We asked Toronto-based artist Lauren Pirie to illustrate what happens at a Community Food Centre. We loved the results so much we asked digi-whiz Matt O'Sullivan to animate it for us so we could show how CFCs across the country will work together to build healthier and more connected communities through food. And ta-da! — CFCC in motion!
Last week we bid a teary so-long to our exuberant and tireless Partnership Manager, Elizabeth Fraser, who's off to pursue Kenyan adventures before returning to school in the fall. Elizabeth was critical to every aspect of CFCC's development so far, and we'll dearly miss her generosity, love of podcasts and prodigious institutional memory. We raise a Ryvita to her and thank her for her invaluable contributions.
Launching a new national organization is no small feat. But it's a lot easier when you can count on friends like Borden Ladner Gervais LLP for their expertise and support. BLG's contributions have been invaluable throughout the early development of CFCC, the latest stage in a long relationship that started at The Stop Community Food Centre.
Another snowstorm, another reminder of how our living space become so compressed in the winter (die-hard skiers and skaters aside). It’s even more important for people struggling with isolation to get out of the four walls, and harder for them to do so. On a bitterly cold but sunny day, our bright, verdant greenhouse is a compelling incentive to brave the elements. Gardeners talk about the healing power of the space itself, yet they also come because working with plants in the company of others provides human contact without the intense demands of most social exchanges.
It’s hard to believe that programming has been underway for a full year at The Table Community Food Centre in Perth, Ontario. Along the way, lots of lessons learned, and lots of great successes. Here are a few:
The Local recently held its first After School Program session, welcoming 18 eager young cooks into its kitchen. First up, knife skills, taught by Community Chef Jordan Lassaline, followed by lots more kitchen safety tips. But it wasn't all housekeeping: the kids also made their own healthy personal pizzas with homemade dough, and learned that not all pizzas comes from Domino's ...
Garden planning has started up in earnest at The Table CFC in Perth. Sixteen garden members, including two new green thumbs, recently held a participatory review of the 2012 season and started planning for 2013. They've got a lot of ground to cover! The Table manages two gardens, one in their backyard and another on the storied grounds of Last Duel campsite — together they total more than 3,500 square feet and yielded 1,650 lbs of produce last year.
On December 13, we hosted a conversation between Nick Saul and Jan Poppendieck on charity vs. solidarity and issues facing the food movement. The hour-long chat was an informative and inspiring look at the history of food charity, the way issues of hunger and poverty have been framed and reframied over the decades, and the way those framings have impacted our responses to a crisis that continues to grow.
There are lots of nice stories coming out of The Table these days.