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The intention of this project was to increase local interest and capacity for individuals to engage with their food security, increase awareness, and encourage exchange. The scope included several smaller projects and events held at both a private/individual level as well as a larger community, regional or commercial level. For example, the Seed Swap encouraged people to save their own seed from the garden, trade it with others to expand diversity, and thereby increase local sustainability. Education and hard skills were presented to increase awareness around food production as well as nurture the conversation of local agricultural economic development. Community data was collected to begin to understand people’s behavioural patterns around food production, exchange, and consumption. This data helps build a clearer picture of what a ‘self reliant’ community looks like in an area such as ours.
Contact: Paris Marshall-Smith

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