Dinner and Social on July 20th 2018

We had a great time at the dinner and social on Wednesday evening and I love that we had a lot of people come out to the event. It was even better to hear that many people that we met through our weekly outreach attended! Although we had a few technical difficulties at the beginning, we managed to get started without a hitch.

Josephine presented our new powerpoint on the OASIS community food hub project we’re trying to get off the ground and had a discussion on the importance of involving indigenous people in the project. People also had a chance to have discussions and brainstorm what clean and healthy food means to them.

During the dinner prepared by our amazing cook, Petra, the team got to chat with people who came to the social dinner about their thoughts on the project and just getting to know people in the neighbourhood. I saw many enthusiastic conversation and was delighted to see that a broad range of people were engaged with our project.

I’m glad that we had an opportunity to host a dinner social to connect with people over healthy and delicious food. I’m even more excited that there were fruitful conversations about the community food hub and genuinely interested people who are keen to get involved!

– Yi Fan

Rainy Farm Visit to Black Farmers’ Collective

This past Sunday (24th June), the co-op and community members took a trip to Milton to visit the Black Farmers Collective. Amidst the rain and mud, we walked through the farm and saw the hard work of the collective. The farmers exhibited the importance of growing locally farmed and sustainable food. Cabbage, leeks, beets, tomato, fennel, calaloo, and onion are just a few of the produce grown on the land showing that it is possible, feasible, and necessary to grow food within a urban area.

Chatting to the farmers and listening to them speak on food issues made us realise that even within our city of Toronto, food security is a serious issue. In particle, it is an issue that requires us to work, and collaborate together to fight the socioeconomic issues created by global corporations.

We must change food system from one where it’s easy and convenient to eat unhealthy fast food toward one where everyone is able to afford and access good clean local food. It is up to us to be resilient and reach out to our local farmers and representatives to foster sustainable community development by supporting local farming, both in the urban city of Toronto and in rural areas. Regardless of class or background, we all need healthy and affordable food, no one can dispute this.

Thank you to the Black Farmers’ Collective for giving us such an enriching and inspiring visit. We look forward to our next visit where we will help farm!

-Bianca C.