Warehouse Talks is a quarterly gathering of city leaders, community organizers, social entrepreneurs, faith communities, and justice advocates that are tackling the underlying city-wide issues that can enable Charlotte to truly thrive.

NOV 14 / Food Justice & Thriving Neighborhoods

Food is the backbone of culture and a basic human need, yet many Charlotte residents have no access to fresh, nutritious food, and many more have no idea where or how their food was grown.

What would it take for the “food deserts” in Charlotte to disappear?
What if neighborhoods with high-risk of food insecurity not only had greater access to fresh food but also became hubs for sustainable, collaborative, joyful food production?

How might a transformed food culture impact the thriving of these neighborhoods as a whole? Come interact with an expert panel of community activists, social entrepreneurs, master gardeners, and non-profit leaders as we collaborate together for food justice and thriving neighborhoods.


Bernard Singleton / Master Gardener and Co-Founder of CEJS University of Light and Organic Gardens
Lynn Caldwell / Co-Founder of Suede Onion and the Charlotte Food Innovation District
Reggie Singleton / Executive Director of The Males Place & a Health Educator with the Mecklenburg County Health Department
Nate Ledbetter / Justice Pastor at Warehouse 242 and a certified trainer with the Christian Community Development Association

Get Involved Today

Learn about food insecurity in Charlotte by reading the State of the Plate report from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council.

Buy food from local farms and farmers markets.

Volunteer at a community garden near you or at Bennu Gardens by contacting Bernard Singleton.

Grow something yourself to the extent you are able, and share some harvest with your neighbors. (Check out this Gardening 101 Guide from Friendship Gardens)

Leverage your ideas, social capital, and businesses to support the local food economy by contacting Lynn Caldwell of Suede Onion.

Advocate for real food in schools by starting or maintaining a school garden or by volunteering with FoodCorps.