The Youth Food Action Team brings together youth who want to make a difference! We are a team of youth between the ages of 14-24 that have a common interest in local food systems and good food in the CRD. Our program offers education to our youth members on local food through networking with urban farms, local restaurants, and other local organizations. The team’s mission and mandate includes creating a youth food network as well as educating our communities through workshops, video projects, and conferences on the subjects of good food and local food systems.
We now have team T-shirts! Smoking Lily hosted the T-shirt making for us and gave us an informative silk screening workshop to go along with it. The artwork for the T-shirts was all done by Youth Coordinator Eden Murray; many doodles of chickens, native plants, and root vegetables have appeared on our beautiful shirts. The team vibe is strong!
One exciting project has taken place in collaboration with the Food Share Network. Our team has been piloting a video project where we make meals and turn the footage into ‘how to’ videos. The idea is to provide people receiving fresh produce boxes with the inspiration and skills to work with the produce enjoyably. We have completed one video project, in which the Mustard Seed generously let us use their kitchen. A few team members made dahl and fresh mango salsa on the spot! We also filmed it all and the video has just been edited!
Bike 2 Farm
We have a strong team member named Bridget Weston that is organizing Bike 2 Farm events for the team. We have one coming up in early June that will be purely urban farms. Topsoil, and Mason St. are on the list! Be sure to contact Bridget with any inquires through email: email@example.com.
Youth Food Conference
Some exciting planning for the fall is well underway. Our Youth Food Conference is going to be incredible! The vision is to have a gathering of youth from the CRD for a conference on good food, food security, local food systems and youth food leadership. The goal being to provide already inspired youth with the resources, support and motivation that they need to continue on their inquiry path towards good food. Some key objectives are to: kick start the Youth Food Network, provide essential community resources and connections to youth involved, broaden youth engagement in food system roundtable, strengthen overall Youth Voice, and promote local farms and food oriented businesses that are accessible to youth. If you are between the ages of 14-24, you are eligible to attend. If you work with this age group, we would love your support in promotion! For all inquiries related to the conference, email Eden at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in learning more about how your food system works? Do you want to cook, grow, harvest or compost your own food? Are you passionate about social justice or getting more involved in your community?
Then join the Youth Food Action Team! Email Eden Murray: email@example.com to learn more, and find us on Facebook.