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Bringing sustainability solutions to life through community-engaged teaching, research, and action across the Lake Superior watershed
LSLLN Newsletter                                                             Photo: Karina Krosbakken
Volume 8, February 2022                                                   
Agroecology and Seed Security Project Update
The Agroecology and Seed Security Research Project is one of the Living Labs projects in Thunder Bay. In 2021, the project completed its third year and the Year 3 report is available on the LSLLN website.  Additionally, a "Seed to Seed: How to Grow and Save Seeds in a Short Growing Season" Video Series was filmed in summer 2021 and released in winter 2022. 
Each video takes the viewers through an entire growing season to grow and save seeds for tomatoes, dry beans, and spinach. These videos are set in the Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada region (Canada's Plant Hardiness Zones 4a and 3b) and meant to inform those growing in a short growing season, particularly in the Lake Superior watershed.
Upcoming Events
Seedy Saturday - Thunder Bay

Seedy Saturday in Thunder Bay will be virtual this year. Join in at 11am to watch The Seed Keeper, followed by a discussion about the challenges and importance of saving seeds. Then at noon a virtual seed swap will take place (although the logistics of the swap will occur over three weeks). Follow Superior Seed Producers on instagram or facebook to keep up-to-date.
2022 LSLLN Mini Meet-Ups

Exploring Sustainability in Higher Ed Institutions in the Lake Superior Watershed

March 1, 11am CST / 12pm EST
Join us to hear from both Ledah McKellar at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) & Ryan Ihrke at the College of St. Scholastica (Duluth) about their roles implementing Sustainability in Higher Education institutions. Time for questions will follow the presentations.

Zoom Link
Highway 61 Revisited: Overcoming Infrastructure Barriers Between our Communities & Lake Superior

March 11, 12pm CST / 1pm EST
Join us to learn more from Jordan van der Hagen about the
Highway 61 Revisted Project proposed for Duluth, MN. Time for questions will follow the presentation.
Zoom Link
If you would like to share a presentation with the LSLLN about an ongoing (or completed) project, please email the LSLLN Coordinator ( with details.

Lives in Transition: Technology, Policy, Ethics, and Culture

A virtual speaker series on how technocultural changes are collectively transforming lives

The world is rapidly transforming. Some of that change is disruptive, challenging us to find new ways of engaging our day to day lives, education, work, and careers. Some of that change provides amazing opportunities for making the world a better place for all of us. This series brings together leading voices on transformative change and asks them to address all of us: to teach us what they know, help us navigate the often confusing world around us,  and guide us toward making the kinds of  wise choices that can help us all move forward.
FEBRUARY 22, 24, and 28
MARCH 2,15, and 17
7:00 PM EST

Visit website for more information

In partnership with the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Portage Lake District Library. This program is funded in part by the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series and the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.
LSLLN hosting AAG Living Labs Sessions

The LSLLN will be hosting two virtual paper sessions at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting on February 28, 2022. The sessions are titled Living Labs at the Forefront of Social and Environmental Change and will focus on Living Labs as partnerships among civil society organizations and communities integrating research, teaching and engagement to advance regenerative social-ecological systems. The session will consist of two parts: Part 1 - Concepts and Perspectives and Part 2 - Case Studies and Analysis.  To see all presentation titles and presenter names, visit the
LSLLN website.
Upcoming Conferences

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting
Feb 25-March 1, 2022
*Two sessions about Living Labs will be facilitated by our LSLLN members Dr. Charles Levkoe and Dr. Nairne Cameron

11th Annual St. Louis River Summit

Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
March 1-3, 2022

Lake Superior Collaborative Spring Symposium
April 27-29, 2022

Transitions to Just and Sustainable Food Systems
Canadian Association for Food Studies
May 12-14, 2022

Cultivating Connections: Exploring Entry Points into Sustainable Food Systems
Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and Association for the Study of Food and Society
May 18-21, 2022

4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress
A series of five regional congresses:
Japan, May 2022
Canada, June 2022
Malta, September 2022
Mexico, October 2022
South Africa, November 2022

If you know of other relevant conferences to share in subsequent newsletters, please share them with
Connect with LSLLN
If you want to learn more about LSLLN, you can reach out to anyone on the Steering Committee (below), visit our website, or find us on Facebook (Lake Superior Living Labs Network - LSLLN) and Instagram (@LakeSuperiorLivingLabsNetwork). 

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