Join the Conversation on Land-Based Learning

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: November 10, 2021

Categories: Edible Education Network / Good Food Ideas for Kids / News from Sustain Members / News from Sustain Ontario / School Food News / Schools

Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) is hosting a discussion focused on land-based learning for the next Canada-wide Edible Education Community of Practice (CoP) meeting on Tuesday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. EST.

If you’re interested in attending, you’re encouraged to watch the 1-hour conversation below on land-based learning and food system education with three educators, Daemin Whetung, Alan Macdonald and Sian Nalleweg:

F2CC has developed a discussion guide to help you reflect on this recorded conversation before the November 16th event.

The November CoP meeting will hold small group discussions to reflect on and discuss what land-based learning can look like in edible education practices.

This meeting will let participants speak to any points that resonated with them in the recorded conversation and to share their own ideas and challenges regarding this approach to education.

If you are already a member of the Community of Practice, you’ll automatically receive a calendar invite for the event. If you are not a member of the CoP but wish to join this conversation, please register for the CoP here.

Learn more on Farm to Cafeteria Canada’s website.


What is meant by land-based learning?
Local food systems are rooted in the land we’re on and that we’re surrounded by, and this land comes with deep histories, stories, and lessons to share. We believe that education about our local food system must tie back to the land and its histories and stories. Land-based learning involves learning from the land and water, and understanding and fostering our connection to them. Farm to school is inextricably connected with land-based learning practices: land-based learning, as an experiential approach, helps us foster a relationship with food and understand how we sustain ourselves. Land-based learning is rooted in Indigenous teachings and worldviews, which should be acknowledged whenever this approach is used.