In November 2007, Deconstructing Dinner attended one of the first regional food security conferences ever held in Canada. With a population of less than 10,000 people, the City of Nelson, B.C., hosted over 250 people for the first evening of keynote speakers. With an equally impressive 170 in attendance on the second day of keynote speakers and workshops, the conference acts as an example for other Canadian communities wishing to begin organizing themselves to take greater control over the food available to them.
Deconstructing Dinner hopes the raw recordings, shows and resources presented on the conference page will aid groups across the country looking to ensure a socially and environmentally responsible local food system that benefits local economies.
On Part III, we listen in on segments from two of the four conference workshops: Technical Aspects of Farming, and Community Development. This episode highlights the dialogue that such a conference can help inspire, and emphasizes the wealth of knowledge and talent that may be hidden in the recesses of North American communities.
Conscientious Cooks V
In September 2007, Host Jon Steinman travelled to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. During his time there, he sat down to a tasty meal at Weczeria -- a small restaurant where chef Daniel Walker ensures ingredients are uniquely Saskatchewan. While some restaurants display their coveted awards, Walker instead adorns his walls with photographs of his suppliers.
Merv Sloss, Local Flavours Products and Services Co-operative (Creston, B.C.) -- LFPSC is a food co-operative that looks to directly link producers, processors, distributors and retailers with consumers.
Herb Barbolet, associate, Simon Fraser University's Centre for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD) (Burnaby, B.C.) -- The CSCD is a teaching and research unit of Simon Fraser University, established in 1989. The Centre uses the resources and talents of the University to teach and encourage accountable and sustainable community development. Herb farmed organically for ten years and was co-founder of FarmFolk/CityFolk, a nonprofit that works to create local, sustainable foor systems.
Jeremy Lack, farmer, Mad Dog Farm (Tarrys, B.C.)
Wayne Harris, farmer, Mountain Valley Dairy (Lister, B.C.)
And more from workshop delegates, panellists and facilitators...
Dan Walker, owner/chef, Weczeria: Food & Wine (Saskatoon, S.K.) -- The word "Weczeria" is an homage to Daniel and Nicole Walker's roots. Daniel is of Ukrainian ancestry and Nicole is of Polish ancestry; together they chose Weczeria, the Ukrainian word for "evening meal." Although the restaurant's cuisine is not Ukrainian, the couple's heritage influences their preference for local ingredients and their desire to feed people the way they were fed growing up, how good Ukrainians feed people: with heart and hospitality.