Occupy Wall Street Farmers’ March Celebrates Foodie Power

In early December, Occupy Wall Street members gathered to march in New York City. Of course, OWS has been demonstrating in NYC for almost 4 months, so it wasn’t the march itself that was surprising–it was the people who organized and participated in it.

On December 4, 2011, foodies and farmers from across the country joined the Occupy Wall Street Farmers March for “a celebration of community power to regain control over the most basic element to human well-being: food.”

The Farmers March began at La Plaza Cultural Community Gardens where urban and rural farmers addressed an excited crowd about the growing problems in our industrial food system and the promise offered by solutions based in organic, sustainable and community based food and agricultural production. This was followed by a 3-mile march from the East Village to Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Watch the video below to see what happens when farmers join with their urban allies to fight for a fairer, more sustainable food system.

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37 comments

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Dan B.
Dan Brook3 years ago

We are the 99%!

Anton K.
Past Member 4 years ago

Hooray for the farmers, I hope solidarity continues to develop.

Alan B.
Alan B.4 years ago

The well known BASTARDRY of BIG BUSINESS is apparent every where you might like to look,but they are still only the 1%,so the people of 99% WILL WIN BY BEING SMART! Yes buy "local"; shaft the big dudes at EVERY opportunity! Perhaps hundreds of helium balloons with fishing lines attached,interwoven,including fish hooks,tinsel,released around their buildings,so the hooks would cling to buildings,could completely shut down the pricks communications,WOW how would that be! Worth having a shot I say!

Alan B.
Alan B.4 years ago

The well known BASTARDRY of BIG BUSINESS is apparent every where you might like to look,but they are still only the 1%,so the people of 99% WILL WIN BY BEING SMART! Yes buy "local" shaft the big dudes at EVERY opportunity! Perhaps hundreds of helium balloons with fishing lines attached,interwoven,including fish hooks,tinsel,released around their buildings,so the hooks would cling to buildings,could completely shut down the pricks communications,WOW how would that be! Worth having a shot I say!

Kathryn Edwards
Kathryn Edwards4 years ago

Big Agra gets huge subsides because of the way these laws were written. We should only give subsides to small family run organic farms; none to these huge corporations. If we did this we would have more reasonable prices for organic produce and meat.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

FARMERS You ROCK!!!

KARLOLINA G.
KARLOLINA G.4 years ago

I am proud of our FARMERS. *holding a pitch fork high* MARCH ON FARMERS, MARCH ON. KUDOS to you all.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Great article. Thanks

Bec Mason
Bec Mason4 years ago

Support your farmers! Buy local when you can :)