The Food Issue

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June, 2010


How do you spell "Reason to Dream?" O - T - E - S - H - A
Riding on Hope     
The Otesha Project's Monthly Journal        
This Edition: All About Food        
June 2010        
New Faces
Local Becomes 100 Inches
Planting Seeds
Next Top Workshop
Recipe for Action
Choosing Our Future
June 11th
Choosing Our Future Sustainability Summit 
in Ottawa

 (more info below!)

June 25th 
Training for the Coast to Capital Tour starts
in Vancouver

We Are What We Eat
Are you a raw foodist? How about a vegan, a locavore, an herbivore? Vegetarian? Are you a conscious omnivore, carnivore, atkinist or a fruitarian?

Food continues to be one of the most personal, and political, choices we make. In this special food edition of the Journal, we'll share a few links, updates and thoughts on food.
New faces and food favourites

We have recently welcomed some shiny happy new faces to the office. Thanks in part to funding fromYouth Eco Internship Program, we are pleased to introduce our Orchestra of Interns:Orchestra of Interns

Dasha (not pictured right), an organic locavore who is originally from Russia, will focus on getting The Otesha Book: From Junk to Funk into the hands of youth, adults, and youth who don't know that they are adults yet. 

Jillian (right) and Julie (left) have joined the Programs Team, searching for the lucky schools and communities that will meet the 2010 cycling tour teams. Hailing from Toronto, Jill is a pescetarian - no fur or feathers for her. Julie is from Peterborough and is an occasional carnivore who likes tomatoes and avocado in her salads. Lavi is also pictured, tasked to keep our technology in check.

Last but not least, Felix! Coming in as a new Executive Director, he's an Omnivore whose favourite foods are fresh milk and sweet potato. He's the reason for the Daddy in 'Daddy Darrell', Operating Director of Operations.

Want a job that matches your values?


Sink your teeth into this: we are still seeking a Programs Team Member to join us in July, for six months. Check out the opportunity here. Apply now!  
Local Food - 100 Inches Away  

Where do you find your food? Do you find it in a box? Do you find it with a fox?  

After five weeks of cycling and learning about Ontario's food system, the Ferocious Farm Tour team isdescending on the GTA!  They have been working on farms, wowing high school students with their play, and talking about food. 

What spring-time local food have they unearthed? "There has been lots of asparagus, spinach, lettuce, and a few farms have offered up local carrots and potatoes from last year's harvest! When we do have to eat food that isn't local, we choose fair trade products with as little packaging as possible" says tour member Anna.

Meanwhile, several members of the Ferocious Farm Tour have taken 100 miles to 100 INCHES, bygrowing food on their bikes! In their eagerness to turn their food learning onto food eating, the team members now have seedlings and sprouts adorning their bicycles. To follow the team's experience, read their Notes From the Road here, or click here to have them delivered right to your inbox.  

Looking for food that doesn't need a passport to get to you? Try your local farmer's market!  Here are some links to where you can find yours in BCAlberta, and Ontario.
Planting seeds - where will they grow?

This summer, our Otesha cycling superheros 
will plant the St Marys Welcomes Oteshaseed of sustainability in the hearts of youth across Canada.

We want to plant as many seeds as possible this summer, and we need your help! Schools, summer camps, municipalities, community centers, and churches, are all fertile places. And, since even superheros need to sleep, we also welcome contacts of campsites, churches and backyard owners in all locations.

The Great Lakes Tour of 2009 receives a great welcome.
In July and August we are looking for summer camps and accommodation contacts in these locations:
BC (Manning Park and Vernon)
Alberta (Banff, Brooks, Ralston and Medicine Hat)
Saskatchewan (Maple Creek, Gull Lake, Swift Current, Chaplin and Moose Jaw)

In September and October, we are looking for school and accommodation contacts in these locations:
New Brunswick (Oromucto, Cambridge, Sussex, Moncton, Sackville)
Prince Edward Island (Summerside, Elmsdale, Miscouche, Kensington, Charlottetown, Montegue)
Nova Scotia (New Glasgow, Antigonish, Truro, South Maitland, Windsor, Wolfville, Mount Uniacke, Lower Sackville, Bedford and Halifax) 

If you are in or around any of the above communities or know someone who is, please email or fill out our performance request form.

Vote for The Next Top Workshop

As you know, we facilitate dynamic and engaging workshops aimed at getting Canadian youth engaged with important environmental and social justice issues. We've connected with thousands of students through Cradle to Grave: The Banana Chain Workshop, charging them up with the knowledgethat each consumer choice is a vote for the world that they want to live in.

Now It's time to introduce the world to a new workshop, and we want YOU to tell us what it should be about. All you need to do is take a minute to fill in this little form. Next month we will showcase the amazing ideas that you sent in and ask you to vote for your favorite!

A Recipie for Action: Grocery Guerrilla Theatre

Ingredients: 2-3 cool friends (or one brave soul) + 1 grocery store

1. While standing in front of apples from South Africa, for example, speak really loudly to yourself, to one of your friends, or to a stranger, asking why the apples needed to come all the way from South Africa, wondering how many CO2 emissions had been emitted in transportation, and wondering what kind of conditions the apples were picked under.

2. Have a friend stand in front of, or point to, the local organic apples and make a statement about how you are so glad that these apples aren't drenched in poisonous chemicals/aren't genetically modified/haven't traveled as far to get to the store. Make a big deal about how happy you are to make a choice that you feel is good for the earth and its inhabitants. 

3. Feel free to repeat something similar in front of other grocery store choices you see. Be sure to keep a positive attitude so people won't be scared away by what you are doing, but rather interested in listening to you. Encourage shoppers to make better choices rather than just list negative impacts, and be courteous and respectful to all, including store managers.

This recipe can be found among many others in The Otesha Book: From Junk to Funk.

Choosing Our Future - Sustainability Summit

Think TED talks, but with a sustainability spin. Our very own Development Director, Jen Valberg, will be presenting along with eight other speakers at the sustainability summit put on by the City of Ottawa's Choosing Our Future program. Come out to listen, learn, discuss and be inspired by community leaders with ideas about how we can become a more resilient and livable community.   

Friday, June 11, 2010
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West 

To register visit, e-mail or call 3-1-1. 
Website of the Month

You know what they say, if you can't stand the heat, get out 
Bon Apetit food choicesof the kitch... er... planet?

So how does your average lunch contribute to global warming? Find out using this sweet interactive site that tracks your CO2 points, developed through generalizing scientific studies on food-carbon relationships. Let us know your results & we'll post the results next week. 
Postcard of the month

After every Otesha presentation, we invite our audience members to change the world by committing to one new hopeful action. Each individual receives a postcard, writes the action on the back, and if they complete the action, they mail it in to our office. We now have thousands of postcards from across Canada, and they are our proof that we are building a movement. Here's one of our favourites from this month:

"I wanted my garden plot contained by boards. Fred was all set to by new wood when he remembered he had some left over from another job. He not only recycled it but some steel brackets to hold it together!"

Kelly and Fred, 58 and 59, Edmonton, AB
Wish list
We like re-using! And taking other peoples' trash! Here's what we are in need of right now:
  • Filing cabinet - 2 drawers, lockable
  • Your less-than-perfect digital camera
Drop offs are welcome between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Thursday at The Otesha House (72 Riverdale Ave.)