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Programs - Community Development
Table Talk: Growing with Native Plants
We focused on transforming our lawn from a green space to a landscape that mimics nature, using native plants. With the help of Richard and Courtney-Anne learn about native plants that thrive in Durham, the habitats these plants create and the benefits of being their gardener.
To download our 1-page summary
Watch our Live Zoom Q and A with Courtney-Anne here: https://youtu.be/55JYUYmi5iA
Table Talk: Botanical Bookworms
This COVID-friendly, book club-style series meets on Zoom to discuss books related to food security, food systems and/or environmental sustainability. About a month before each meeting the public is invited to vote on 1 of 3 titles selected in partnership with Brock Public Library. The winning title is read and discussed at the upcoming meeting. As decided by the community, we meet on a quarterly basis. Come join the conversation! Follow our newsletter or social media to keep informed of the next date.
Vote, read, discuss!
Table Talk: Food Waste Film Screening
A virtual gathering to watch and discuss 10 Stories About Food Waste produced by Electrolux Group.
Ever heard of ‘penne’ made from squash stalks? Or 3D-printed food? This short documentary is a comprehensive introduction to the past, present, and future of food waste – its ongoing challenges and innovative solutions.
Watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/245592777
Table Talk: Intro to Homesteading
Table Talk Series saw Homesteader & Historical Interpreter, Jamie Campbell sharing her knowledge and introduction to homesteading. Homesteading is a lifestyle dedicated to developing self-sufficient agriculture and food preservation. Learn about its history, importance and how to get started. This virtual workshop will include a demonstration on how to regrow your everyday groceries and what you can do with your food scraps. It will also include a brief introduction to different methods of preserving your garden bounty.
Whether you live in an urban or rural area, come learn how to integrate modern homesteading into your every day, with practices big and small!
Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/0ey-23GtqOo
Table Talk: Kyénthonenhste (Let Me Plant Corn)
In November 2021, we had the privilege of listening to Erin Hayward, a Kanien’kéha-speaking (Mohawk language), third-generation urban Indigenous person discuss her critical role as a seed carrier or seed keeper. In this inspiring and informative presentation, Erin shared the history, cultural significance and art of Indigenous seed saving. By growing native corn and protecting the genetic integrity of those varieties through their seeds, Erin ensures these foods will be viable for future generations. If you were unable to attend the presentation, we highly recommend checking out the recording for more information on this important practice, and her suggestions on how to get involved!
Link to watch here: https://youtu.be/zDf-7DHwma8