There’s nothing better than starting off the summer by learning new food skills and getting some dirt under your fingernails with neighbors and coworkers. For three of the thirteen communities Food Matters works with across Northern Manitoba, that’s just the opportunity the annual Grow North Conference provides.
Last year, over a hundred community members had the chance to gain new gardening and greenhouse growing skills, get tips on food preparation and storage, reclaim traditional food skills, and learn the ins and outs of backyard poultry production.
Upcoming Conference Sites
Funded by the Northern Healthy Food Initiative and in partnership with Manitoba Agriculture, Food, and Rural Development, Food Matters will hold workshops and hands-on food skills activities aimed at increasing access to healthy foods in Grand Rapids, Brochet, and Fox Lake throughout May and June.
Over the past couple months, staff has been working with local food champions in each of the three communities to tailor workshops and activities to the interests of conference sites.
In Grand Rapids, after a day of learning the basics of gardening, seed saving, and composting, participants will gather to catch, fillet, and smoke pickerel and white fish before the two day event wraps up with a celebratory feast.
At the community garden and greenhouse site near the Brochet Health Centre, participants will have a chance to put the skills and knowledge they gain at the first day of workshops to practice when they gather to fill the large garden plot and greenhouse with seeds Food Matters sent up to the community at the beginning of May.
The Grow North circuit will wrap in Fox Lake, where a local harvester and resource user will accompany participants as they head out on the land to learn traditional food skills. These activities will follow a day of learning about greenhouse maintenance, fruit tree planting, and soil development.
Food Matters will also be supporting community members to attend Bayline Regional Round Table’s Grow North Conference in Wabowden. The two day conference will cover a variety of topics, including traditional medicines, backyard poultry production, trapping, and outdoor survival and will give folks who are not hosting a conference in their community an opportunity to gather and learn new skills.
For more information about Grow North, please contact Kelsey at email@example.com.