CFICE Community Food Security Hub

The Community Food Security Hub is one of the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project’s five research hubs.  CFICE is co-managed by Carelton University and The Canadian Alliance for Community-Service Learning, and the Community Food Security Research Hub is co-lead by Food Secure Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Association for Food Studies. It conducts ongoing research to strengthen Canada’s food security networks, identify best practices, and channel lessons of success and pitfalls from existing organizations into guidelines for emerging projects to increase their success. Its ultimate goal is to achieve community food security across Canada. Keep up to date on the research conducted by this hub by visiting their website and checking CAFS’ list serve, and Member Projects page for periodic updates. Check out the latest news about the project in this newsletter: CFICE CFS Hub Newsletter 2014

Propogating the Food Movement

This report is part of a study that explores the structure and constitution of networks of food initiatives in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia, working in partnership with four provincial network organizations. The main purpose of this study has been to enhance our understanding of how organizations in Canada are mobilizing around food-related issues. In particular, the research explores the role that food networks, rather than individual initiatives, play in developing resistance to the corporate, industrial food system. This research also seeks to support and strengthen the activities of each provincial network by providing useful information about how they work. The report summarizes the initial findings from a network survey, semi-structured, in-depth interviews, popular education workshops, and highlights from a roundtable discussion with provincial network representatives reflecting on the research findings. Click here to read the full report

The FoodShed Project

The FoodShed Project is a loose network of urban and rural initiatives working together to transform the food system in the southern Ontario foodshed. We bring together agrifood organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working collaboratively with food scholar activists and students to excavate, document, and link groups in our community of food practice. It works toward a vision of a resilient Ontario agrifood system, that integrates native and diasporic populations, cuisines, and crops, and is centered on small scale, networked, culturally diverse enterprises.

The FoodShed Project is for anyone who wants to gather others around a specific project related to the overall goals of researching, educating, animating, and networking local initiatives to transform the food system. Attached are notes and a summary of the ideas generated at a February 2011 gathering, as well as a project update. The FoodShed Project works through constellations, that is, groups that form spontaneously to pursue specific tasks for as long as they reflect passions and energies. Anyone can work collaboratively to form new constellations to build on the ideas and priorities shared by FoodShed Project partners.

FoodShed Project Update (PDF)

FoodShed Project Conversation By Course Notes (PDF)

FoodShed Project Conversation By Courses Summary – Feb 4 2011 (PDF)