Systemic racism is woven throughout our food system. Black, Indigenous & People of Colour (BIPOC) communities feed the world through their skilled labour globally, and here in North America through migrant worker programs. While the work of migrant labourers is instrumental for us to feed our population, these people don't receive the same rights, supports and benefits as everyone else - the covid-19 pandemic has recently exacerbated these issues right here in Ontario. In times like these, we want to share the voices of BIPOC folks & organizations working for food & land justice. As a couple of starting points, please follow the work of La Via Campesina (@la_via_campesina_official) and Civil Eats (@civileats). La Via Campesina has been organizing for peasant farmer & migrant worker rights across the world since 1993. Civil Eats is a food politics media source that regularly publishes BIPOC writers and spotlights BIPOC food justice work. . There’s a big conversation about race taking place, and we’re avidly paying attention & learning. There have been so many excellent resources shared in recent days, for which we're grateful. We want to remind you that supporting a sustainable, local food system that doesn't rest on poor treatment of migrant workers is part of working for food justice. It's important to acknowledge and support farms who are doing the work and spending the money to treat migrant workers with the dignity and respect they deserve. We at On The Move Organics and The Root Cellar commit to continuing to learn about and work for food justice, and to doing the work to be more effective allies to BIPOC communities. . @onthemoveorganics.ca #foodjustice Image courtesy of La Via Campesina.
One year ago we lost our friend, family member, co-worker and co-owner. Today our team is taking some time to read through shared memories and stories about our years with Joel. Joel, you are deeply missed.
👋 Hey all, it's been a while! Dropping in to say we miss you (especially you, Bill!), and we miss making coffees and hanging up art shows and planning Taproot events and serving up Kale Caesars and Emerald City smoothies. We're staying busy taking care of kiddos, helping out at On The Move Organics, and working on a pretty special food security project with LIFE*SPIN. We're still fully closed at the restaurant, but you can order some of our favourite dishes and condiments through @onthemoveorganics.ca (check out the “Prepared” section) along with bottles of our favourite @rosewoodwine and @peleewinery wines. Have yourself a little Root Cellar date night at home one of these evenings ;) . Stay safe and well, y’all 🌿 . Cellar Dweller photo of the wonderful Bill by @mariamwaliji.photography
Community Supported Organic Meals Update! 🌿 Thank you #ldnont: with your support and donations, we've made and delivered 696 organic meals!! We'd like to keep the program going - follow the link in bio if you'd like to participate. For each $10 donation, we can prepare & deliver one healthy organic wrap. Meals are delivered to frontline healthcare and social service workers - check out the list below, or at the website to see who we've been able to support so far 🌿 . @unityprojectldn @atlohsa London InterCommunity Health Centre, @lhsccanada (University Hospital ER and Medicine Units; Victoria Hospital Medicine Unit), @mlhealthunit (Covid-19 Assessment Centres and main office), My Sister’s Place staff and clients, @hivaidsconnect @canadaslifeline @anovafuture and London CAReS!
🌿We’ve reopened Community Supported Organic Meals donations! . We’ve delivered 550 meals donated by YOU so far (with two more deliveries planned next week to bring us past the threshold of total meals donated) and we’re ready for more! Meals have gone to staff and clients at @unityprojectldn @atlohsa London InterCommunity Health Centre, @anovafuture @lhsccanada , London CAReS, @hivaidsconnect @mlhealthunit @canadaslifeline , My Sister’s Place and both Covid-19 assessment centres. . This program was developed to keep our two longest-employed kitchen staff working, while supporting the frontline healthcare and social service workers who are showing up to take care of all of us during the pandemic. . Follow the link in bio to learn more and donate, and thank you for your generosity🌞🌿
🌏 RESPECT YOUR MOTHER. Happy Earth Day, friends. Today, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we challenge ourselves and our community to take climate action. Visit earthday.org for 24 hours of online actions. Art by Favianna Rodriguez 🌿 EARTHDAY.ORG #EARTHDAY2020 #separatebuttogether
Cellar dweller Mariam has just launched an amazing collection of photos, with support going to some of our favourite organizations! If you can, please support (it’s almost her birthday 🤗) 💕 . “Her personal work explores the beauty in grace and in grit, hoping to challenge her audience to experience the catharsis of feeling infinitely small in, what is frankly, a really big world. . . I have been exceptionally lucky to have travelled the world. I've explored places that have blurred the lines between fantasy and reality, and been confronted with such strange beauty that I feel compelled to keep travelling farther, exploring deeper, and working harder in search of what will next leave me speechless. With every trip I take, one thing remains constant: I feel most at home when I step away. Retreat back from the crowds, the cities, and the noise and instead soak in how incredibly small I feel in this big, wide world. Lately it's been hard to find the beauty. The world feels scary and small, and these photographs have been here to remind me that it isn't. It remains big, expansive, and filled with such startling, raw beauty that I will never, ever be able to see it all. I take solace in that. I hope you do too. . . These prints capture moments in time where I have felt the most connected with the world around me; they exist to provide me (and hopefully you) comfort. In making this art available for purchase, I also want to provide comfort and support to the most vulnerable people in our community. 10% of each print sale will be donated to one of four organizations in London which address issues that I deeply care about. The donations will be split between @atlohsa @anovafuture @unityprojectldn @urbanrootslondon * . . . I hope you enjoy this work, and if anything, are reminded that there is so much more out there than what we are currently feeling. Be kind. Be gentle. Take care. https://www.mariamwaliji.com/prints . . *for those of you unaware, I am a director of Urban Roots. This is a volunteer position, and I do not benefit financially from any donations going towards the organization
🌿🌞Gosh, we miss y’all. We’re still here & keeping busy delivering Community Meals (check out our story for an update), helping our pals out at @onthemoveorganics.ca , getting ready for the season at @lola__bees, and putting our heads together & having lots of Big Talks about food security and building community. You know. As we do. We hope everyone out there is safe and well xoxo . . Best tees by @rezonanceprinting 💕
🌿Thanks, London. You’ve made this possible. Up next: community meals heading to @hivaidsconnect and My Sister’s Place! . . #communitymeals #ldnont #ldnontario #covid_19 #supportsmallbusiness #supporthealthcareworkers #519 #519london