I was fortunate to take part in a planning studio class during the 2018 summer semester, applying tactical urbanism to food culture and place making in Downtown Historic Abbotsford. Initially, I was a bit skeptical and kept on pondering over what ‘food culture’ is really about and how food could play a role in place … Continue reading How to pull a Pop-up Market in Six weeks – The Rail District Community Market
During an event hosted by UFV students at the Mt Lehman Community Hall between the Matsqui First Nations and the Mt. Lehman community, the following statement was brought up: “Our suggestion is to indigenize the community.” I must admit that at the time, I did not have the slightest idea what that meant, and it … Continue reading THE INDIGENOUS OF KENYA.
“Every once in a while a new technology, an old problem and a big idea turns into an innovation” -Dean Kamen My visit to Canada has been an amazing one for sure. Travelling is top of my list when it comes to hobbies. Not only do I get to meet new people and faces, but … Continue reading Agricultural Innovation for Sustainability
Source: globalnews.ca Chief Derek Nepinak at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Every year, on the 21st of June, the contribution and culture of the First Nations People, The Metis and the Inuit, is recognized and celebrated on the National Aboriginal Peoples Day. I have purposed to write down my own reflections concerning the First Nations … Continue reading The Aboriginal People
On March 5, 2018, the East Africa Interns from the Fall of 2017 hosted an event to showcase stories and presentations from the internships, and provide a space to talk about local projects focusing on the future of food in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. Joined by Abbotsford Community Services' Day 1 Urban Farm and … Continue reading Rethinking Food: Local and Global Stories
The following report was written and submitted by Zachary Schroeder. The screening of The Invisible City, hosted by the East Africa Institute of the Aga Khan University, Simon Fraser University, the University of the Fraser Valley, Queen Elizabeth Scholars and DOXA, proved to be a rousing success. The theatre was packed and the audience enthusiastically engaged … Continue reading Report on “The Invisible City: Kakuma”
Abbotsford is therefore, caught in this social-economic and political quagmire. A struggle to maintain its grip on the invaluable agricultural land and the pressure to absorb the shocks from imminent urban-rural migration.
It was a great opportunity to sit down with various scholars and discuss about future of food in cities. The discussion focused on three main themes: (i) Feeding our cities; (ii) Land policy in varying contexts; and (iii) Innovation in global contexts. I was much interested in 'innovation' subject and I am glad to have … Continue reading Future of Food in a Global Context
There have been many firsts for me since I left Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, for Canada. First, it was the longest flight I ever had. Another first for me was the experience of fall weather; days of erratic weather patterns. My body couldn’t fathom how a place could be sunny, then suddenly turn into … Continue reading Thanksgiving in Canada!
Having stayed at Baker House for about two months now, the pursuit for the “overseas-stay” objectives is promising enough. On top of all other things, observing and learning cultural differences other than what we are used to was the most enthusiastic goal. We have time left and the learning is still happening. It is interesting … Continue reading Looking Abbotsford from Dar es Salaam perspective