Meet The team
My family is settler population and has lived in Canada and United States for the past 4-6 generations. My mother’s family is from a small mixed farm in southwestern Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory. My dad was born in northern Manitoba (Snow Lake, Treaty 5 Adhesion) and lived in many different small communities growing up. Since I was very young, I have always been interested in food, farming, and community building. My mother’s father, Ivan Adams, was one of the most influential people in my life and he taught me how to care for the land while raising good food and being a loving community member.
I currently live in Winnipeg with my three children and my partner. As a family, we spend much of our time at the family farm and camping on the land. We berry pick, raise bees, grow vegetables and I aspire to learn how to hunt. We are trying to raise our kids, and remind ourselves to think critically, be kind, and keep it local.
My ‘formal’ education is in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. While I appreciate what I learned in school, what I have learned from my elders and community members has been extremely formative and invaluable in shaping my worldview. My relationships with the people of organizations like Harvest Moon Local Foods Initiative, Ithinto Mechisowin Program, Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba, Opaskwayak Culture & Healthy Living Initiatives, and Vive le Vert (there are so many others!) has taught me so much about the power of food and community.
I am lucky to work on behalf of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community Collaborative, comprised of a dozen or so amazing and dedicated organizations, led by strong northern advisors, and hosted by MakeWay Foundation.
I grew up in a small Mennonite town south of Winnipeg. My Mum and Grandparents have gardened and preserved their harvests for as long as I can remember. I now live in Winnipeg, am a recent graduate of the University of Winnipeg, and am honored to be a part of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative.
My experience working and partnering with communities around gardening, country foods programs, traditional teachings, and Indigenous Food Sovereignty in northern Manitoba began in the Spring of 2016 when I started a practicum with Food Matters Manitoba. Over my two and half years there, I had the opportunity to support many gardening and greenhouse projects, build relations with community food champions, visit communities and their projects, and to organize networking and skill building gatherings, and supporting community to community visits.
I am very fortunate to be able to continue working with many of the folx I have met over the past years, to watch as projects evolve and grow, to continue to meet new people, to continue to learn, unlearn, and share what I have been taught, and to continue to support community-led work in Manitoba.