Welcome to the CFM Training Syllabus!
"Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” - Ruth Reichl
Are you ready and willing to organize a CFM Training in your community? Or maybe you’re checking out the materials to see if they will meet your goals? This syllabus is designed to equip you with the tools you need to organize a successful CFM Training. It provides an outline of the 8 topics that we recommend including in any CFM Training. Each topic is presented with its associated learning objectives, and examples of suggested activities to achieve those outcomes. The topics can be covered in a number of ways including guest speakers, group activities, participant presentations, and group discussions.
A core belief of the CFM Program is that every community has its own particular context, and this context matters. The CFM Training is meant to be tailored to its participants and to the community in which the training is taking place. As you explore the Syllabus, keep in mind how you might adapt it for the particular place where you will be delivering the training, the particular moment in which you will be delivering it, and leave lots of room to adapt it further once you receive input through the Participant Application and Pre-Training Questionnaire.
The lands on which Food For All NB carries out its work are the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Walastakwiyik/Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Mi'kmaq/Mikmawand, and the Peskotomuhkatiyik/Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy). We are governed by the Peace and Friendship Treaties, which the above Indigenous Nations co-developed and signed with the British Crown in the 18th century. The treaties do not deal with the surrender of lands, waters or resources, and in fact, recognize Walastakwiyik/Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq/Mi’kmaw and Peskotomuhkatiyik/Peskotomuhkati title, and establish rules for an ongoing relationship between Nations.
Food For All NB strives to uphold the treaties' values and commitments and invites you to do the same through your work with the CFM Program. Let us use food as a great unifier; a tool through which we build caring relationships with the land and one another.
With these first few activities, the facilitator starts to create an environment of openness and trust. Participants have the opportunity to introduce themselves, their interests, and their skills.
Note: You can invite Food For All NB to present during your CFM Training. We are happy to explain more about the work we do and the CFM Program! Contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions about our work or would like us to present during your CFM Training.
What is food security? What about food sovereignty? There are many terms related to food movements - and the definitions can cover quite a range! In this session, participants will be introduced to definitions of key terms and explore the nuance of these terms.
Participants will learn the food safety practices to apply to their food work and to share with others.
Participants will learn and practice food skills to gain confidence to prepare food themselves and to teach others.
Great good AND great harm has been committed in the name of “health” and “wellness” which begs the question, what is health? And is it a useful term? Our answer: It’s complicated. On one hand, the concept of health has been and still is often used as a way to police bodies, and enforce oppressive structures. On the other, some people’s health is systemically and systematically attacked, and that is not to be ignored. In this section, we invite curious and respectful conversations about the complexities of health.
Note: these conversations can be triggering to some. Please let your participants know what you will be discussing beforehand and invite them to do whatever is best for them at the moment, such as choosing to only listen, taking a break, or asking for a change of topic.
Now that we’ve talked about our health, what about our planets’ health? After all, we depend on it! Climate change is a "threat multiplier" which means individuals in New Brunswick already experiencing high rates of household food insecurity will experience more hardship as a direct result of climate change. To address climate change in the timeline required, we need as many actors as possible to address it in as many ways as possible. This session seeks to provide participants with a nuanced introduction to food systems’ impact on climate change and how they can be used as levers for positive change.
Choose one or more:
Remember: it’s usually more fun to put theory into practice!
This session teaches participants the communication and facilitation skills that will be beneficial for their community involvement.
Participants reflect on their experience together and discuss civic engagement. They begin planning individual or group actions that foster deeper community bonds and connect people to food.
Ask questions such as:
If one or several participants are set on a specific project while others are still brainstorming, let them move on to the planning stages.
Ask questions such as: What is your project’s main goal? What partners or resources could help you accomplish this work? How will you evaluate the success of your project?
If participants feel up to it, come up with a Wellness Commitment as a group (e.g. we will each cook a nourishing meal with a friend) and register it at www.wellnessnb.ca to join the Wellness Movement.
On the final day of the training, a celebration is encouraged! From potluck, food swap, to preparing one last meal together, the possibilities are endless!
You are invited to share about your CFM experience with others by posting photos and videos on social media with the hashtags* #CFMProgram #CommunityFoodMentors and #CertifiedCFM as well as emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Capitalizing hashtags is an easy way to ensure that screen reader programs with synthesized speech can accurately convey the message. Blind, visually impaired people, and some otherwise disabled people also benefit from hashtag capitalization.
Congratulations, you have completed the Coordination/Facilitation of the CFM Training! Food For All NB is so grateful for your passion, time, and energy. We look forward to receiving your feedback and getting in contact with all the new Coordinators, Facilitators, and Community Food Mentors. Now, time to celebrate!