So I’m preparing my presentation for this weekends Real Food Cascadia convergence here in the Volcano Vortex. We’re making a great big lunch with local bison and root vegetables, and I hear that there might be SALMON at the after party, as we shake our tails to the best underground hip-hop into the wee hours of the night. And check out my new hoodie! We’ll have them for sale, along with brightly colored shirts, Cascadian flags, and the usual anti-colonial propaganda. This will help us pay for our amazing speakers and the super-duper rad venue at the Central Oregon Locavore food education center. I am so grateful for all the Cascadians here in Bend pulling together and making this convergence a truly collective effort. I love my friends so much! The future is ours!
I am a novice public speaker, yet there is so much inspiring work being done in our world towards resiliency and self-determination that all I really want to do is tell a story of what we humans have got going on. I’ve not been able to keep up with the latest in the Ancestral Health world, missing the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta due to time, money, and distance….you know, that stuff. But I’ve been steeping myself in the literature for a few years now, and I’m doing my best to distill this essence of the deep and subtle revolution. Not to mention remind folks that this movement is not exclusive to the white halls of academia. This is a movement ‘from health-care to self-care’, and it is as grassroots as we make it. Make no mistake, this is Ancestral Health with a decolonization agenda. No snake oil here! Just salmon oil and grass-fed butter.
I’m educating myself further about La Via Campesina and the origins of the modern Food Sovereignty movement. I’m regretting not picking up Annette Aurelie Desmarais‘ book of that name from the Spartacus table at the Book Fair in Victoria last week. So it goes. Perhaps I’ll request it to the Deschutes Public Library. Food Sovereignty is a very uppity endeavor being birthed by landless peasants like myself, and it feels so good to be connected to a movement that cuts through politics into one of the deepest issues we humans must face: food. I know I’m not much without it! What I’m really interested in is how the context of each place must define what Food Sovereignty is for the inhabitants of that place, and this is why the connection to bioregionalism is so promising. Food Sovereignty will not mean the same thing here in Cascadia as it does in Chiapas or the Sahel, but there seem to be clear principles that translate specifically to each place. I’m trilled that so many brilliant folks will be descending upon the Upper Deschutes Watershed to learn from each other how to dream this all into reality.