Eating as a Practice of Love and Care

Maureen Wild

Gabriola Ecumenical Society

Tuesday, March 21 2017

Come join us March 24-25 (or at least for one of these dates) for a special forum focusing on the sacredness of food (from farm to table feast) and exploring eating and growing practices as these relate to deep care for the well-being of Earth, seeds, plants, animals, local farmers, community, family and self.  This event is one in a series of the Gabriola Ecumenical Society’s 2016-2017 theme: “Fires of Transformation – and the greatest of these is Love.” 

Dan Jason from Saltspring Island will be our guest presenter along with a variety of Gabriolan voices committed to their passion as related to food and food choices - growing it, sharing it and eating it!  You’ll hear personal stories of transformation, and how ‘love’ impels each one. 

Dan Jason is an organic farmer who also co-founded Seeds of Diversity Canada and the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada - seed banks whose mission is to preserve varieties of vegetables and crops.  He is the founder and owner of Saltspring Seeds, a seed company that specializes in heritage and heirloom varieties of vegetables and plants.  Dan is active in food politics, being a candid critic of genetically modified seeds, patents on living organisms, and industrial agriculture in general.  He has written several books and is delighted to be returning to Gabriola again, and accompanied by his wife, Celeste.

Gabriolan panelists, inspirational leaders and storytellers include Katie Massy, Dion Pepper-Smith, Pandit Tejomaya, Tsiporah Grignon, Erica Jackson, Sigrid Bjarnason, Dona Bradley, Eric Veale, and John Switzer. Opening the Forum (Fri. 6pm) will be Amy Block and Paul Gellman who will share briefly the Shabbat tradition of blessing and breaking challah with everyone.  Judith Roux and a team at The Commons will give an orientation of the Community Kitchen as part of our Sat. lunch break. Closing the Forum with story and song will be Joëlle and Victor Anthony. It promises to be a great time with all these extraordinary folks.  Not to be missed!

More details of the Forum schedule, costs, meals, and to register online to reserve a space (limit 40):  www.gabriolaecumenical.com.