The global pandemic we currently find ourselves in has highlighted the vulnerabilities in our society, and in our community of Jasper. It has also given us the opportunity to work with our many strengths and new possibilities for a future of sustainability in non-pandemic times, and for building equity and resilience in an age of climate precarity and economic uncertainty. In partnership with other key community organizations, the Jasper Local Food Society would like to initiate a process of participatory community resilience mapping to identify and spatially locate the community’s strengths, weaknesses, and possibilities for building capacity for collaborative resilience. The focus of the JLFS is upon building resilience and community around local food production, but we recognize that resilience goes beyond food alone. A participatory mapping process could help identify not only capacity for growing and equitably distributing healthy food, but also other areas of strength and need, including skill sharing and time banks, tool sharing and repairs, caregivig, etc. Proposing this idea and partnering with other community organizations will help us to do this collaboratively.
Approach community organizations that participate in "Community Conversations" each Wednesday - these include many of the organizations listed above, but could also include others working towards similar goals