Plant the Seed

  • 2022.10.02
  • YYC
Plant the Seed

Plant the Seed

What Feeds Us YYC is a fun and awesome collaboration between three Forest Lawn based, youth-driven programs – Cooking Up Justice at the The Alex Community Food Centre, Antyx Community Arts, and the GlobalFest Urban Arts Crew. Every week, young community leaders come together to build their leadership capacity, make art, garden, cook and eat some delicious grub.

After months of coming together to learn about our current food system and how it impacts community (and in particular low-income communities) the youth of What Feeds Us YYC were ready to plant the seeds for change, using art, hip-hop, spoken word, and music.

Plant the Seed is a video that explores the difference between being charitable and acting in solidarity, the power of good food in bringing people together, and the importance of coming together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. Plant the Seed implores communities and politicians to think about the ways that we can shift our behaviour and policies to create a fair and dignified food system for all. This was an entirely youth-led and youth-made project.

This video was premiered at the #HungryforChange community dinner where residents of Forest Lawn and beyond came together with mayoral and ward candidates in anticipation of the upcoming municipal election. Discussions about food, poverty, and policy were had over a delicious dinner prepared by the youth in collaboration with Chef Matthew Batey and Chef Erin Pickering.

Special thanks to Troo Knot and 33 Visuals for their amazing hip-hop and videography skills, and our deepest gratitude to the Calgary Foundation Neighbour Grant for being our primary funder for this initiative.