CSL & Collective Kitchens
24 students from SW 4401 and 35 students from SW 4300 were asked to create their own Collective Kitchens.
18 Local agencies came together to complete this project
A large population became involved
Students reported that their direct involvement with Collective Kitchens enhanced their awareness, and highlighted their countless uses and the vast potential they bring to our community
Through this CSL experience the students’ experienced the process of contextual fluidity: they learned the empowering nature of Collective Kitchens, and their ability to develop strong networks and this was reflected back by the community; and as a result the number of collectives increased.
To learn more about this research project see these wonderful in depth power points:
We have a wonderful informative display in the Lakehead University Chancellor Patterson Library for the month of MARCH! Our display covers the FSRN Community Campus Garden and our ongoing research surrounding students CSL (Community Service Learning) Collective Kitchen projects. Let us know what you think!
Coming up on Saturday, April 6:
Raising Backyard Chickens
(A Gillies Community Centre Event)
Finally! an event for people wanting to learn more about raising backyard poultry.
This is a great opportunity to ask questions, gather information and connect with people who raise small flocks.
WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2013
TIME: 11:30 – 4:30 (BRING YOUR OWN BROWN BAG LUNCH)
WHERE: Gillies Community Hall – Corner of Highway 608 & Highway 595
Chicken equipment displays courtesy of Thunder Bay Co-op Farm Supply.
Admission - $4.00
Jan 17, 2013:
Strengthening Local Food Hubs Gathering
On November 28, 2012 FSRN was hosted by the Northwest Training and Adjustment Board in Dryden to conduct a gathering to explore strengthening local food hubs. The gathering comprised of local farmers producers and processors from the Dryden area, and the NTAB was represented by Sonja Wainio and Charmen MacDonald. The members of FSRN present were: Dr. Connie Nelson, Dr. Mirella Stroink, Dr. Phil Mount, Dr Junlin Li and NOHFC Intern Cheryl Reid. The committed group of participants discussed the strengths of the community and explored what the region has to offer in the areas of: production, marketing, distribution and processing.
Dr. Phil Mount introduced and covered concept mapping in these four areas, and relayed stories from the Toolkit: Case Studies and VUE Maps. Dr. Mirella Stroink shared Regional VUE Maps, and then a wonderfully interactive World Cafe was conducted by Dr. Connie Nelson to explore a next steps exercise for strengthening local food hubs. Dr. Stroink wrapped up the event by presenting the Northern Food Net - available for all those who wish to be connected by providing support, sharing information through dialogue, enabling learning and fostering education while acting as a library database for resources.
Media coverage Dryden Observer: http://thedrydenobserver.ca/2012/12/farmers-strengthening-local-food-hubs/
November 20, 2012:
Beginning in September 2012, FSRN in partnership with the North Superior Workforce Planning Board, the Northwest Training and Adjustment Board and Lakehead University embarked upon a research study utilizing the Workforce Multiplier Effect to examine Local Farms and Food Processors in Northwestern Ontario. Lakehead University students in the Natural Resources Economics class headed by Dr. Chander Shahi, conducted a community service learning (CSL) course that divided Northwestern Ontario into 3 specific districts: Rainy River, Kenora and Thunder Bay. The students visited each site and conducted focus group discussions as well as surveys and individual interviews with the local farm producers and processors to determine the direct and indirect production of jobs created. From this data a forecast was made to predict future employment opportunities in the Northwestern agricultural sector. On November 20, 2012, the findings and recommendations of this project were presented to the boards and the Northwestern community as a whole. A full report will be complete and available January 2012.
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