Karyn Moskowitz

Karyn Moskowitz

We are just Louisville-centric enough to believe the whole world can learn from us.

The leader of a Louisville food justice organization could be the first person from Louisville to give a talk at the prestigious TedxManhattan ideas and innovation forum.

Karyn Moskowitz, executive director of New Roots, is one of five finalists among applicants from across the United States with a shot to address TedxManhattan’s big local food forum next year.

Tedx Challenge voting that goes through Fri., Nov. 15. (One vote per customer on the TedxManhattan website.)

If Moskowitz can muster the most votes (this is where you come in),  she goes to Manhattan March 1 where she’ll address the “Changing the Way We Eat” forum.

New Roots strives to bring fresh, local food to Louisville neighborhoods that lack access to farmers markets and organic groceries, and Moskowitz will talk about how the Louisville model is scalable to other cities.

(The Youtube video below is a profile of Moskowitz and her work New Roots.)

Most recently, Moskowitz was a member of the Bingham Fellows 2013 class that focused on developing a smart food culture under the umbrella of “Developing a Smart Food Culture.” The 46 class members of the non-profit leadership in action organization not only presented five programs, they secured more than $250,000 to implement them.

From Moskowitz’s email:

If we get the most votes, we go to NYC on March 1st and give a talk about our work connecting families in Louisville to farms with affordable farm fresh food. This talk will then be posted on the main TedX talks page for the entire world to see. Let’s show them how Louisville, Kentucky rolls!

About New Roots: New Roots’ Fresh Stops connect families to farms with affordable fresh food, share knowledge about home cooking and inspire community leaders to help people transform their lives.

Our vision is that every family in Louisville have the ability to access fresh, local food in their neighborhoods, integrate cooking from scratch into their daily routines, reduce diet-related illnesses, and enjoy long, healthy lives. New Roots has already implemented three successful community Fresh Stops in Louisville, with a new one on the way, and one in Washington, D.C.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)