Strawberry & Justice Festival

The Strawberry & Justice Festival is a free annual campus and community event with a focus on food, fun, and education hosted each May by the students of the Food Systems Working Group (FSWG).

The 2021 Strawberry & Justice Festival featured live music, a panel discussion on social justice and environmental topics related to strawberry production, a workshop on jam and preserves making, and a strawberry galette meal kit cooking event with the Cowell Coffee Shop. Watch the event recordings below!

Download the festival slideshow for a schedule of events and useful information and resources.

Event Recordings

Strawberry Galette Workshop with Cowell Coffee Shop


Speaker Panel with James Nakahara and Irene Juarez O'Connell

For our panel this year we were honored to welcome back James Nakahara along with a new speaker, Irene Juarez O’Connell, to talk about their work in the advocacy and direct aid of local farmworkers. James has over a decade of experience in various fields of agriculture, and now works with Kitchen Table Advisors supporting the sustainability of small farms and ranchers through 1:1 coaching and business management support. Irene is a local mentor, educator, artist, and organizer of the Campesinx Womb Care Project, which supports the reproductive health of Indigenous farmworkers along the Central Coast through the distribution of womb care kits. To find out more about the project, visit their Instagram at campesinxwombcare. Irene joined FoodWhat in 2016 with experience in community organizing around youth violence prevention, and currently serves as Programs Manager.

Musical performances with Gina René and Wyatt Smith

Gina René, who will be performing first at 6pm, is an internationally known American singer and songwriter who discovered her voice through a series of colorful life experiences. She will be performing with drummer, music producer, and keyboardist Seth “Million 7” Theodore. Together, Gina René & Million 7 bring over 58+ years of combined musical knowledge, family legacy, and live performance experience from producing to drumming & keys to emceeing to songwriting to singing on stages and spaces around the world. Think R&B soul meets Reggae Roots meets jazz, Hip-Hop, spoken word, and beyond.

Wyatt Smith, who will take the virtual stage at 6:45pm, is the solo recording project of Ava Smith from Oakland. Smith has been a staple in the underground rock scene in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz since 2017 and has released 5 full-length records and has been on 3 west coast tours. Typically she performs with a live band delivering a lot of energy and loud fuzzy guitars and soft vocals. While Ava’s music is often deeply personal, many people in the LGBTQ community have grown deeply attached to it; these are the people she wants her music to reach.

Jam/Preserves Workshop

Demeter Seed Librarians Sam and Adria, along with a few members of their workshop committee from PICA, hosted a workshop on how to make strawberry jam while having an open conversation about the politics of strawberries and strawberry production.