Why are we doing these? Nobody is paying us.
This is the second in our series “Where does your food come from?” The logical question is why are we doing these? It was simply we wanted the challenge of doing our own series of videos on a topic of our choosing.
This started last year when we had been working on a project for Our Food SENB’s Food Pledge. At the end of the shoot we would ask the subject to tell us why they had signed the Pledge. We had in mind we’d make companion videos like short public service announcements. However, too often we caught folks off guard and we could tell many weren’t happy with their off-the-cuff answers.
We did two more interviews of new people—Susana and Samantha—and asked them the same question but still didn’t get the lively answers we hoped for. So we looked at the material we did get and came up with a new question we thought would have meaning: “Where does your food come from?” We didn’t go back and ask Susana and Samantha where their food came from, but came up with an answer from the material we had gathered.
Of course, the danger of answering a question you didn’t ask is that you could get it wrong. But so far we think the answers reflect who the people we interviewed are. There could have been other answers, but these are good ones. We will most likely work that question into the interviews from now on, but we find that once we get people talking about what’s important to them about food, we can figure it out.
Mar 1 2020
Fireweed Jelly with Shelley Bauman-Shantz
Shelley Bauman-Shantz runs a small farm with her husband, Aaron, and her children. At her booth at the Bouctouche Farmers Market her Fireweed jelly caught our eye. Fireweed is a flower that comes up in abandoned fields and sometimes where there’s been a fire. We got her to walk us through her whole process for making the jelly.
Thank you to New Brunswick Government’s Wellness Movement for a Community Food Action grant and to Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDPC) for their support.
By Elaine and Archie • cooking, food security, food skills project, foraging, homesteading