Submitted by Marina Aitcheson, UVic student
A series of workshops presented by The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), the Compost Education Centre and LifeCycles Project called “Growing Food Close to Home” planted the first seed in the conversation about newcomers’ relationship with food.
• How do newcomers access the food they want to eat?
• Have you ever wondered where your favorite ingredients are located in Victoria?
• Are you curious about the local food in Victoria and where to get it?
• Do you want to learn about growing your own food?
If you are curious about these questions, then you are not alone! Myself and three other community mapping students from UVic are also curious about how newcomers in Victoria locate the food that they want to eat or grow. Our University of Victoria course, Mapping Edible Geographies, instructed by Dr. Jen Bagelman, sets the table for conversations about food systems, as well as the theory and practice of community mapping. Community mapping involves creating a useful resource, with a community, focusing on their needs and desires.
That’s where newcomers join the table. With open hearts and ears, we workshopped and learned from newcomers that left us with some serious food for thought to inform this map.
The community food map provides a useful resource that the community can use to find and grow food in Victoria. Hopefully, this map encourages connections across different groups of people through a common love and necessity: food. Keep the conversation growing, find “Your Community Food Map” at the ICA or online to add your own locations!