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February’s Peer Learning Shift and Share

Our February session invited anyone in the CoP to share something they’re excited about, a question or challenge to collectively chew on, or any other spark connected to our domains. We had five folks take us up on the invitation in a Shift and Share, with gratitude to the following folks and the conversations they started!


🍓 Ana Méndez, Rethinking regional food roundtables 

🥭 Ian Marcuse, Where food sovereignty and Land Back connect

🍌 Madison Stewart, Co-locating emergency food services

🫐 Serena Caner, Building and diversifying engagement in a new community garden

🍇 Vanessa Daether, Fun with food evaluation



Some of the pieces folks said they noticed come up repeatedly in the Shift and Share, that they’re going to keep thinking about, and that will invite continued reflection:


❇️ Relationships are the most important part of programs


❇️ Equity


❇️ How to reimagine engagement in a roundtable


❇️ Where our relations with Indigenous communities begin


❇️ Thinking things through before moving to action


❇️ Reimagining community engagement in adaptive ways 


❇️ The value in learning from community


❇️ De-siloing working in this space, coalition building, finding the shared struggle


❇️ Different ways of being an organization


❇️ Cultural safety planning


❇️ Tiering evaluation to show larger impact of smaller programs


❇️ Collaborating on how to deepen relationship with land and people


❇️ Connecting is as important as doing


❇️ Collaborating for stronger food emergency preparedness


❇️ Deepening into relationships and allowing for a higher context space in a low context world


❇️ How groups function and how that allows some people to show up of not


❇️ Get out of the way of others doing/participating in the work


❇️ Increasing or changing the way I interact with my community partners


❇️ How do we understand and connect with local Indigenous governance systems


❇️ Value of connection and these types of conversations where we explore and don’t necessarily need a result