People and programs 01/19/2016

... that 2016 will be the year more Canadians connect over food and take action on food and poverty issues, and the year we make solid strides towards progressive public policy on income, food and health. Here are some ways we can get there.

Start by cooking more, and making vegetables the centre of your plate ...
Bring home the brawny brassicas, cultivate a crush on carrots, swoon over spinach, love leeks, flirt with fennel. Seek out simple and nutritious recipes that look like fun to make, and rearrange your plate to make veggies the focus. While you're at it, get to know the people growing your veg, and how they're growing it. You'll be stronger and healthier for it. Check out our Good Food Rules for more common-sense nutrition tips.

... but don't stop the changes there!
Amplify the changes you make in your own life by calling for progressive public policies that will ensure every Canadian can access enough healthy food for a healthy life. Here are some ideas.

Believe that people power can make the difference ...
How does social change happen? When people get together and demand it. Let the wise words of FDR be your lodestar: "I agree with you. I want to do it. Now make me do it." Find groups that are calling for increased social assistance rates, a basic income, a national food policy, more affordable housing, and get involved! Check out our issue backgrounders for fuel for your fire.

... and then meet them where they're at
We all have a role to play in making change. Respect every person's inherent value and potential to contribute, foreground leadership opportunities wherever possible, and celebrate your achievements along the way! Check out our Good Food Principles for the ways we work with our communities for change.

Grow food everywhere! 
Grow it at home, on your windowsill, balcony, or in your yard. Grow it in the schoolyard. Grow it in parks, planters, and public spaces. Tear up that asphalt and grow something that people can eat. Let's get together and seed our imagination and our shared living spaces with edible plants of every variety. And let's save the seeds, too! Because what happens in the garden never stays in the garden.