Su Morin Food Justice Scholarship

Su Morin was a fearless fighter for food justice. No battle was too small, and every pollinator plant and every heirloom vegetable counted on the journey to better food and better communities. Her boundless knowledge and generous sharing of seeds and seedlings leave a legacy in many gardens throughout Ontario and Nova Scotia. This legacy is extended through the many students who had Su as a mentor and who absorbed her contagious love for seeds and nature. Her past work with the Canadian Organic Growers and Seeds of Diversity made her known in food justice circles across Canada. More recently, Su worked with the Ecology Action Centre in Nova Scotia where she further influenced colleagues and students with her passion for community gardens, seed saving, and community food security.

In the spirit of Su, a travel and research scholarship in the amount of $500 is being offered to fourth year undergraduate and graduate students for research and/or travel expenses. To apply for this award, please submit a 250-word essay describing how you will use the funding and how this contributes to food justice. Please send your submission to Irena Knezevic at: Irena.Knezevic@carleton.caincluding ‘Su Morin Food Justice Scholarship’ in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2018 with a decision by mid-January 2019.​

STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY: FLEdGE Research Assistant: Scadding Court Community Food Initiatives

Scadding Court Community Centre is located at the corner of Dundas and Bathurst streets in downtown Toronto. Between 500 and 600 people visit this vibrant community centre each day to participate in a diverse range of programs and services, or just to socialize. In the last several years, Scadding Court Community Centre has expanded its Food Security and Urban Agriculture programming stream to include community gardens and an orchard, an aquaponics facility, the 707 Market, a for-hire commercial kitchen, and a wide range of shipping container gardens. As they continue to expand the Food Security and Urban Agriculture stream, Scadding Court is looking for a student Research Assistant to assist in the documentation of all current programs and facilities to provide the basis for future planning.

Under the supervision of the Senior Director, Redevelopment and Innovations at Scadding Court Community Centre, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • mapping all programs and initiatives in the Food Security and Urban Agriculture programming stream
  • finding appropriate ways to measure the impact of each program/initiative in the stream;
  • developing a plain-language report detailing the findings of the RA’s research;
  • meeting regularly and working collaboratively with staff and management at Scadding Court Community Centre;

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be enrolled as a student at a postsecondary institution in the 2018-19 school year
  • Have the ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Possess prior experience with community asset and/or program mapping
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Have excellent report writing skills, with prior experience writing for NGOs or municipal governments considered an asset
  • Be able to work as part of a group and take direction effectively
  • Understand the vital role of community centres in building community capacity in downtown neighbourhoods
  • Be able to work with diverse groups of people in a compassionate and respectful way

Salary will be based on educational level and experience. Please submit resume and cover letter to Amanda Di Battista by September 14th for a fall start date.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position: Northern Food Systems at Lakehead University

Lakehead University, in partnership with the Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) project, is looking for an exceptional candidate to undertake a one year postdoctoral fellowship position on issues of northern food systems, health, equity and sustainability. We are offering funding of $32,000 plus associated research costs. Given the scope and potential impacts of northern food systems, it is particularly critical to understand their dynamics as they emerge and evolve in response to their surroundings within a context geared primarily toward the dominant agri-industrial system. Key research projects will include:

  • An examination of the food production or procurement practices and informal food economy among “off gridders” and “preppers” in rural northern Ontario;
  • An examination of the cultural and psychological correlates of ecological food system practices, using mixed methods to examine both consumer and producer perspectives in at least two cultural samples in Canada and Ecuador.
  • The development of a regional food charter in Northwestern Ontario.

Familiarity with and/or interest in complex adaptive systems theory would be considered an asset. The successful postdoctoral fellow will be expected to actively work toward establishing a strong publication record, assist in seeking external funding, and work effectively in the multi-disciplinary field of northern food systems sustainability including stakeholder/community partners.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a CV, transcripts and the names of two references via email to Charles Levkoe We will begin reviewing applications on October 1, and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

For more information on the supervisory team see:
Charles Z Levkoe
Rebecca Schiff
Connie Nelson
Mirella Stroink