Crystal Crescent Seaweed Foray

Thursday, November 22, 9am – 12 noon

It’s that time of year where we need to put the DUGS garden to bed. Loaded Ladlers and DUGS are teaming up to go on a little road trip to the beach to gather some seaweed for the gardens! We’ll have time to take a little bit of a walk on the beach & talk a bit about seaweeds as well, and be back in time for lunch.
~Please RSVP if you’re attending: we’ll have room for 2 car-loads of people and will leave from the SUB~

You can RSVP by direct messaging the Loaded Ladle, or Dal Urban Garden.

Visit to Treaty Camp

Friday, November 23, 1-7pm

Loaded Ladle and DSUSO have been partnering to make meals for the water protectors at Treaty Camp since last January. We’d love to invite some of the volunteers who have been helping to make these meals happen, and others interested in learning about the camp, to join us for a visit to camp to share a meal and help with some winterizing projects.

We’ll be leaving from/dropping people off at the SUB and renting the Our Rising community bus: we ask folks to please kick in $5 (the ticket is by donation, found here:
(Nobody turned away for lack of funds though, of course).

*This event has a limited number of spots, so please get your ticket on Eventbrite to ensure you are able to come!

We also ask folks if they feel able to bring a gift for the camp: some of the things that would be helpful are
– batteries, warm socks, warm layers, hats, candles, toothpaste, blankets, and money so they can buy what they need.

Up until Friday Nov 23rd, you can also drop these items off at the Loaded Ladle/Nspirg office, in the basement of the SUB.

If you know any friends who have been wanting to support but not sure how, let them know. Thank you!

We will not be silenced! The CCDA’s struggle for land justice in Guatemala

We will not be silenced!
The CCDA’s struggle for land justice in Guatemala

This Monday! Nov 5 @ 7pm
204, Weldon Law Building
6061 University Ave.
Dalhousie University

We are excited to be joined in Halifax by Marcelo Sabuc, National Coordinator of the Small-Farmers Committee of the Highlands (CCDA) in Guatemala! Come hear about the CCDA’s courageous struggle for land justice in Guatemala. You’ll also hear about the repression they and other human rights defenders in the country have faced and how we can engage in solidarity from the Maritimes.

Marcelo Sabuc is Maya-Kaqchikel from San Lucas Toliman, Sololá and has worked for the CCDA since 2000. As a result of his work with the CCDA, Marcelo has received threats and is a target of criminalization, facing unfounded charges for political reasons.

The CCDA supports 30,000 Indigenous small farmers throughout the country in struggles for access to and defense of land and territory through advocacy, the production of coffee for export and the promotion of sustainable agriculture. The CCDA’s work challenges the status quo in Guatemala, making their members targets of ongoing repression. This year alone, several members of the CCDA and a sister campesino organization (CODECA) have been killed in a wave of attacks against human rights defenders in the country. Despite these circumstances, their struggle for justice continues!

Since 2002, BTS and Just Us! Fair Trade Coffee have collaborated to sell coffee beans from the CCDA in the Maritimes. The Breaking the Silence brand of Just Us! coffee is sold at Foodland in Tatamagouche.
Light refreshments will be served at this event.

This event is part of a speaking tour throughout the Maritimes. For more info, visit us here: (edited)
BTS FALL SPEAKING TOUR: We will not be silenced! The CCDA’s struggle for land justice in Guatemala | Breaking the Silence Blog


Volunteer with Us!

The Ladle is always accepting new volunteers for cooking, cleaning, and outreach tasks! If you read through these descriptions and want to get involved, email!!

Volunteering in the Kitchen!

We need kitchen volunteers from 4-6pm on Mondays, and from 9-3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays! We ask volunteers to commit to coming to one two-three hour (ish) volunteer shift per week. The shifts break down like:

Weekly Solidarity Prep Parties

Friday (3-430 pm) Prep Party for Treaty Camp

Weekly Loaded Ladle Prep Party

Monday (4-6pm): This is our prep party! If you want to do food prep for the rest of the week (cutting potatoes, carrots, onions, more onions, and, oh yes, onions), this is your chance!

Daily Meal Prep

TuesdayWednesdayThursday, Friday (9-11am): This is another mostly prep shift. It would involve doing some early kitchen task – maybe cutting or shredding veggies, making cake batter, or starting to prepare salads!

TuesdayWednesdayThursday, Friday (11-1pm): This shift is making the final preparations for the serving – baking cakes, making salad dressings, spicing the stew (think less chopping veggies, more finishing up the already cooking food). It could also involve helping set up the serving area!

Servings and Clean-up

TuesdayWednesdayThursday, Friday (1-3pm): This is the serving and cleaning shift! Serving is pretty straight forward – just handing out food to the many people wanting to eat a delish Ladle lunch. It would also involve helping clean the serving and prep spaces (wiping down surfaces, doing dirty dishes, etc). The cleaning is, I know, not glamorous – but it is crucial to the functioning of the Ladle!!

Market Pick-up

If you are busy during the week, but still want to volunteer with us, you can! The Ladle does a market pick-up on Saturday mornings. Much of our yummy food is sourced from local farmers and businesses. Please let us know if you have a car to use, but it is not necessary to have a vehicle.

If you can’t make any of these shifts – you can be involved in other ways, or at other times. Just get in touch and we’ll figure it out!

Other Ways to Volunteer!

Are you interested in food politics, but maybe can’t or don’t want to cook in the kitchen? Well, we have some additional volunteer opportunities:

Tabling for the Ladle:

In an effort to spread the word about the Ladle, we ‘table’ (ie – have a table with our information, and sit with it and talk to people stopping by about the Ladle) every Thursday at various Dal campuses. We’re looking for people to help us out with us! If you’re interested in chatting to people about the Ladle’s services and mandates, you might be interested in this!

Making Ladle Materials:

Similarly, the Ladle could always use more buttons, posters, flyers, etc! If you’re feeling inspired, go ahead and make one to share with us (we can help you out with printing costs and materials!). Or, get in touch and we will let you know what materials are currently needed!!

Zines and Workshops:

If you are interested in a particular aspect of food politics or social justice, and want to do more in depth work on it, we are open to funding and helping with workshops and zine projects!

We can help you develop your idea, edit your workshops or zine, do promotion, and make copies! We would be really stoked to collaborate on projects like this!

If any of these opportunities sound good to you, email!!

Co-Curricular Record:

The Co-Curricular Record is an official document from Dalhousie that recognizes student accomplishments and experiential learning occurring outside the classroom. Volunteering with the Loaded Ladle can be recognized in your Co-Curricular Record.