An online discussion and learning series on the role of land care, horticulture and landscaping in cultivating social and land equity.
Our initial outline of topics includes:
October: Working from Where We Are. An overview of some of the ways that horticulture, landscaping and land care intersect with and can support social justice and equity efforts
November: Urban green space/land access for Indigenous and racialized peoples and across socioeconomic spectrums
January: Food access and sovereignty in the urban landscape
February: Cultural values and how they frame horticultural norms
March: Cultivating awareness within the land care and horticultural industry
April: Cultivating relationships within diverse communities
This series is open to the entire horticultural community. There will be additional sessions at the end of the series for SOUL members to discuss the role of SOUL in relationship to these issues and any actions or policies to adopt as we go forward.
Since the topics that will be explored are broad and complex, they can take time to process and integrate. With this in mind the series will take place over several months, in paired sessions. Each will include a learning session with a guest speaker and/or a specific topic, followed a week or two later by a roundtable discussion session (or sessions, if attendance levels are high enough) for participants to share questions, thoughts and ideas on that topic.
We are currently surveying members to determine the best days of the week and times of day to host sessions. You can add your responses here.
Registration links will be added to this page as soon as days and times are confirmed following the closing of the survey in mid September.
Participation in this series if free for SOUL members (Annual public membership is $50) and pay-what-you-can for non-members, with a suggested contirbution of $10 per session pair if your budget permits.
To receive email updates on this series, please complete the registration form and we'll add you to the email list. A seperate registration will be set up for the individual events and we will invite everyone to sign up once dates are finalized.
Please help us spread the word about this series by sharing it with your contacts and horticultural network.