Food Summit 2018: Powering up communities through food

Food Summit 2018: Powering up communities through food


These kind of summits have always been a
great place for me to learn more about what other people are doing and the ways that we’re gathering together to make food a place that we find empowerment. For me, the food summit is really bringing stakeholders doing work in the food movement together to really discuss issues that are core to the work that we’re doing and to also strategize, network a little bit as we continue on this fight. Being able to meet with these like minds and go home buzzing with ideas and inspiration, it’s definitely the best part of the food summit. Sometimes I think the daily grind, you lose sight of the big picture, and coming here once a year really reminds me of how we’re all in it together. It makes me feel like I’m not alone and that’s so great. Like, “oh, I have this issue and I don’t know how to solve it”. and I’m not all alone. There’s another food security coordinator somewhere that lives the same thing. So that’s super great. The best thing about the food summit is the people. It’s the getting to know your neighbours. For us at LUSH Valley, we live as west as you can get on Vancouver Island. So to get together in a room full of like-minded, amazing, foodie people, it just connects us to the rest of the country. The best thing about the food summit is that every time that I attend, I will have tons of information making me inspired to do more, and wanting to go back home right away and hoping to apply all this learning into my programs. I come here and it gives me the space to rethink my programs. It makes me discuss with so many different people, and it makes me feel like I can dream and I can think big. It’s a bit crazy, but every time I’m like, I get out of a session I’m like “wow, why I never did this, or why I never tried this before?” I really like to come here and to
learn from other people. Coming to the Food Summit every year,
this would be my second year, it has been a place for me to engage with other people that have similar mindsets and to me I find working in these sorts
of places and like nonprofits, It’s a little bit of a challenge to be
able to talk to other folks and say like “Hey, we need to be talking about food
justice!” And where I work is a good place to do that, and I’m so very happy to meet with other people who
want to talk about these kinds of things. What I learn every year at the Food
Summit is something a bit different. This year, I just finished a workshop on storytelling and to me, what I’ve
learned is how to create the conditions for people to tell their own stories and
for me to tell my own in a different kind of way. I’ve learned that I’m not by myself. There is an incredible amount of people across this country that is working towards a better, more fair and accessible food system.

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