NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Seeking to effectuate real change after the recent presidential election, Emilia Navarro, a tenth grader at North Salem High School, along with several friends and their parents,created a non-profit entitled WHOA (Women and Hombres of Action) to engage local youth in social, political and environmental issues.

Local environmental attorney Stephanie Kupferman worked with Navarro and encouraged her to take part in the Bedford 2020 Food Forum Held at Fox Lane High School on March 4.

Emilia Navarro, a passionate environmentalist, along with 15 students from North Salem High School, attended the forum. 

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Over 900 people attended the event which focused on the benefits of local foods, building awareness and support for farmers, our food system, and sustainable initiatives. Co-Chairs of the event, Olivia Farr and Karen Simons Organizers of the forum were impressed with the North Salem volunteers.

“Each and every one of you contributed so much to the success of the day. We couldn’t have asked for a better group with which to work,” Olivia Farr said.

Keynote speakers for the event  included  New York Times food journalist Mark Bittman and sustainable food pioneer and Chef Michel Nischan, a three time winner of the highly coveted James Beard Award and founder of Wholesome Wave.

Article courtesy of North Salem resident, Stephanie E. Kupferman, co-chair of the Grow & Share Panel Discussions of the Food Forum. Kupferman is an environmental lawyer and food justice champion. She  is counsel to the New York Environmental Law & Justice Project in lower Manhattan and is a new board member to InterGenerate, also acting as General Counsel.