Speaker Series and General Meeting Feb. 4 at 1:00 (Join us for lunch at 12:00)

  • 04 Feb 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • Riverside United/Church of the Resurrection Anglican, 3191 Riverside Drive

Speakers Series and General Meeting at 1:00 on February 4, 2019.

Come and join us for lunch & conversation Monday, February 4th at noon before the Speakers’ Series /General Meeting at 1:00 pm.

You can register for lunch by sending an email to Joan Tyler, VP Operations at jctyler@sympatico.ca or by calling 613-744-6364.


If you don't register for lunch, one won't be ordered for you.

The cost of the lunch is $10.

The $10 is payable at the door on February 4th.

*If you have ordered lunch and then discover you can't come, we ask that you send a cheque to our Treasurer, Chris Narraway, (42 Esterlawn Private, Ottawa, ON, K2A 4B6) to cover the cost of the lunch that will be ordered for you.

1:00 pm  - February 4th -  Speakers’ Series

SPEAKER: France Benoit, Farmer and Food Security Activist, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

TOPIC: Northern-style food security: The Yellowknife Food Charter.

France Benoit is a policy advisor turned filmmaker turned foodie who then decided to become a farmer. France lives off-grid on the traditional lands of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories where she owns and operates Le Refuge Farm. Her farm is built on hope and resilience and is located on sheer bedrock in the middle of the boreal forest, literally. Using containers, rock gardens, small greenhouses, platforms, uneven raised beds and some garden rows France managed to learn how to grow food North of the 60th parallel. Pumping water from the nearby lake, operating a small irrigation system using solar energy and growing food through having to make her own soil and compost, France knows the simple life is a lot of work!

In her copious spare time, France is a food security activist. Six years ago, she helped found the Yellowknife Farmers Market. The Board soon realized its weekly market was only the beginning of a northern-style local food revolution. Soon afterwards came the drafting of the Yellowknife Food Charter which supports the development of a just and sustainable food system for all Yellowknifers. The Farmers Market also created programs which aim to increase the distribution of local fresh vegetables at the weekly market while also supporting low income young families through learning how to cook with those. France also pushed for the development of the very first NWT Agriculture Strategy and is currently supporting the work of the City of Yellowknife in developing its own local food strategy. France is continuously inspired by nature and the human spirit. Armed with a shovel and resilience, we can all change the world, one carrot at a time! 


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