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Encounter•KW is back this Fall 2022! 
Join us for one, two, or all three community service learning days this fall, all around the theme of Food Justice. 
September 10th - Indigenous Gardening 
October 12th (Reading Week) - Organic Farming 
November 11th - Food Access 
Transportation from SJU and lunch is provided. 
Thank you for your interest in Encounter KW! Rregistration for Fall 2022 programs is now closed. Please check back for future term offerings.

Registration for each Encounter •KW service learning day closes 3 business days beforehand.

This means for Encounter•KW Indigenous Gardening on September 10th, registration closes at 9am on September 7th. 

If you wish to participate in multiple Encounter•KW days you may register all in one form submission, or you may submit the form multiple times. 

Encounter•KW Food Justice Descriptions
Encounter•KW Indigenous Gardening

Join us for a community service learning day with the White Owl Native Ancestry Association at the Wisahkotewinowak (Wisahk-tew-win-o-wak) Indigenous Garden. Located on the north campus of UWaterloo, the garden represents "an urban Indigenous garden collective building Land-based relationships across the Grand River Territory." 


We will gather at SJU in the morning for a brief orientation, before walking to the garden and volunteering. Lunch will be provided by SJU, and we'll close the day with the chance to reflect together on what we've learned about our relationships with the land through this experience.


Encounter•KW Organic Farming

For this encounter we are partnering with the Fertile Ground Farm, located west of Waterloo. Fertile Ground seeks to "offer people a taste of the joys of farming" by growing organic produce, ensuring their produce is distributed locally, and "striving to give back as much as we take." 


We will gather at SJU in the morning (10:30am) for a brief orientation, and travel together to the farm for more learning and a chance to volunteer. Lunch will be provided by SJU, and there will be time to reflect together about our relationships and values with respect to food and the land.


Encounter•KW Food Access

Join in a community service learning day with the Working Centre St. John’s Kitchen! The Working Centre is an extensive non-profit in KW with a wide range of projects seeking to respond to unemployment and poverty in downtown Kitchener. 

We will gather at SJU in the morning (8:30am) to take the ION together to downtown Kitchener. We will participate in portioning out meals and distributing them to people who are experiencing homelessness, risk of homelessness, or street involved. There will also be time to reflect on the experience together


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