August 9th, 2014 was Powell River's very first Farm to Fork dinner, hosted by Kelly Hodgins at her family farm. I was lucky to volunteer for this wonderful event, which meant I got to experience it from a really fun angle. From hustling around the busy kitchen, to handing out hors d'oeuvres on a silver platter, to eating some delicious left-overs, I had all-around amazing time.
Kelly is currently doing her masters thesis on food access in low-income families; her understanding of food security and sustainability goes beyond the idea of eating local to encompass things like ensuring the more vulnerable members of our society have adequate access to food. The event was a fundraiser for the farmers' market food coupon program, and was a great success.
It was a real privilege to be hosted on her family farm, and an energizing experience to be surrounded by so many food-conscious folks. I'm looking forward to seeing this become an annual event, but it's ultimately up to the community to make that happen, as Kelly's research may mean she'll be elsewhere this time next year.
I'm sure that wherever she goes, she'll be building community... growing food and culture alike.
|Poster for the event|
|The event took place by a garden and an open field|
|Simple but elegant; that's the way to do it|
|In case there was any doubt that this is, indeed, a farm-to-fork event...|
|Displaying some smokes salmon & summer squash slaw hor d'oeuvres.|
Photo by Bad Karen
|Feasting and festivities; lots of great speeches, in good company|
|And we might as well end with dessert.|
Listen to Kelly Hodgins talking about her research in food security: