Resources for Classrooms and Conversations

Rams Read offers faculty, peer leaders, and community members a facilitation guide with resources for using The Color of Food to create thoughtful, careful, and productive dialogue. (Once you fill out the Qualtrics survey, we will share the guide with you.)

Also, check out Morgan Library’s Libguide for additional resources.

Facilitation Trainings

Rams Read offers trainings on facilitating dialogue-based discussions around The Color of Food. See training dates for the sessions below, and sign up at these links!


The Color of Food Facilitation Guide

(Fill out the Qualtrics survey and we’ll send the guide to you.)

Food Justice Resources

There are many ideas for getting involved with local, regional, and food justice communities in Colorado:

  • Organize a site visit at a local organization where students can hear from local/regional experts and learn how to extend the ideas in The Color of Food to their own lives.
  • Participate in local advocacy events like CSU’s Cans Around the Oval or the Fort Collins annual Thanksgiving Day walk/run in support of the Larimer County Food Bank.
  • Visit a local food market such as one of the farmer’s markets in the region. Walk through twice. Notice which foods and stands are most popular with consumers. Walk through again with an eye toward representation. Who has a place in this market? Who is missing? Talk with vendors about their production methods and open a conversation. Before you leave, be sure to try out a new food.
  • Volunteer with a local CSA to contribute labor to a local farm (and often receive discounted produce).
  • Visit Fort Collins botanical gardens: The Gardens on Spring Creek, just south of our CSU main campus. Check out the vegetable gardens (all produce donated to Food Bank of Larimer County).
  • Set up a farm tour with CSU’s teaching agriculture site Ag Research Development & Education Center(ARDEC) and the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education
  • Cook or eat something featuring a new food, spice, or set of ingredients.  Reflect on your assumptions about the foods, their source, and the impact of using them.
  • Encourage intentional conversations about the relationship between food, race, and justice in your everyday interactions with family, friends, local business owners, church groups, recreational groups, etc.

CSU/Fort Collins/Larimer County


Southern Colorado

State-wide Organizations

Further Readings on Food Justice

  • The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communitiesby Will Allen
  • Divided Spirits: Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Productionby Sarah Bowen
  • More than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Changeby Garret Broad
  • Beginning to End Hungerby Jahi Chappel
  • Big Hunger: Why the Richest Nation on Earth Still Struggles with Food Insecurity by Andy Fisher
  • Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justiceby Eric Holt Gimenez and Raj Patel
  • American Catch: The Fight for our American Seafoodby Paul Greenberg
  • Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalismby Julie Guthman
  • Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planetby Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe
  • Formerly Known as Food: How the Industrial Food System is Changing our Mindsby Kristin Lawless
  • Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermontby Teresa Mares
  • Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eatby Marion Nestle
  • Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food Systemby Raj Patel
  • Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Lea Penniman
  • Black Food Geographiesby Ashante Reese
  • Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York Cityby Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen
  • Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supplyby Vandana Shiva
  • Freedom Farmers; Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement by Monica White