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In The Middle of A Canadian Winter: Taking Time to Celebrate Local Foods


I’m going to be away from my blog for much of the next couple of days, as I travel to Winnipeg to attend the Food Matters Manitoba Growing Local conference. I’m looking forward to meeting like-minded people who are putting verbs in their sentences when it comes to climate change and food security, as well as sampling some great locally-sourced food and learning new ideas that I can bring home to northwestern Ontario. While sometimes being a climate activist is hard work, events like this – and the people who organize and attend them – are a good reminder that many of the changes that need to/will happen because of climate change and peak oil are positive, and community-building, and just plain fun!

Winona LaDuke is the guest speaker at this year’s conference (last year it was Joel Salatin). Ms. LaDuke is an author, orator & activist. She’s a graduate of Harvard & Antioch with advanced degrees in rural economic development, and has devoted her life to protecting the lands & lifeways of First Nations communities.  Here is Ms. LaDuke talking about food sovereignty:


More links:

Honor The Earth

Food Matters Manitoba: Growing Local

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 2012/02/24 6:26 am

    I love verbs. Slow is a verb. Live is a verb. Act is a verb. Love is a verb. Love slow living activism! Enjoy Winnipeg ;-D

    • 2012/02/24 5:25 pm

      Thanks, California man. You’d be having a great time at this conference, too. A whole bunch of visionaries who are accomplishing amazing things. I can’t say enough good things about Winona LaDuke. I’m definitely going to need to read her books now.

  2. Chrissy permalink
    2012/02/24 7:14 am

    Enjoy your weekend Christine! I am there in heart. Snag some info on goats if you get a chance to! hahaha or any other info…. safe travels!

    • 2012/02/24 5:22 pm

      Done – Mark attended the goat workshop, and he retains details better than me, so just ask him next time you see him. He even has a sample of goat milk soap.

  3. 2012/02/24 8:44 am

    This sounds like a great conference – enjoy your time in the ‘Peg!

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