Alternative Spring Break

Thunder Bay, Ontario - Roots to Harvest

Students will be immersed in many different aspects of the Northern Local Food System, including seed saving, garlic planting, apple cider pressing, honey spinning, cooking and food preserving. During days on the farm and days in the kitchen, students will be busy experiencing, and contributing to, how food is produced in small scales and sustained ways. From rubber boots to aprons, it's an action-packed week!

UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 - Zero Hunger UN Sustainable Development Goal - Reduced Inequalities UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Community Partners

Roots to Harvest

Dates of Travel

Around - Sunday May 12, 2019 – Friday, May 17, 2019 (Exact dates to be determined)

Participant Numbers

  • 8 Student Participants
  • 1 Student Team Leader
  • 1 Team Leader


  • Hike at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and/or Ouimet Canyon
  • Visit one of Canada’s historic Voyageurs routes - 40-metre high Kakabeka Falls. This is the second highest waterfall in Ontario.
  • Explore the Thunder Bay Farmer’s Market

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Alternative Spring Break 2018 program, students participating in this experience will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to explore ideas, issues, and global systems from viewpoints other than their own, through reflective practice, group discussions and program activities
  • Work under conditions of ambiguity or uncertainty by engaging with community partners, community members and working as a team
  • Demonstrate an understanding of intercultural competence, sensitivity and humility by completing pre-departure workshops, activities in OWL and the ASB Reflective Practice Workbook, and engaging in the 1-2 week community-based experience
  • Develop knowledge of food security and food sovereignty in a specific community context
  • Compare and contrast social issues in a remote Northwestern Ontario, a small city such as Thunder Bay to issues in a densely-populated Southwestern Ontario city, such as London

Ideal Participant

If you are looking for a tactile/traditional service experience, while at the same time learning more about food systems and structures in Northern Ontario, this experience is for you. This experience does involve manual labour and physical activity, although there is no farming experience required. If exploring the difference between northern and southern food systems in Canada, along with deconstructing social structures that keep individuals living within poverty interests you, this experience should catch your attention. Individuals who love autumn, being outside, and good food should seriously consider this opportunity.  


Total cost (subject to change) – $1,200 CAD

Fee includes:

  • Flight
  • Registration and programs fees with Roots to Harvest
  • Insurance (health, flight cancellation, baggage)
  • Transportation to/from Airport
  • Transportation in Thunder Bay
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Social Activities
  • Administrative Fee (t-shirt, team leader contribution, journal)

Note: ASB participants will be responsible for any luggage costs assigned by individual airlines, souvenirs, or additional food/snacks during the trip.

Preliminary Itinerary

  • 8:00-4:00 daily – you will be working with Roots to Harvest supporting their food revolution. Breakfast and Lunch will be included.
  • 4:00-6:00 daily – you will return to your homestays for some much-needed rest, relaxation, and free time.
  • 6:00-9:30 daily – you will meet up with your team for dinner and team reflection, followed by social activities/recreation 
  • 10:00 daily – return to homestay for sleeping

*PLEASE NOTE – this itinerary is draft, and subject to change at any time. Events may change based on the needs of Roots to Harvest, and weather conditions.


Participants will be in homestays with Board Members, staff or family connections of Roots to Harvest.


Breakfast will be provided at each homestay.  Lunch will be a communal lunch with the group at Roots to Harvest, likely to include produce from their gardens! Dinner will be in local restaurants.

Need to Know

  • This experience is based in Canada and does not involve travel through the USA.
  • If you require disability related accommodation, or have other special considerations, we encourage you to contact us before applying. We may require further information to determine how we can best meet your accommodation needs.