I am a graduate from the the University of British Columbia, having focused on environment and water sustainability. Concurrent with my time as a student and into the present, I have been urban farming with several local groups in Vancouver. What draws me to this field is the belief that humans need to change the way we acquire our food. The current industrial agricultural paradigm is injurious to the health of the planet and those of our children.
I never gardened as a child; occasionally, I would help my mother with her garden. She grew flowers. I never gave a thought to where the food my family ate came from. That would be a pretty good definition of privilege, I would think. A series of experiences in early adulthood shifted a self-absorbed, insular perspective towards questioning how the world works and why it came to be this way. It’s a start.