2012 Community Projects

The Human Caterpillar was found hanging out in South Osborne Community Co-op’s Riverview Garden

Urban Projects

The South Osborne Intergenerational Garden Project is a modular program consisting of 4 garden sites that are all in partnership with other community organizaitons where participants of all ages come together and grow food. At each of the garden sites, children, adolescents and young, middle and older adults work and learn together about community gardening, sustainable urban food production, and intergenerational community building and knowledge transfer.

Ka Ni Kanichihk’s “What’s Food Got to Do With It?: Empowering Women Through Healthy Living Education” will consist of providing food related programming such as workshops in cooking, gardening, nutrition, traditional medicines and traditional teachings to the 20 participants of the Honouring Gifts program. Through observation, focus groups, surveys and creative reflection they will explore how the programming has impacted their lives. They will share these experiences with the larger community at a fall feast and open house.

Rural Projects

Food for the Future is a project of the Oak Lake and Area Economic Development Board. This project saw students learning about self-sufficiency and sustainability and provided them with an opportunity to experience these concepts through involvement in a community garden where they grew produce for their families and for a market garden.The project was designed to promote knowledge of how to grow food, building sustainable food economies, physical health from eating and growing fresh produce and the community spirit that comes from sharing skills and experiences across generations. Read a blog about the project or check out a downloadable one page story!

Landmark Elementary School’s, Grow to Give Project strives to build on on a previous composting initiative. This second stage is for the school to model with their students the cycle of using compost (produced in the vermi-composters, backyard composters and the industrial composting facilities) to grow plants. They are establishing a greenhouse to allow them space for each class to grow plants. The elementary school will invite Landmark Collegiate Institute students and local seniors to help their students learn about plants and their care. To further the cycle they will have students take the plants home to transplant into their gardens. In the fall, students will bring produce to school to be used for making some delicious food which will be shared with community members.

A Seed Starting Workshop in Sandy Bay

Bridging the Generations is a Project of the Sandy Bay Health Centre. The project will provide opportunities to greatly increase production and awareness of local food sources. Five adults with experience in raising poultry will mentor up to ten youth. There will be a square foot gardening component of the project that will be aligned with tunnel greenhouses.  Opportunities to start seedlings indoors will be provided through a variety of hands on workshops in greenhouse construction and maintenance.  A school based approach at the Senior High school level would provide students with the classroom experience in starting seeds.

Northern Projects

Dave Courchene – Nii Gaani Aki Innini

The intent of 2nd Annual Turtle Lodge Food Justice Community Roundtable is to ask community Elders, nutritionists, community members, food justice organizations, individuals with expertise and passion for food justice, health staff (nurses and a local physician), Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Assembly of First Nations staff,  First Nations & Inuit Health Branch staff and North Eastman Health Association staff how to move toward food sovereignty. This process will occur following cultural protocols and led by a community Elder facilitator (Dave Courchene – Nii Gaani Aki Innini).

The communities of Grand Rapids and Misipawistik Cree Nation are Building a Community Food Future by creating a two-day event to be held in June, which would see a community group of interested individuals emerge in order to tackle food security issues. The two-day June event will include workshops on composting with fish to create gardening soils, Indigenous nutrition and the state of the territory, Traditional gardening methods for a Northern climate and canning for winter storage of fish and vegetables.

Raised Beds for the community of Matheson Island promoted by it’s own Community Council, strives to improve food security. The community hopes to build 15 raised in 14 different household and one at the school. Each household will attend the basic gardening workshop organizaed by the Northern Association of Community Councils. During the growing season the participants will document their gardening experiences by taking pictures and writing their impressions in personal journals that will be shared at the end of the harvest season with other community members and students.

The Duck Bay Community Council’s Traditional Healthy Food for Elders is a project made to provide the elderly people of the community with traditional food, which is prepared in a healthy manner. The project is for the Elders of the community to continue eating traditional, helathy food.

Broader and Cross-Regional Projects

A Harvest Moon Society Farmer Consultation

Networking to Foster Sustainable Inter-regional Food Systems in Manitoba is a project of the Harvest Moon Society (HMS) and Manitoba Farm Mentorship (MFM). They will work to establish a model for support nodes in different regions of Manitoba that will enhance the development of alternative food networks in the Province. Ultimately, this project will create a process to establish the formation of interconnected nodes, each with a SWOT report, and one final report that compares the challenges and opportunities across the regions.

The Manitoba Traditional Foods Initiative Planning and Resource Development Project is a project of Food Matters Manitoba.The goal of the project is to increase Manitoba First Nation communities ability to implement traditional foods projects. It will provide an opportunity for communities to collectively share knowledge to assist those communities interested in implementing successful and sustainable community based traditional foods projects. Through a participative community development and capacity building process the Traditional Foods Initiative develop a Manitoba traditional foods “how to” implementation resource (handbook, video, or other communication  medium  identified by project participants).

Making Viable, Sustainable Connections between School Nourishment Program Food Needs and a Secure Food Supply is a project of the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba. The goal of the project is to determine how Manitoba school nourishment programs are currently sourcing and obtaining their food and identify other potential food supply sources, including alternative food systems, which could be available to nourishment programs. The information that is collected will be used to create a tool for schools that will be launched through a series of regional workshops.

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