CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – The Gathering Youth Food Journal Volume 5

The TYFPC’s Education Committee is calling for proposals for the fifth volume of our food journal, The Gathering. This year the theme is “cultivate,” and much like the definition, we are interested in proposals that speak to what we want to sustain, nourish, or grow. What relationships with the land will allow us to cultivate life-affirming futures? As we are a youth-centred food journal, submissions that touch upon this question in a critical, intersectional, and equitably informed way, and highlight food, are encouraged.

Some other questions to consider:

  • What do you hope to cultivate in Toronto’s food landscape?
  • What is currently being cultivated by yourself or others, particularly within your communities and neighbourhoods?
  • Cultivating land requires preparation in order to grow crops, sometimes it means leaving the land as it is. What does land cultivation mean to you?
  • What do you want to see sustained? What do you want to help grow and nourish?

The journal is accepting submissions from youth 30 years old and under. We are especially interested in hearing from Indigenous, Black, and Black-Indigenous youth, and perspectives related to land relationships, land back, food sovereignty, and critiques of the mainstream food sovereignty movement. Papers, poems, personal essays, drawings (creative work that expands the definition of academic writing, such as photovoice) are welcome. We will consider all creative submissions but will ask for a written component to accompany any visual work.

Guidelines: full papers are due May 15, 2022 at 11:59pm EST (word limit: 2000-2500).

For submissions and questions please contact: tyfpc.gathering@gmail.com.

Sincerely, TYFPC’S Education Committee
Gabriella Lippa, Kaitlin Rizarri, Winnie Wang

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Gathering Youth Food Journal – Volume 5

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Gathering Youth Food Journal Volume 5

Due date: February 4th 2022, 11:59pm EST

The TYFPC’s Education Committee is calling for proposals for the fifth volume of our food journal, The Gathering. This year the theme is “cultivate,” and much like the definition, we are interested in proposals that speak to what we want to sustain, nourish, or grow. What relationships with the land will allow us to cultivate life-affirming futures? As we are a youth-centred food journal, submissions that touch upon this question in a critical, intersectional, and equitably informed way, and highlight food, are encouraged.

Some other questions to consider are the following:

  • What do you hope to cultivate in Toronto’s food landscape?
  • What is currently being cultivated by yourself or others, particularly within your communities and neighbourhoods?
  • Cultivating land requires preparation in order to grow crops, sometimes it means leaving the land as it is. What does land cultivation mean to you?
  • What do you want to see sustained? What do you want to help grow and nourish?
The journal is accepting submissions from youth 30 years old and under. We are especially interested in hearing from Indigenous, Black, and Black-Indigenous youth, and perspectives related to land relationships, land back, food sovereignty, and critiques of the mainstream food sovereignty movement. Papers, poems, personal essays, drawings (creative work that expands the definition of academic writing, such as photovoice) are welcome. We will consider all creative submissions but will ask for a written component to accompany any visual work.

Guidelines: 500 word abstracts due February 4th 2022, 11:59pm EST

Questions, please contact: tyfpc.gathering@gmail.com

Call Out for New 2021-2022 TYFPC Members! (Deadline Extended to July 15)

At the close of an incredible year, the TYFPC is now looking for up to 6 new council members to join our team for 2021-2022!

We are a Toronto-based social organization that seeks to engage and mobilize youth to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system for all. We do this by building community, raising awareness, and advocating for policy change. We also organize great events… with amazing food!

If you are an enthusiastic and motivated youth (age 16-30) who is interested in activating positive change within Ontario’s food system, consider applying your strengths and skills to one of the available positions below:

Available Positions (up to 6):

  1. Networking Co-Lead (2) 
  2. Education Co-Lead (1)
  3. Communications Co-Lead (1)
  4. Fundraising and Evaluation Co-Lead (2)

Application Process:

Interested in applying? The deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 15th 2021 at 11:59 AM EST! Read through the positions and application instructions by clicking the button below.

Mélange Volume 3: Seeding Justice & Deepening Our Roots Is Now Live!

Em, Jane, Sophie, and Zartasha from the Education Committee this year have been hard at work collecting the diverse stories and artworks from youth across the City of Toronto to compile this year’s publication.

About Volume 3

In the Fall 2020, the TYFPC put out a call for artwork from youth (30 and under) that explores food justice, food access, family, ancestry, migration, familial recipes, and community. This included all forms of print media including: photography, paintings, collage, poetry, flash fiction, short essays, recipes, and more – anything and everything that calls us to laugh, mourn, learn, question, and/or celebrate our respective and collective roots and the worlds that bloom from them.

We then held a virtual arts night in late January to encourage youth in our community to come together, talk openly about food justice, and express their creativity. To learn more about the event and see some of the talented creations click here.

In the end, our call for artists received 40 submissions from youth as young as 6 years old!

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Tune in to ‘The Impact and Importance of Youth Organizing on Food Justice’ Workshop

On June 13th 4 members of the TYFPC hosted a workshop at the Just Food: because it is never just food  2021 Joint Annual Conference led by the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society (AFHVS), Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS), The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN), and hosted by the Culinary Institute of America and New York University.

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