Tribute to Evan Weissman on behalf of the Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance


  • Maura Ackerman Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance
  • Mary Carney Independent Consultant
  • Brandy Colebrook Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE)
  • Nel Gaudé Syracuse University
  • Elissa Johnson PrattMWP
  • LaToya Jones Healthcare Education Project Syracuse
  • David Knapp Onondaga County Legislature
  • Jessi Lyons Brady Farm
  • Peter Ricardo Food Bank of Central New York
  • Jonnell Robinson Syracuse University
  • Rachel Viens Syracuse City School District
  • Curtis Waterman Onondaga Nation Farm



Tribute, Food Systems, Food Policy Council


First paragraphs:

Professor Evan Weissman was a driving force behind the formation of the Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance (SOFSA)—a newly established food policy council based in the city to which he was so deeply com­mitted. Evan was a tireless advocate for the need for coordinated efforts across the food system in order to achieve the transformational change he saw as foundational to achieving justice for all. SOFSA’s work will be just one of the many pieces of the enduring legacy of the life he lived and the values he held so deeply.

By building a robust network of partners across sectors, SOFSA aims to strengthen our local food system so that it works for all people in our community. We believe that the health of our neighbors and our environment are deeply intertwined. In order to ensure that both can thrive, we must dismantle the structural systems that drain resources from our community and the land on which we depend. Yet to do this, we cannot operate in isolation. We must pool our collective wisdom and amplify existing assets to catalyze the change we seek. . . .


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Author Biographies

Maura Ackerman, Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance


Brandy Colebrook, Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE)

Agriculture Programs Director

Nel Gaudé, Syracuse University

Alum, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

Elissa Johnson, PrattMWP

Adjunct Professor of Science & Ecology

LaToya Jones, Healthcare Education Project Syracuse

Regional Healthcare Organizer

David Knapp, Onondaga County Legislature


Jessi Lyons, Brady Farm


Peter Ricardo, Food Bank of Central New York

Product Donations Manager

Jonnell Robinson, Syracuse University

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment

Rachel Viens, Syracuse City School District

Director of Food & Nutrition Services

Curtis Waterman, Onondaga Nation Farm


Food as a Tool for Social Change, sponsored by Falk College, Syracuse University



How to Cite

Ackerman, M., Carney, M., Colebrook, B., Gaudé, N., Johnson, E., Jones, L., Knapp, D., Lyons, J., Ricardo, P., Robinson, J., Viens, R., & Waterman, C. (2021). Tribute to Evan Weissman on behalf of the Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(4), 27–28.