaurant, a champion of local, sustainable food and the founder of the Edible School Yard. She is also the Vice President of Slow Food International, a nonprofit organization that promotes local artisanal food traditions around the world.

Discussion topics in this lively meeting ranged from sustainable farming and food policies to the American model of education. 

The Young African Leadership Initiatve was launched by President Barack Obama to “give thousands of promising young Africans…the opportunity to come to the United States and develop [their] skills at some of our best colleges and universities.” From 50,000 applicants, 500 were chosen to come and study in the United States. The Goldman School is pleased to host twenty-five Washington Fellows in their study of civic leadership.