Nourish Supports Local Food System in Montreal, Canada

Montreal citizens install a garden at the YMCA.Pauline Cordier, a coordinator at the Centre YMCA Pointe-Saint-Charles, has begun incorporating the Nourish curriculum into a variety of public outreach programs.

As an ecological community development organization, we offer a large number of workshops for schools, public libraries, public spaces, community organizations, and coops. The workshops explore the effect of the food system on our community, families, and the natural environment. We found that the Nourish Curriculum Guide really complements our public outreach activities.

We used the Nourish food system tools to create a guide on food security and how intermediaries affect the final price that customers pay for their food. We also used the local food system graphic to talk about solutions, such as protecting the environment and supporting small farmers and local businesses.

We plan to use the Nourish resources even more in the future as we develop our “Green Class” initiative, which will offer a one-class-per-month curriculum for primary school children. The Nourish videos provide an important visual dimension, bringing to life a variety of big ideas related to food and sustainability.

We will also share some of the tools we developed with information gathered from Nourish at our neighborhood mini-markets. These markets are organized by different partners from the neighborhood to enable greater food security.

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