Fresh From Fresh Roots
Over the past two weeks, Fresh Roots has been invited to speak with teachers, funders and industry members, thought leaders and professors from across British Columbia to explore what we can do to support a sustainable food and education system that focuses on ensuring that everyone has access to healthy, good, and local food. Here are some of my takeaway moments:
1. Teachers are incredible force for innovation. Check out what’s happening in Chilliwack or Delta, for new farms on school grounds. We’re excited to support these projects as we can.
2. The new BC curriculum creates so many opportunities for teachers and students to use experiential learning through the farms – let’s take that opportunity to explore math, science, literature through a lens of indigeneity and sustainability. We had an incredible field trip exploring these themes just this past month. Come and plant with us!
3. SOYL (our summer internship program) focuses on providing job skills training, food literacy, and self-confidence. And it’s in high demand We had twice the number of applications as we had spots for youth. We’re excited to help provide healthy food for all youth during the summer. Learn more here.
4. Almost 1/3 of food produced globally is thrown away. THAT’S A LOT – Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world. Learn more through the FAO.
5. We grow healthy food – and, we help help support an urban connection with food and food systems to remind youth of the intimate connection we all have with land, food, and community. Come and eat with us and with rural farmers who are getting more food to the plate than we ever could. Cheers to them.
6. Singing feels good – so come and join Rhythm and Roots Choir for a show where the proceeds are going right back into Fresh Roots. Get your tickets now.
With a fistful of sunshine,
Marc – feeling like a nice summer kale salad with fresh salmon, and crumbled feta with a mustard vinaigrette – Schutzbank
Chief Poet and Executive Director
Thanks to the incredible weather, fertile soil and a little elbow grease, the fields are producing the most beautiful greens and roots in such great abundance we can hardly keep up! Thankfully, we have some extra help from our new-hires, Allie, our new Good Food Distribution Coordinator and Cody our Schoolyard Farm Worker. With these two on the team we’ll be growing and selling more food than ever before.
– Farmer Charlotte