Living Oceans Society
Each Farmacie dinner is an experience all to itself. The evolution of the table, the guests, our team and the menu from dinner to dinner never ceases to amaze us, not to mention the partnerships and communities we’ve been able to cultivate and support through ticket sales. When we began to look at FARMACIE 4.0, we knew wanted to create a partnership in a part of the charitable world that we hadn’t explored yet - ecology and conservation.
Seasonal dinners that happen throughout the ‘winter months’ are typically harvest based: think stew, root vegetables, and lots of bread. So when we landed our date for Farmacie 4.0 - happening on January 31, 2015 - we started to think outside the box when it came to our theme. Having done a ‘harvest’ style dinner for our winter dinner in 2014, we wanted to change it up, and create an experience around food that seemed almost out of season.
While water is a big part of life on the West Coast, we had never explored how we could partner with businesses or organizations that were invested in developing education and awareness around our coastline the sea itself. Yet, when we started thinking more about how we could support small businesses that make ethically caught seafood accessible to consumers, and organizations that are out to create healthy oceans for healthy communities, our dinner began to build itself.
In reaching out to our community of social impact based small businesses for recommendations on who we should partner with as our giving partner for our fourth dinner, we came across the Living Oceans Society. They are an organization that pushes for greater ocean conservation locally and across Canada, and have the core belief that ecological conservation will support healthy coastal communities.
Something that we love about Living Oceans is their dedication to connecting communities to their local fisheries. They recently partnered with Skipper Otto’s—a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) that connects consumers to local independent small-scale harvesters using low-impact fishing methods for wild sea life—here in Vancouver and hope to expand that partnership into further collaborations and workshops where local citizens from diverse backgrounds will get hands-on skills training on how to clean, fillet, prepare and store local seafoods.
The FARMACIE 4.0 dinner will go towards making those workshops an ongoing reality. Proceeds from ticket sales will be directed to Living Oceans and will fund at least one workshop. Living Oceans Society also accepts donations for future workshops on their website - so should you be unable to make our fourth dinner and would like to contribute to their programming, please donate here.
Have a look at some of Living Ocean’s recent work with the David Suzuki Foundation - a celebration of success and movement towards increasing conservation for our oceans and coastlines.
We’ll be sharing more of the magic behind the fourth installment of our long table dinner series in the next couple weeks - keep your eyes on the blog for more details as we share the FARMACIE 4.0 story.
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Words by the amazingly talented: JESSICA ROBSON