Held our 2nd Annual Family Day Garden Picnic yesterday down at the Woodland Park Community Garden where the Grandview Woodland Food Connection, in partnership with Evergreen Foundation help manage the Le Chou Garden. Le Chou is a part of the larger community garden and is providing gardening space for the WATARI Latin American Community Kitchen Group, the Britannia Healthy Choices Seniors group and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
WATARI helped to cook up a wonderful BBQ with Latin American beans, rice, and corn. We were treated with a great Guatemalan marimba group and of course lots of activities for the kids.
These picnics, food gatherings and celebrations are an integral part of our community food programming. As someone noted, our food security work is perhaps most effective in building social inclusion or engagement. This is a point well taken and certainly the foundation of all community development – relationship building and creating opportunities for community members to get involved in community that improves their life situation. This work is increasingly important as our social fabric is unraveling in our hyper consumeristic and individualistic culture. In response, the act of preparing food and eating together is a radical act of building community, of getting to know others we might not normally associate with.