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Improving access to local, nutrient dense produce

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The Plot Market Garden and Iyé are jointly raising funds to support small-scale farmers located in W̱SÁNEĆ territory, combat food insecurity, climate change, and improve the right to food within equity-deserving and vulnerable groups.

Our vision

By strengthening our ties to small-scale farms and taking the initiative to organize local community food chains,we can increase the resilience of our communities and our collective abundance. Our vision is to create and sustain reciprocal experiences founded on mutual aid systems.

Who are the funds going to?

All donations will go towards ensuring farm-fresh, ecologically grown vegetables are delivered on a weekly basis to community members, living in Victoria - the unceded territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ, Lək̓ʷəŋən and Xwsepsum families (Esquimalt, and Songhees Nations), who self-identify as food insecure.

Your support is important

Supporting this initiative that prioritizes small-scale local farmers and communities that continue to experience a rapid decline in the accessibility, affordability, and availability of nutritious and fresh produce since the onset of COVID-19 makes a world of difference for the communities that we serve.  

Together, we hope to strengthen the connection and relationships that we, as a community, have with local ecological farmers and the process of stewarding land and growing food. Communal collaboration will offer new pathways to explore the decentralization of our local food systems. 

Some facts

At Iyé, we have been implementing mutual aid systems with the goal of communal abundance and cross-collaboration. Within the Palenke programs run by Iyé, 47% of households report not having the means to access locally grown, nutritious food, and 27% of these households indicate that they are facing food insecurity. The majority of these households are women-led. 

If we reach the donation goal of $4,000, 15 individuals or families will receive 11 weekly produce boxes (each box has fresh and nutritious produce worth $30). This initiative will run from June to August, totaling 166 deliveries of farm-fresh produce! If we exceed this goal, even more community members will be able to receive farm-fresh vegetables delivered to their door! 

At the end of the fundraiser, Iyé will contribute an additional $1,000 to the donation pool, and The Plot will be contributing $5 of produce to each produce box to cover the cost of delivery. While collectively we are gathering folks through various forms of support, our collective’s vision is to create pathways for community solidarity following an equity-centered approach. 

What you get 

You get the opportunity to tap into ancestral cosmologies of gifting and reciprocity through solidarity to feed the people!

You get to be part of an incredible community of giving and receiving by aligning your efforts with something that is life-changing!

Glossary of Terms

Equity-deserving groups: Communities that identify barriers to equal access, opportunities, and resources due to disadvantage and discrimination, and actively seek social justice and reparation.

Food insecurity: a social determinant of health defined as the disruption of the nutritional intake or eating patterns caused for the ongoing engagement with systems of oppression that create a lack of the means to nurture our bodies, mind and spirit.

Equity-centered approach: the practice of purposefully involving communities in the margins throughout a design process with the goal of allowing their voice to directly affect how the solution will address the inequity at hand.

Vulnerable groups: population within a country that has specific characteristics that make it at a higher risk of needing humanitarian assistance women, girls, and children; refugees; internally displaced persons; indigenous peoples, migrant workers; disabled people; elderly persons; people living with chronic diseases; LGBTIQA+.

Right to food: The right to adequate food is realized when every person, alone or in a community with others, has physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement

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The Plot Market Garden
Victoria, BC
Ary Bender
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