"We live in an area that's impacted with the lack of community gardens and organic food at corner stores, so we showed them how to grow organic food, make juice from it and sell it at the Mo' Betta Green Farmers' Market in Five Points. But we also taught them about environmental and holistic health, yoga and the effects of obesity and food-related diseases," Cavem explains of the class he helped lead with his wife, Neambe.
But aside from all those positive lessons, there was another upshot to the program: DJ Cavem's new album, The Teacher's Lounge, and especially the cut (and attendant video) "Wheat Grass," a positive collaboration with his students. "We had them in the garden, working and dancing, over the summer. We want to use the video as a form of education for young people and adults, to talk about food justice through hip-hop culture."
DJ Cavem will be taking "Wheat Grass" on the road this fall, and eventually all the way to Nairobi, where he'll travel under the auspices of the Bold Food Fellowship. But not before tonight's 10 p.m. video-release party and tour kickoff at the Funky Buddha. If you can't make it, here's a taste: