TEDxFSCJ Salon: Duval Eats, Lettuce Grow

Thursday, March 9th, 2017, at the FSCJ-Deerwood Center Performance Theatre, Room G1709, from 6-8 p.m.

The “eat local” movement is thriving across Northeast Florida. From local farms and food producers to farmers’ markets and farm-to-table restaurants, Jacksonville offers a vibrant locavore culture to consumers concerned about the origins, nutrition and sustainability of their food.

TEDxFSCJ will host a salon exploring our community’s local food culture. The evening will feature two speakers steeped in Jacksonville’s food movement, Dr. Leslie Kaplan and Don Justice. The speakers will address the benefits of the local food system and opportunities for community members to get involved. The evening will also include the viewing of select TED talks.



Don Justice is a personal trainer and a 4th Dan black belt Master instructor at United Tang Soo Do Federation. Don is also a life coach and farmer for The Food Park Project and Clara White Mission's White Harvest Farms. He received his bachelor’s in International Business from San Francisco State University in 1986. He currently owns Paks Karate and Fitness in historic Springfield, and operates spring, summer and winter break camps for youth in urban areas that include farming and gardening practices that inspire sustainable living.


Dr. Leslie G. Kaplan is Associate Director of the Hicks Honors College at the University of North Florida. Leslie holds a BA from Tufts University in English and Philosophy, an MA from Oxford University in Middle English Literature, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Folklore and Folklife. She is involved with several community organizations focused on food, education, culture, and community, including Children’s International Summer Villages, the Jacksonville Obesity Coalition, and the Slow Food Movement. She has taught classes on food and culture since 2003 and developed a nutrition education program at a local public elementary school that has been running since 2006.