Jeanette SivilayWinnipeg Food Council Coordinator

Gender Pronouns: she, her, hers

Jeanette hails from southeastern Manitoba where she grew up gardening with her parents and grandparents, preserving the harvest and cooking from scratch. She began to critically engage with food systems issues in her undergraduate studies earning a BA (Hons.) from the University of Winnipeg in International Development Studies. This course of study sparked an interest in learning about food sovereignty and the ways smallholders around the world feed themselves and their communities, particularly through urban agriculture. From that experience, in 2011 she became involved herself in local food production, co-directing a worker co-operative that ran an urban Community Supported Agriculture urban farm in Winnipeg. As a small scale farmer, she became active as a community organizer, and currently coordinates a provincial network of small scale food providers and local food enthusiasts interested in engaging in critical conversations about the food system. This community organizing led her to return to university to ground her advocacy in academic scholarship. In 2019 she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Masters of Arts in Environment and Geography, focusing on food sovereignty and the local food movement in Manitoba. She continues to grow and eat local food, and is excited to bring her community, farming, and academic experiences to her role as Coordinator of the Winnipeg Food Council.