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Dr. Chad Harvey (left) and Adam Chiaravalle (right)

Our Future Hamilton: Vision to Reality Stinson and McMaster Garden project

Food is what we eat, but food is also good to think with and even better to use to take action. Food largely determines the level of our health and well-being. Having said that, it is unfathomable that our prevailing food system, which is largely based on industrial agricultural, divorces humans and the environment from how food is produces food.

Oct 24, 2017

One of these problems is that diet related diseases are one of the biggest causes of death in Canada. This is preventable death. We must take action to improve our food system and since food is highly social this is a perfect way to engage people and build community. The Stinson McMaster garden project was a concrete initiative that educated people by involving them in how we grow food. Learning by doing is a vastly empowering experience, because it gives us the ability to understand what the problems are and what actions are needed to make change. As a political science graduate, I have learned that real change is only possible when academia and the community work together. Having said that, McMaster being an institution of social transformation and it being located in city such as Hamilton with a burgeoning progressive food movement serves as the perfect climate for making change. The next phase of this project is to deepen our understanding of how food is produced by creating a permaculture farm at McMaster. This will allow for us to examine that food is inseparable from human and environmental health. Our food system has devastating and far reaching ramifications, however the solutions are embarrassingly simple: allow people to be connected to their food system.

To learn more watch the Our Future Hamilton: Community Gardens YouTube video.