On most Fridays, until the COVID-19 pandemic struck, 10C hosted an open forum in their Nourish kitchen, where people enjoyed a zerowaste potluck lunch and discussed topics related to building a resilient food system. Participants ate together while engaging in informal conversation sparked by a video shown that day. So far, topics have included vertical agriculture, urban farming, shared food production in neighbourhoods, local food buying co-ops and more.
Through these discussions, we were able to identify ideas, connections and opportunities in Guelph and Wellington County. The free event series served as one of the “front doors” for iHub, helping us map local changemakers—many of whom will make up the 50 new businesses and collaborations—and we look forward to reinstating it when pandemic restrictions are lifted.