I hope this note finds you well. How's the weather your way? We've finally had some temperatures over freezing! And all our seed orders have arrived. There has to be spring!
I've been thinking about the title here - Saving the World in My Spare Time -and thought I'd just put down some of the organizations and events that have crossed my path lately, because they are all saving the world, in the spare time of volunteers and some paid staff.
The Pod Knowledge Exchange - http://thepod.cfccanada.ca/
Online, you can find out about food issues, styles of local food security organizations, and find resources to help you find ways that your community can be more food secure.
The Pod is a part of the work of Community Food Centres Canada (www.cfccanada.ca) which helps community food centres across the country share information and celebrations, and learn about issues and how to do more effectively the work they do.
USC-Canada is focused on building agricultural resilience through ecological agriculture. Programs are in areas of seed security and diversity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, rural economies, gender equality, and young farmers. Its core values of rights, resilience and respect have been with USC Canada since its beginning, which is all the way back to 1945 when a Czech refugee, Dr. Lotta Hitchmanova, founded the organization to help children suffering after the second world war.
USC-Canada has a new program, I Am a Seed Saver, to celebrate the importance of seeds for food security. To meet some seed savers: check here. http://www.usc-canada.org/i-am-a-seed-saver/itemlist/category/47-meet-some-seed-savers
The Bauta Family Initiative on Seed Security in Canada is a partnership of USC-Canada and Seeds of Diversity Canada, working to find which farmers are saving seed across the country, encouraging more seed saving, and educating about its importance.
All those programs have volunteers ... saving the world in their spare time.
Ah! It's good to remember these good things sometimes!
Very best regards,