Hosted by Aja Schmeltz

For this episode, Aja went down to Brooklyn, NY to meet up with Ora Wise. They had an amazing conversation about what Just Transition looks like in action, how embracing hard decisions can help to achieve goals and bring clarity to a vision and aperitivo!

Ora Wise is a queer chef, community weaver, and cultural producer based in Brooklyn. She builds critical bridges between the food world and grassroots organizing for liberation, strengthening regenerative food systems, boosting capacity, investing in local economies, and practicing collective care. She is co-founder of FIG, a grassroots collective of people working in food systems to develop collaborative strategies that address the interlocking issues of environmental sustainability, food sovereignty, racial equity and economic justice.

Grounded in Popular Education as a movement building model, she spent over a decade designing curriculum for creative projects connecting local and global struggles for abolition, decolonization, and collective liberation, including Slingshot Hip Hop, Detroit Future Media, and The Knotted Line. As Culinary Producer for the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, she has produced multiple community dinners and directed The Dream Cafe, an experimental pop-up restaurant presenting community meals sourced from and created by Black, migrant, and Indigenous chefs and urban farmers. Her current work is focused on building community-owned infrastructure for food distribution based in a solidarity economy through FIG’s Food Security Program in partnership with Black Trans Liberation, TRANSgrediendo, Rock Steady Farm, and Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, including weekly prepared meals, community
fridges, fresh groceries, and culinary education.

Her projects have been featured in New York Times, Eater, Detroit Free Press, and Bon Appetit.
She was awarded the On Being Project’s Social Healing Fellowship 2021-2022.

Check out FIG's Instagram page!