The Community Building for Food Security workshop uses a participatory approach to facilitate community asset mapping, capacity building and action planning for food security in Alberta communities. The communities that have taken advantage of this great capacity building opportunity so far include: Grande Prairie, Lacombe, High Level, Blood First Nation, Cold Lake, Medicine Hat, Brooks, Sylvan Lake, Lloydminster, Fort Vermilion, Drayton Valley, Fort Mcleod, Vegreville, Red Deer treaties 6, 7, and 8.
The workshops use the insights and experiences of Community Building Resources, the CAPC/CPNP National Project Fund titled ‘Building Capacity for Food Security through Mentoring’ and the “Thought About Food? A Workbook on Food Security and Influencing Policy” tools, processes, action planning guidelines, and DVD. The workshop demonstrates ways to use asset based community development approaches including community capacity building, asset mapping and the Tosterud CAFÉ approach for food security actions. Readiness criteria was established for communities to address when submitting their application to have a workshop in their community. To view the workshop resources click here
This GFSA initiative also provided some financial support/seed money to the same rural communities to jump-start the planning and implementation of their Food Security action plans (coordination, convening, transportation, child care, food, materials etc.).
As a result of funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada - Population Health Fund, GFSA has also been able to offer Advanced Community Building for Food Security Workshops to the nine original communities and additional revisits to four communities to assist with action plans and formulation of policy directions.
Through support from the Rural Secretariat a third level workshop tited "A Community Food Intensive - the SELRS workshop" was also created and piloted successfuly in Lacombe in Feb 2013. Sustainable Equitable Locale Regenerative System for food - Fort Macleod has and Lethbridge and Medicine Hat may be the next communities to bring this community Food Intensive to their communties in the 2015. Contact Susan and Rene for more informaton on this workshop.
For more information or to get involved contact or Rene or Susan and get on the List Serv, join the monthly teleconferences and join the FaceBook page..this is an ever-growing group:
There are an amazing group of people with a variety of experience and abilities who are part of AFM/GFSA.
Susan Roberts AFM Board Chair and/or
Rene Michalak AFM Treasurer and Phoenix Fire Consulting
c/o Community Building Resources
Ph: 780-987-2002 Fax: 780-481-0356