San Francisco traffic is thick and immoveable on the morning I am to meet Stephen Satterfield for an interview. He suggested Equator on 2nd Street, and I roll through the doors in a dither. He is characteristically cool, overpoweringly calm. Grab a coffee, he tells me. Relax.
I do just that. Our conversation starts the way any of these discussions do; we speak of mutual acquaintances in the impossibly small yet well-stocked pond of San Francisco’s art and editorial scene. We share our admiration for artist and Creative Director George McCalman, and we even chat about burgeoning food technology before truly digging into the meat of the interview. It’s going swimmingly. Just a moment later, Mr. Satterfield is guiding me through his first real experience in the food justice space. He speaks of the formerly colonized regions of South Africa, where viticulture is the most entrenched agricultural industry. He rattles off statistics with ease and explains how his first business, a non-profit called International Society of Africans in Wine (ISAW Foundation), aimed to overthrow a historically white, exclusionary industry. At this precise moment I am sure – not that I ever really had a doubt – this is no typical interview. Stephen Satterfield knows his stuff. And not only that; he is fully equipped to teach the unlearned, to pry open the unthinking minds, to give voices to those that have been told, for generations, that they are not possessing of a story.