Introducing Katja

If you’ve noticed a new volunteer in the garden recently, probably sitting on the ground weeding and listening to music, or taking photos of the garden, or asking anyone else who’s there what I can do to help out, chances are it’s me.

My name is Katja and I’ll be volunteering with the Community Garden over the next 2 weeks! I’m here until June 16th helping out with this garden as well as a bit with Alpine Edibles to make up my summer service requirements for my program at Pearson College over on Vancouver Island.

IMG_6880.JPG copyLester B. Pearson United World College is a 2-year pre-university international school about an hour outside of Victoria with a strong focus on intercultural understanding, sustainability, and community-building. There, we have a herb garden and greenhouse (it generally just grows kale during the school year) but also a strong focus on the outdoors and learning outside of the classroom. So, when I was given the task of finding a place close to home to volunteer over the summer, I knew I also wanted to do something to get my hands dirty in the outdoors. I’m originally from Calgary, and as us Calgarians always say that the Rockies are just in our backyard, I figured I had the perfect excuse to come stay here.

Over the next 2 weeks, I will be helping with all sorts of tasks around the garden including watering, weeding, laying down more wood chip paths, looking into vole control, showing around visitors, and anything else that comes up. If you see me around, be sure to come over and say hi! And if you have any special projects or work in the garden that you’d like my help with, be sure to let me know! You can shoot me an email at kjlemermeyer@gmail.com

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Food Sovereignty Resources

Thanks to everyone who came out to the garden talk last night!  I’ve posted a few links to follow up on the request to share some resources on food sovereignty. There’s lots out there but here are a few starting places:

For those interested in further exploring what food sovereignty in Canada looks like:

Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy Project for Canada is based in the concept of food sovereignty and was developed by over 3500 people across Canada: http://foodsecurecanada.org/sites/default/files/fsc-resetting2012-8half11-lowres-en.pdf

Food Secure Canada is a national organization working to advance food security and food sovereignty in Canada: http://foodsecurecanada.org/who-we-are/what-food-sovereignty

The Indigenous Food Systems Network was developed by the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty: 9781552664438_300_450_90http://www.indigenousfoodsystems.org/

Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems – a good book with a variety of chapters by different authors about various aspects of food sovereignty in Canada: https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/food-sovereignty-in-canada

National Farmers Union – Losing Our Grip for further information on land grabs in Canada and an update on the 2010 report “Losing Our Grip: How Corporate Farmland Buy-up, Rising Farm Debt, and Agribusiness Financing of Inputs Threaten Family Farms and Food Sovereignty” (this link also includes further links about land grabbing and concentration in Canada): http://www.nfu.ca/issues/losing-our-grip-2015-update

For those interested in food sovereignty in an international context:

Nyéléni – you can sign up for the Nyéléni newsletter which provides updates and acts as a hub for the international food sovereignty movement: https://nyeleni.org/

You can also find the Nyéléni Declaration here which articulates the current international vision of food sovereignty: https://nyeleni.org/spip.php?article290

La Via Campesina – the original grassroots movement around food sovereignty: https://viacampesina.org/en/

Towards Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming Autonomous Food Systems – an online book with lots of interactive media: http://www.iied.org/towards-food-sovereignty-reclaiming-autonomous-food-systems

Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community – a second Canadian published book on food sovereignty in the international context: https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/food-sovereignty

Food Sovereignty: Towards democracy in localized food systems – you can download a copy for personal use for free here: http://www.ukabc.org/foodsovpaper.htm

Lastly, if you’re interested in the work I’m doing, here’s a link to my research group: https://feast-uoft.org/

You can also find us on twitter @feast_uoft

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