The Power of Food
TEGS will be hosting a three-day Summer Institute on 3-5 July 2018. The theme of this year’s Summer Institute will be “The Power of Food.” Food not only has the power to sustain us physically, it is also part of the structures and systems which connect humans to each other and to our environments. At the TEGS Summer Institute, we will be immersing ourselves in a wide range of food-related topics to explore how food systems shape and are shaped by relationships and resources in our classrooms, communities, and beyond.
Though three days of workshops, plenary sessions, and networking, participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of school food systems topics, including gardening, cooking, Indigenous perspectives, nutrition, food access, and youth engagement. While integrating food systems into curriculum will be a thread running throughout the Institute, curriculum and classroom activity development will be the focus of several sessions. Throughout the Institute, participants will have the opportunity to share, reflect on, and strengthen teaching and learning practices surrounding food systems.
The Institute will be based on UBC’s central campus, a short walk from both of the campus bus loops and the Health Sciences parking garage. Lunch each day is included in registration, and coffee, tea and snacks will be available. Coffee will begin each morning at 8:30am, with Institute activities scheduled from 9am to 3:30pm on the first two days, and 9am to 4 on the last day. On 4 July, participants will be invited (but certainly not required) to join community members in a celebration of the life of Dr. Alejandro Rojas, the founder of TEGS, at the UBC Farm following the conclusion of the day’s Institute activities (starting at approximately 4pm). Following the final day of the Institute, there is an optional dinner opportunity in conjunction with Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, for which a limited number of tickets are available.
The institute is primarily designed for K-12 teachers, administrators, and staff. Please email us at email@example.com if you are not in one of these roles, but are interested in attending.
Early bird registration ($125) is available through 9 June. Regular registration ($150) will continue through 28 June at 5pm. Late/Walk-up registration ($170) might be available, but we recommend contacting the TEGS team at firstname.lastname@example.org between 29 June and 2 July to see if there is still space.