UM and Harvard Law Students Research Food Economy Issues in the MS Delta

The Transactional Legal Clinic at the UM Law School and the UM Center for Population Studies, in partnership with Harvard Law School, are planning a series of focus group discussions and interviews in the Miss. Delta over spring break, March 13-16.

Clinic students will conduct the research in Tutwiler and Clarksdale, asking community members questions about how they are resourceful, creative and innovative when it comes to preparing, growing, harvesting and buying food.

Student participants’ goal is to uncover the various ways in which these individuals are “filling the gaps” that exist between access to food and survival. The Clinic hopes this project is the first of many to identify opportunities for supporting better food availability and food-based economic redevelopment in the Miss. Delta. Going forward, the Clinic plans to concentrate some of its resources to assist in the creation of thriving businesses that help meet the demand for food in the region.

The series will culminate with a collaborative World Café Discussion at 1 p.m. on March 16th at the Cutrer Mansion in Clarksdale. Budding entrepreneurs from the region who are interested in joining the food-related discussion are encouraged to attend.

The Transactional Legal Clinic’s mission is to provide low-income entrepreneurs and non-profit start-ups the legal services they require to become successful businesses and organizations.

For more information, please contact Allison Korn (915.6823) or Marie Cope (915.7413), or by email at: umfoodworks@gmail.com.