“Food sovereignty is an affirmation of who we are as indigenous peoples and a way, one of the most surefooted ways, to restore our relationship with the world around us. “
“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.” ~Guy Fieri
I teach food skills to groups, individuals, communities…
My workshops include looking at the big picture, budgeting and meal planning, mindful consuming and eating, food waste avoidance strategies, food preservation through different techniques, food and meals making from scratch, etc.
Until now, my workshops have run once or twice every other month at UBC-Farm or at the Sources South Surrey Food Bank, with the occasional longer program under the Diabetes Canada Food Skills for Families as a master facilitator sub-contractor.
But starting 2018, I want to expand this and make it not only wider in spectrum, but accessible to more people and more places.
So I have some questions for my readership, and would love if you could share this post so other people can join in and provide feedback.
A lot of people in my social media feed and many whom I talk at work, school and community say that they are “against food corporations, GMO food, industrial farming of animals and crops, monocrops, clearing forest for growing monocrops” and so on…
However, what I also find, is that most people cannot afford whole and real food, in part because of $$$ but in part because this food seems to require more time and effort to be found and bought, prepared, preserved, etc.
Many also waste food because they don’t know how/don’t like meal planning or don’t like eating left overs, etc…
So my questions to you (and please, take your time to post honest answers and/or PM with your thoughts:
1. What are the major concerns you have around food for you, your family, your community, the world at large?
2. What are the major challenges you have around food?
3. What have you done so far to address those concerns or challenges?
4. How was that for you? What challenges you encounter and what would you need to continue, try again or try differently? What has worked well?
5. Would you pay for workshops or 1-1 consultations around topics such as healthy food budgeting and preparation, food preservation (beyond canning but also including canning), making food from scratch, growing food in small spaces and/or other creative ways to counteract the above food issues and have some more food sovereignty and health?
6. Would you prefer a 1-1, community workshop, online or a mix of all these approaches for this?
7. Do you have a friend, family or community member who may be interested in answering these questions for a community project to actually and proactively address the issues around food that has the potential to increase resiliency, sovereignty and sustainability around food?
If that is the case, please contact me through the “Contact” section of this blog. Your feedback and thoughts would help me to shape this social entrepreneurship and as a sign of gratitude, I offer you a free consultation via email in any of the topics listed above.
Thanks in Advance!
Or take the survey here: