How much land does it take to meet our food needs while ensuring there is enough land for nature? What would a sustainable foodshed look like for Vancouver, Duncan and British Columbia?
This presentation will focus on a spatial dimension of food security often missed in local conversations. It will explore what food self sufficiency could look and taste like in the context of Vancouver, Duncan and British Columbia. Lastly, we’ll conclude with a reflection on the local bioregionalism movement as a means of pursuing food security in our own community.
James Richardson, Earth Educator and Landscape Architect:
James teaches landscape architecture, Permaculture design, horticulture and mathematics in Canada and New Zealand. He has over a decade of teaching experience at secondary schools (Integrated and Rudolf Steiner schools) and universities, following two Bachelors degrees, a Masters degree and PhD in Ecology, Outdoor and Experiential Education, Landscape Architecture and Permaculture design. He completed a Biodynamic farming apprenticeship on Vancouver Island, Canada, his PDC and Natural Building Apprenticeship at OUR Ecovillage, Canada, and PDC teacher training with Cascadia Permaculture Institute, USA. He has coordinated and co-taught Permaculture workshops at OUR Ecovillage, B.C., Lost Valley Education Centre, OR, University of Northern British Columbia and University of Victoria and is currently a teacher of most things at Brookes, Shawnigan Lake IB World School. With a deep love affair with the theory and practice of Permaculture design, he brings to the space a deep understanding of the art, science and practice of sustainability. (Web: www.consciousdesigncollective.com