Following the spiral model of popular education, which illustrates the important principles of popular education (see image below), our curriculum facilitator guides serve as a tool for increasing community interest and involvement in the food economy. Ultimately, we see this curriculum as a path for increasing community ownership over food resources.
Theories of popular education assert that real empowerment and learning occurs when participants are able to cycle through the entire “spiral” over a long period of time. That said, however, our curriculum is adaptable for different situations and audiences and therefore does not require a consistent audience throughout each of the workshops (although that would be best!).
Through Workshop 1, participants will be able to:
- Identify and record their relationship to the food economy.
- Share their relationship to the food economy in order to construct a representation of their community’s relationship to the food economy.
- Examine patterns in community food purchasing data.
- Categorize implications of collective experiences on topics such as local economy, environmental impact, access, jobs and nutrition.
Through Workshop 2, participants will be able to:
Analyze the food economy in terms of its social impact, environmental impact and financial impact on their community.
Assess the potential benefits/improvements of a community economy framework on the food economy.
Through Workshop 3, participants will be able to:
- Identify areas of improvement within their food economy.
- Identify action steps they can take to improve their community food economy.