Session 1

A Vision for Food Sovereignty

Friday March 12, 2021 9:30-11:00 am Pacific

Imagine everyone in the central Vancouver Island area enjoying fresh, nutritious, locally grown, organic food they can afford. Imagine farmers earning a good income and a new generation of young farmers innovating the industry. Imagine food waste being reduced to near zero. Imagine agriculture adapting to and helping to address climate change. Imagine growing local food in the waters all along our coast. In this informative and interactive session, we will explore some exciting ideas for making that vision a reality!


Don Giberson

Don is a professional life and business coach, the President of Transition Nanaimo Society and host of Climate911, a weekly radio show and podcast that explores innovative and practical solutions to the climate emergency. Over the past two months, Don has been interviewing farmers, aspiring farmers, academics, gardeners, food security experts and others working to improve our food system. This session will discuss the challenges in food, farming and climate change but also explore exciting ideas for building greater food sovereignty in our area.

About Transition Nanaimo: Transition Nanaimo Society is working to accelerate our transition to a thriving, low-carbon future in Nanaimo and beyond. We are part of the global Transition Town movement that began in Totnes, England in 2006 and has expanded to over 1,400 Transition initiatives in 50 countries. We join other Transition initiatives on Vancouver Island including Alberni Valley, Cowichan Valley, Salt Spring Island and Sooke. The Transition movement brings people together to create sustainable and resilient communities that are prepared to thrive in the lower-energy, post-carbon world that is coming as we transition away from fossil fuels. We tackle issues of interest to a community using an approach that is people-driven, solutions-oriented and community-based.