Linnaea Food Security Guild

Linnaea Food Security Guild

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative. Linnaea Farm’s just launched a new initiative – the Linnaea Farm Food Security Guild. The guild offers farm produce, as well as seasonal products such as beef, pesto, and apple juice. It will also host farming and preserving workshops. Members pay a $40 membership fee, and can then top-up their account according to their budget.  potatoes - courtesy Linnaea Farm Cortes Currents: Tara Warkentin interviews Tamara McPhail The Concept Of A Guild  I called up Tamara McPhail, executive director of the Linnaea Farm Society and resident farm steward, to learn more about how the guild cultivates local food security. Tamara tells me “the concept of a guild is a cooperative of people passionate about something.”  But the word has a double meaning. When it comes to permaculture, a guild means a way of grouping plants symbiotically, for maximum harvest and use of space. Tamara hopes the Cortes community can work together, like plants in a guild, to stay nourished and healthy during COVID-19.  “Food security, in the broadest sense, means that everybody has access to nutrient-rich food,” Tamara tells me. “But,” she continues, “on a personal level, food security means that we’re connected to our food source.”  Connecting To Your Food Source For Tamara, being connected to her food source means supporting local fishers, farmers and food-producers. It also means getting to know the soil, and learning to grow food too.  “I guess true food security is really when we can encourage as many people as possible to have those...
Loni Taylor On Food Security

Loni Taylor On Food Security

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  “To me, food security is about being able to relive the individual and community from stress and anxiety around how they’re going to feed themselves and their family,” Loni Taylor says. “Taking that weight off allows our community to fulfill all the other roles that they want to or were meant to fill. And it enables us to be stronger and healthier in the process.”  Loni and her dog, Xusum, in her garden. Photo credit: Vicky Kelman COtres Currents: Tara Warkentin interviews Lonia Taylor A Vibrant Green Hub Loni Taylor is a member of the CCEDA – the Cortes Community Development Association. CCEDA is working on initiatives to improve local food security. They are informed by a recent survey, which addressed community needs and desires. Respondents were eager to grow more food, but identified a need for permanent growing space. “[Many] people that have the knowledge and the desire to grow their own food don’t have sustainable year round housing on Cortes, and they’re usually displaced sometime in the spring.” Loni says. CCEDA’s food security initiatives aim to fill this gap by providing solid ground for all islanders to grow food in. CCEDA is entrusted with 2.7 acres of commercial land in downtown Manson’s Landing, adjacent to the Community Housing project, that they hope to develop into a vibrant green hub that meets islanders needs. CCEDA also hopes to generate produce and revenue for the Food Bank.  Loni shares her own dreams for a community food preservation and storage facility.  “One of the main...
Secrets of the Cedar Weavers

Secrets of the Cedar Weavers

By tracing the history and stories behind two hats, Tara Warkentin discovers a rich tapestry of practical and symbolic significance found in this ancient art. Episode #3: Secrets of the Cedar Weavers by Tara Warkentin | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/03+Secrets+of+the+Cedar+Weavers.mp3 Interviewing A Cedar Weaver “My dinner table was pretty much my studio. we might clear off enough space where we might put our plate down and have dinner, and then we clear the table of dishes and it is right back to weaving. I have an open door policy so if a person is brave enough to come out and harvest with me in the Spring then the door is open for them in late September to start weaving classes every Wednesday evening and every Sunday from noon unti when we cannot weave anymore…” Acknowledgements Thank you to CiTR Radio 101.9 FM for lending me equipment. ~ Tara Top Photo Credit: Cedar weaving workshop with Amy Robertson in Vancouver at The Craft Lab, Where I recorded field recordings for Secrets of the Cedar Weavers - by Tara...