To The Root: A Radical Look at Food Justice
October 13, 14, 15 Veith House/North Branch Memorial Library/Common Roots Urban Garden
- Common Roots Urban Garden, 1929 Robie Street, Halifax, NS
- Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
- Veith House, 3115 Veith Street, Halifax, NS
Our annual To the Root workshop series takes place this weekend, October 13-15.
To The Root gives us all a chance to learn, connect, and broaden our understanding of food justice/sovereignty and how it relates to our own community. This year, we are pleased to partner with Veith House, Common Roots Urban Garden, and the North Branch Library to present To the Root.
Friday, October 13th.
4:00 – 5:00: Growing Greens in Winter workshop with Data Ram and Amber (Held at Common Roots Urban Farm)
Learn what foods you can grow in the winter, when to plant, and how to protect your crop. Facilitators Amber and Data Ram both had farms in Bhutan. Now in Canada, they garden in community gardens around the city, producing huge amounts of ofood to feed their family and friends.
5:30 – 6:30: Solidarity Serving outside North Memorial Library. Wraps/to-go foods provided by the Ladle.
8:00-10:30: “The Art of Resistance” Keynote presentation by the Beehive Collective at the North Branch Memorial Library.
Join the Beehive Collective as they present art and storytelling on “The True Cost of Coal”. Then hear a live performance by the hip-hop troupe, Test Their Logik. For the past couple of years, these groups have been touring across Canada, doing popular education around intersectional social and environmental justice issues. Come welcome them to the East Coast!
Saturday, October 14th. (At Veith House)
10:30 – 11:45: Connecting the Dots: Food security in Halifax’s North End
Join guests from the North End Community Health Centre for a presentation and discussion on food security in Halifax’s North End. Learn about their work related to the food box program, developing a food coalition, and how social work and community nutrition work with individuals on social assistance.
12:00 – 1:15: Lunch and Learn: the Alton Gas Resistance
Come share a meal and learn about resistance to the Alton Gas project and about its relationship to treaties here in K’jipuktuk.
1:30 – 3:00: Fermentation Workshop – FULL!
Join us for this hands-on workshop on preserving vegetables with lactic acid fermentation. Leave with a treat of your own creation to tend and share.
3:15 – 4:30: What Does Your Garden Mean To You?
What does it mean to put down roots in a new place? To grow food from one’s home country? To have access to land? A storytelling session touching on the links between food, farming, identity, and migration. Come see the photos and stories of newcomer gardeners in Halifax.
Sunday, October 15th. (At Veith House).
10:00 – 11:30: Apartment Gardening – FULL!
Grow food in your own home!Learn about materials and soil you need, what kind of plants you can grow, and how to troubleshoot. Plus, leave with your own potted plant.
11:30 – 1:15: Cook, Lunch, and Learn – the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre
Prepare and share a meal featuring vegetables grown at the DNCFC’s urban farm. Be part of a discussion about the food centre and some of the programs, values, and limitations that a food centre can have.
1:00 – 2:30: [not]Eating Animals as BIPOC: navigating home foods while resisting capitalism, colonialism and cultural disconnect
A closed conversation for Black, Indigenous or other People of Colour (BIPOC) about eating/not eating creatures as this relates to cultural/home foods.
We will work together to hold a non-judgmental, non-shaming space to talk about our choices regarding consuming/not consuming creatures, as well as the reasons for and impact of these
choices. As we share our stories, we will explore our own work to (re)connect with and
(re)claim our cultures while resisting the mainstream (ie whitesupremacist) food movement, the colonial processes that have severed many of us from our traditional foods, and the capitalist environment that
brings violence into our food.
2:30 – 4:30: Terrarium Workshop
Learn how to make a terrarium you can keep in your living space. Seashells, soil, rocks and plants provided!
4:30 – 6:30: Community Meal
Join us for a meal celebrating the workshop series. Bring a food which is special to you or simply bring yourself. All welcome.