The Food Project

The Food Project: Strengthening Community Relationships through Urban Art and Agriculture

On now at Montgomery’s Inn
Exhibition at Arts Etobicoke: Sep 25 - Oct 19, 2013
Reception: Thurs, Sep 26, 3-5pm

Arts Etobicoke is pleased to partner with Montgomery’s Inn on The Food Project, a youth food and arts program for ages 16 – 18.

Through this new program, the Inn's Catherine Campbell is using urban agriculture to help local youth hone their life and leadership skills.

“There is often a disconnect between youth and their environment. Many don’t know where their food comes from. We want to share knowledge and skills that the students can use in their everyday lives, such as, how to cook and grow their own food,” said Campbell, who is the project lead. 

Launched as a pilot earlier this year, The Food Project is geared to students from grades 7 to 12. The program consists of workshops that show youth how to shop for fresh produce at a Farmers' Market, make pizza in an outdoor brick bake oven and roast chickens over an open fire.

Students are placed in small groups and work with student mentors and staff leaders to learn about food preparation, creating art inspired by gardening and nature and gaining skills in silkscreen and printmaking.  From Sept 25 to Oct 19, the Arts Etobicoke Gallery will host a show of the youth's completed art - silkscreen t-shirts and cards featuring plants, insects and trees.

The youth also documented the project through photography which will be on display in the gallery. Rounding out the show will be a short film the youth created about a fictional history of Montgomery's Inn.

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