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Homegrown Stories

In this section you will find stories of programs and initiatives across BC. If you have an idea for a homegrown story, please contact us.

Whose Food System? Challenging the Local Food Narrative in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Next week the hua foundation, along with the Vancouver Food Policy Council and the Kamloops Food Policy Council, are offering a workshop  on Unpacking White Privilege in the Food Movement. We will share more about this work in an upcoming Homegrown Story. In the meantime we invite you to explore the hua foundation’s current work and Gateway’s feature from a year ago.

Cultural food assets.
Parallel food systems.
Chinese food distribution system.

These are not familiar terms to those working in mainstream food security in BC. This language is, however, beginning to get out there thanks to the work of the Hua Foundation. This youth-driven organization nestled in Vancouver’s Chinatown is stewarding a conversation about culture, history, knowledge, and discrimination within the food movement.

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UPDATE from Vancouver’s North Shore: Table Matters Network Convenes Dialogues Celebrating Diversity

by Lindsey Miles-Pickup

This year’s Table Matters gathering on Vancouver’s North Shore, “Seed, Soil & Sovereignty: Celebrating Diversity With Food” confidently addressed themes of Indigenous food sovereignty, racism, and anti-poverty, some of the most critical issues in BC’s food system and movement.

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Planning for Food System Resilience at the Bulkley Valley Food Security Forum

The ice storms in the Lower Mainland last year prompted an inevitable crisis — highways were closed and food trucks couldn’t make it up here. Store shelves started emptying…We were having a food system breakdown.

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Reflecting on the Gateway: Conversations with our Community of Practitioners

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In this month’s Homegrown Story, we respond to some of your requests to share a bit about who is behind the Gateway as well as some emerging directions for the site. It’s been 2 years since the Gateway relaunched after an extensive redesign and we’ve been reflecting and learning about the news, resources and stories we share.  We’re excited to build upon these strengths in collaboration with the impressive people doing on the ground food security work across BC.

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