Julia Laforge


Julia Laforge is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lakehead University. Originally from Saskatchewan, Julia completed a B.Sc. at the University of Saskatchewan in Land Use and Environmental Studies with a focus on Physical Geography. She later moved to Ottawa to do a M.A. in Human Geography at the University of Ottawa. Julia’s doctoral research examined how farmers who practice ‘alternative’ (that is, non-industrial) agriculture access knowledge on these farming practices in Canada. She has used interviews and a 2015 national survey to explore the formal and informal ways that new farmers learn and share knowledge. She is currently building on a third research project to look at the international praxis of agroecology. This research is a community-based project with USC Canada to disseminate knowledge from their Seeds of Survival program in twelve countries. This research has the potential to support marginalized communities who are leading the agroecology and food sovereignty movements by sharing their knowledge.