Kitchen Table Talks | Meet Ups
Come join our discussion on science and the sacred in the context of climate heating and agriculture
We will be hosting a series of Kitchen Table Talks in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto areas. We appreciate donations to support our coordination efforts for these talks, however participation is free of charge.
Mt. Hope/ St. Mary's area Potluck, Kitchener ON
17 January 1:30 - 3:30pm 21 February 1:30 - 3:30pm 17 April 1:30 - 3:30pm
Magic Oven on the Danforth, Toronto ON (TBC)
17 January 6:30 - 8:30pm 21 February 6:30 - 8:30pm 17 April 6:30 - 8:30pm
MEETING ADDRESSES WILL BE EMAILED TO THOSE WHO RSVP BELOW
Kitchen Table | Meet Ups Series focuses on regenerative agriculture while exploring "food ways" as sacred - especially production and seed saving- and how the "new science" of soils brings the sacred and the scientific together... We will be particularly interested in mitigation and adaptation strategies that organic and agroecological systems present. We will be inviting farmers, eaters, educators, scientists, health practitioners, students, and others to share their perspectives in a facilitated conversation that includes all attendees.
"Will conversations be exploring adaptive organic agriculture practices in realty on to climate chaos and building instability? That's what I would love to be hooked into conversation wise. Practical adaptation and collective strategy building..." First Generation Farmer and Eco Village Resident
RSVPs appreciated, drop ins welcome:
CENTRE FOR SMALL FARMS, NOVA SCOTIA
"Located on unceded Mi’kmaq land in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, we are committed to engaging with farming and food-related issues in a local and global context. We are honoured to be part of a vibrant community of farmers, gardeners, processors, and eaters committed to exploring and implementing sustainable food practices.
We believe that a just food system is possible and that building strong relationships is a key. We offer our skills and resources to nurture a culture that acknowledges, engages with, and celebrates farms and food. We create opportunities to connect local farmers with each other, with their communities, and with farmers from the Global South.
Shaani, Av and Karen
Centre for Small Farms visionary Dr. Av Singh is a Fellow with the Navdanya Institute, and offers guidance on agroecology principles at "Earth University" every autumn alongside an esteemed resource team.
We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the Centre as our network develops, and are grateful for the opportunity to work on Projects like Dangerous Ideas in conjunction with the Centre .
APRIL 22 -MAY 9: MOTHER EARTH DAY to MOTHERS' DAY
Celebrating our commitment to protect our Mother
" In the Year of Soil, let us celebrate the connections between Mother Earth and ourselves. We are, after all, made of the earth. We’re made of soil. Let us celebrate the 22nd of April which is now Mother’s Earth Day, as a commitment to protect her. As the famous writer, Alice Walker, said, “we now need to adopt the philosophy of “motherism,” where all of us become mothers to our Mother Earth, protecting her with love. And the seed is where that love begins. The seeds that she gives us, and we give back to her. The soil fertility that she creates, and we return to her. In the seed and the soil, we find answers to every one of the crises we face. The crisis of violence and war. The crisis of hunger and disease. The crisis of the destruction of democracy."
VANDANA SHIVA, 2015
TAKE ACTION! For Mother Earth Day through Mothers' Day 2016, plan a Grandmothers' Circle to hear and share wisdom; Pledge to Act for Seed Freedom; Commit to reducing even further your reliance on fossil energy; Support an agroecological farm organization... send YOUR ideas!
OCTOBER 1 - 30:A to Z OF AGROECOLOGY AND ORGANIC FOOD SYSTEMS
30 day intensive with international faculty in Dehra Dun, India
Whatever realm of social justice work we find ourselves in, food is at the core of our experience. This 30 day overview of the agroecological paradigm explores perma-cultures, farming skills, conceptual challenges, and new science with a focus on living soils, living seeds and living foods. Please visit the Navdanya website to learn more about the course.