Nanoose Community Services is excited to announce we’ve been working on the return of Sunday@4, the speaker series with thought-provoking discussions and inspiring conversations. These afternoon sessions provide a space for community members to learn from experts in a wide variety of fields and engage in meaningful ways. Part education, part entertainment, part social!
We’re pleased to announce that on March 12, 2023 our first Sunday@4 of 2023 will return with speaker Chris “Farmer” Brown – agriculturist, educator, and urban farmer on a talk we’re calling “Eat to Live” all about local food, agriculture in education and the next generation of growers and consumers. More details about Chris and his presentation below.
Please sign up using the “Attend Sunday@4” button, it helps us volunteers plan.
This session is free to attend.
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Cash bar opens: 3:30pm
Presentation starts: 4:00pm
Arbutus Room of the Fairwinds Clubhouse (Map)
Fairwinds Clubhouse will be open for dinner following the speaker session for those who wish to stay and have a meal. Unlike previous years, pre-purchasing a meal is not currently required.
We hope to see you there!
About Chris “Farmer” Brown & this presentation
Chris “Farmer” Brown is an agriculturalist, educator, and urban farmer who lives in Nanaimo and teaches at Nanoose Bay Elementary. With years of experience in the local food movement, Chris understands that we all eat to live and wants to inspire and educate a new generation of ecologically-minded growers and consumers in our community.
Chris’s presentation aims to rationalize the importance of including agricultural literacy in the school curriculum and solutions-based activities to engage with the climate crisis. It touches on the intimate relationships and interconnectedness between the living soils where we cultivate our produce, the splendour of working with plants, the joy of the harvest, and agriculture as the foundation of civilizations.
We’re excited for this talk and how it ties directly to the NCS Food Program. Chris has been integral in the farm operations that supply NCS’s food program with fresh local produce and has headed up the evolution of the local school garden, developing a seed library and creating lessons in sustainable agriculture for students of Nanoose Bay Elementary.
Sunday@4 has been part of Nanoose since 2014 and is a collaboration between NCS as part of our goal to provide low-barrier educational & community-building opportunities, Fairwinds Clubhouse who provide the venue and Fairwinds Community Association, who help with organizing and spreading the word. There’s a great team of volunteers who will head up a speaker committee, putting together a lineup for the spring, fall and winter of 2023 & 2024.
Held in the Arbutus Room of the Fairwinds Golf Club, the format typically involves a 30-45 minute presentation starting at 4pm on select Sundays, followed by Q&A and discussion. The presentation portion of the event is free, though donations to NCS are welcome for those who wish to do so.
Past talks include topics on
- The Future of Work
- Nuclear: yesterday’s technology or hope for the future?
- The Perils & Politics of Publishing
- Marijuana: good or bad?
- The Sea Around Us
- Our Forest Sector – impacting our planet and our daily lives
Got an idea for a Sunday@4 speaker? If you have suggestion for a speaker, either yourself or someone you know, we’d love to know! Please note, NCS does not pay speakers. Please submit your idea via email to email@example.com.