Hello everybody! This is Mischa here; Danielle and I have some very exciting news to share with all of you but before we do we thought we should let you know what we have been up to since our return from our bike trip.
Highlights over the last four months include; attending the climate march in New York City where we gained a deeper understanding of the scope of climate change and the impact that it is having on people around the world. As expected food was a major topic of conversation both as a cause of climate change and a concern in terms of security as food production is threatened with the increase of irregular weather patterns.
I have been at the University of Toronto working with an incredible team of facilitators and student life professionals developing leadership programming and working with professors to incorporate experiential learning and facilitation into their curriculum. Highlights include taking part in the Hart House Farm retreat where I learned about sustainable food projects happening in the Toronto area, and being asked to deliver a presentation for my colleagues at a professional development retreat. I am so grateful to have been able to share the stage with some amazing minds at U of T.
Danielle has been deepening her knowledge at the University of Ottawa as she becomes an expert in the areas of environmental science and food security. In addition she has been spearheading the People’s Republic of Delicious (PRD) an innovative program designed to reduce food waste, food miles, promote cooking and engage students and community members in discussions advocating the support of local food production. She has also delivered two workshops at the University of Ottawa’s Food Security Week and The People’s Social Forum on campus.
And now for the exciting news; on November 16th Danielle and I delivered a speech at a networking event at the Ottawa Hub hosted by the Natural Step, a non profit organization who’s mission is to accelerate change in communities towards a more sustainable future. This organization has been a major supporter of Seed by Seed’s mission and funded our speaking tour across Canada. Shortly after the presentation they announced that they will be providing Seed by Seed a second round of funding in support of a project proposal designed to empower youth and their communities to engage in sustainable food initiatives and programming.
We need your help! In May of 2015 Seed by Seed is looking to partner with organizations and community groups in the Toronto east end ( St James Town, Cabbagetown, Regent Park and surrounding areas) to collaborate on projects designed to engage youth in food related programs. If anyone has any connections with groups that are interested in facilitation, leadership development and food justice please send them our way. You can do this by sharing this post, or sending them our email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
In addition to expert facilitation and world class programming, groups that collaborate with us will be eligible to receive funding of up to $1000 to carry out community action plans that promote a transition to a more sustainable and healthier relationship with food.
We will keep you all posted as this project develops!
Thanks everyone and until next time,
Mischa and Danielle