Food Forward has been supporting the community food connections to help get a unique project off the ground in St. James Town. Our member and cafe organizer, Rebecca blogged about its launch event, intended to outreach and build further support. Our Education Intern Caitlin Greenham and Executive Director, Darcy Higgins spoke at the event on engaging in the municipal budget and provincial election. Partnerships made this happen, with resident support along with organizations such as Low Income Families Together (LIFT), Toronto Green Community and many neighbourhood organizations. More photos will be shared on our Facebook group.
Below is from Rebecca's blog, The First Day:
While I haven’t been writing, I haven’t given in to despair. I have been busy working on a project to engage people to enjoy and advocate for for healthy affordable food. Our plan is to establish a co- operative community café where people from many economic and cultural groups can talk, organize, eat, drink, cook, listen to music, and join in growing and preparing food and buying affordable organic food through a food buying club.
Through the amazing connection-making powers of Nancy and Jo, and many others, we have built a strong network of people and organizations who are helping make this project happen (we’re still looking for more – if you’re interested!) On Friday August 19, we held the first trial run of the community café, and it was a fantastic success!
While we work now on securing funds and a permanent space, we're also looking forward to the next café in the park, on September 23!
Thank you to Jeffrey Chan for the fantastic photos! http://www.snapclickpixel.com/