A Rocha British Columbia
Recently, the Farm-to-Families (F2F) team at the Brooksdale Environmental Centre hosted a group of seniors for a farm tour and cooking activity, which involved pulling stubborn leeks out of the ground, harvesting kale, trying new recipes, and having coffee over a discussion about the links between food and community.
Once the seniors finished preparing the meal, they were delighted to see the community that suddenly arrived to partake in it. Many voiced their gratitude and surprise that places like A Rocha even existed.
This was the first time we hosted such a blend of activities. We wanted to offer an opportunity for intergenerational space in which isolated seniors could cook and enjoy each other’s company, while learning about the ecosystem that made the meal possible. But, as is often the case, such interactions blossomed into much more: friendship, curiosity, learning, hope, and desire to contribute.