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Growing Food Security in Alberta…One Community At a Time May 31, 2010

Posted by gfsa in Community Stories.
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Food Security and food sovereignty are hot topics in the news these days. People are starting to think more about where their food comes from, who grew it, how was it produced, what’s in it, and how far did it travel. They are starting to be interested in growing and cooking their own food, and they are beginning to see the importance of a vibrant local food system.

So what’s happening in Alberta around food security? Lots! Many communities have been addressing food security issues for years. GFSA is directly connected to 12 rural Alberta communities, and they are doing amazing things! Thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, GFSA has been able to provide Community Building for Food Security workshops, advanced workshops, follow-up workshops and small grants in these 12 communities.

What’s Community Building for Food Security all about? This is a participatory approach to facilitate community asset mapping, relationship building, capacity building and action planning around food. It allows communities to reflect on their uniqueness and address food challenges in ways that are meaningful to them. For more information and to view the workshop material visit the GFSA web site at www.foodsecurityalberta.ca

Which Alberta communities are participating? The twelve participating communities include: Brooks, Blood First Nation, Cold Lake, Fort Vermilion, Lacombe, Lloydminster, Grande Prairie, High Level, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Vegreville. This initiative started in 2006 with seven communities and has expanded over the years to include 12. Each community has had successes and challenges over the years. We will be sharing their stories through this blog in the coming months, so stay tuned!

Comments? We want to know what you think and welcome your comments.  Please note that all comments are moderated, so please ensure your comments are civil and relevant to the topic.  Offensive or defamatory comments will not be posted.



1. JD - June 1, 2010

I think far too often people feel too removed from the entire food production and indeed forget where food comes from, who it involves and the drawing power it has for communities. The idea of community involvement and addressing food security concerns together is a wonderful approach and I look forward to participating and watching these communities and others flourish. Well Done GFSA.

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