Say ‘Yes’ to Good Food Education: Strengthening Relationships and Facilitating Action Through Community-Engaged Research with Multiple Stakeholders

Nelson, Erin and Hayes, Meredith and Hawkins, Linda and Nuaimy-Barker, Ravenna and Parker, Becky and Johnson, Brendan and Janz, Kelly and Stemshorn, Kim and Makismowski, Sophie (2013) Say ‘Yes’ to Good Food Education: Strengthening Relationships and Facilitating Action Through Community-Engaged Research with Multiple Stakeholders. In: CU Expo 2013, June 12-15, 2013, Corner Brook, NL, Canada. (Submitted)

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The proposed presentation will share the results of a community-engaged research project led by the University of Guelph’s Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship/Research Shop, in collaboration with Sustain Ontario, Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc., Everdale Organic Farm & Environmental Learning Centre, and FoodShare, and with support from the Business Development Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The involvement of these different stakeholders created opportunities to strengthen cross-sectoral relationships, thereby increasing the capacity for knowledge mobilization and positive social change. The project – which began in October 2012 and is scheduled for completion in May 2013 – took as its starting point a desire to support the emergence of a new Children and Youth Food Network in Ontario. It involves research, dialogue, and collaborative planning around a program agenda for connecting children and youth to good food. Key activities include: 1) the development of a resource guide designed to encourage increased uptake of innovative and effective food education practices; and 2) a design charrette event that brings together multiple stakeholders to facilitate planning for research-informed action. By promoting and strengthening food-based education initiatives, the project’s overall goal is to contribute to changing young peoples’ food consumption habits in a way that benefits their long-term health and supports vibrant regional farm economies. The purpose of the oral presentation will be twofold. Firstly, the results of the research and engagement process will be shared. This will include highlights of how the collaboration functioned, what was achieved, what worked well, and what challenges were encountered. The presentation will also provide an opportunity to publicize the Saying ‘Yes’ to Good Food Education Resource Guide, and seek feedback regarding both its content and effective use.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Item ID: 1810
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > CU Expo 2013
Date: 14 June 2013
Date Type: Completion
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