As a VISTA about to end my service year, this was supposed to be an exciting time – moving on to the next phase, going happily forward into the next chapter. It’s still exciting, but in more of a horror movie ‘don’t open that door’ kinda way. All the things I had planned are now on hold or canceled, and the future is uncertain at best.
Food accessibility and sovereignty is crucial during this because convenience has dissipated and overridden the average individual’s ability and knowledge to produce and prepare their own food. A large number of individuals haven’t been exposed or taught traditional means of cooking or growing.
At this point, there isn’t a soul in the world who hasn’t heard of COVID-19. The novel coronavirus has taken the international community by storm in the past month infecting, at the time of writing, over 420,000 people and killing over 18,000. The world, collectively, is dealing with something that the majority of people have never seen in their lifetimes and figuring out how to proceed in this time of uncertainty has not been easy.
Cooking Connections; Partnerships to Promote Emotional Wellbeing Among Senior Refugee and Immigrant Communities19.02.2020 in Harvest Blog, International Rescue Committee, Washington state
On an icy afternoon in January, the Namaste Garden’s senior Bhutanese refugee community members gathered at St. Thomas Church in Tukwila, WA to attend a cooking class.
Restoring a historic, 40-year-old pear tree orchard to help increase access to fresh food in Vancouver05.02.2020 in Harvest Blog, Harvest VISTA, Slow Food SW WA, Washington state
Learn about Foley Park, one of the largest orchards that Urban Abundance helps steward, in Lynsey Horne’s blog post.
Benji created the first comprehensive food resource list in Clallam County and has brought together multiple partners to form a new weekly meal program.
Sending out thank you cards, pruning trees, and public outreach at Good Cheer Food Bank.