Community Connections partners with UBC researchers in food security and collaboration

Community Connections Revelstoke has partnered with University of British Columbia researchers on two projects exploring food security and sustainability. Revelstoke community members are invited to collaborate on the project.

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Two new research projects in Revelstoke are aiming to collaborate with community members to better understand food security and perspectives on sustainable and healthy rural communities.

The projects are a partnership between Eric Li, PhD of the Faculty of Management at UBC Okanagan, Master of Fine Arts candidate Cristalle Smith, and Melissa Hemphill of Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society.

The first research project titled Food Economy Research Project aims to better understand the inter-relationship between food consumption and challenges related to food security and accessibility to healthy food in rural communities.

The project will include two components: the Food Receipt Study will capture residents’ food consumption pattern and explore the opportunities for local food economy. The My Meal, My Recipe social campaign seeks to invite community members to share images of their meals and their recipes to build healthier eating and cooking habits.

The second research project titled Engaging Stakeholders in Co-Creating Sustainable Communities: A Study on Rural Communities in B.C. Interior aims to better understand residents’ and stakeholders’ perspectives on sustainable and healthy rural communities. This study will include an interactive photo/video-voice Community Pride workshop, an online residential survey, and one-on-one dialogue with community members.

The research team invites community members to collaborate in the research through various means.  Please contact Cristalle Smith at smitcris@mail.ubc.ca  250-718-0885 or Dr. Eric Li at eric.li@ubc.ca if you are interested in participating in the research (or one part of the research project).

The projects are funded through the Mitacs Accelerate Internship Program, Regional Socio-Economic Development Institute of Canada Seed Grant Program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant program. Research is conducted through the University of British Columbia Okanagan.