Local Food News — Ontario

It all started with Max…

From those bright-eyed beginnings, our real food team has grown (a lot!) and Real Food for Real Kids now serves fresh, nutritious, and delicious meals and snacks every day to over 15,000 kids in child care centres and elementary schools in the GTA. A wise woman once said, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” We like to think we can hear her cooking, too! Real Food for Real Kids website.

 

Metro Inc bolsters its locally sourced food program, allowing smaller producers to supply chain

As food margins get thinner amid a deepening price war among grocery retailers, Metro Inc. has bolstered its sourcing capabilities to get more local produce from Ontario suppliers, a program similar to one it rolled out in Quebec three years ago. Canada’s third-largest grocery retailer says its enhanced local purchasing policy will allow much smaller farmers and food producers in the Ontario to supply to the chain, a move that allows the company to carry a higher percentage of local produce in its stores during key growing seasons. Financial Post story.

 

A Food Lovers Guide to Ontario’s Favorite Swim Spots

If all the sun and sand is working up on appetite on the beach, look no further than the Casero Food Truck operating right on site. Using locally sourced produce and meat (Kilannan Altbier battered Georgian Bay whitefish tacos, anyone?), this Mexican-style food truck will have you coming back for seconds. And make sure to try one of their fresh, made from scratch paletas! Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance post.

 

Eastern Ontario Local Food Challenge!

(Re)discover local food in Eastern Ontario during the second annual Local Food Challenge August 12 to 28. Throughout the two weeks,  residents are challenged to (re)discover the local food sources in their community by choosing more local food and sharing their local food experiences online.  All participants are eligible to win prizes from local sources. Participants must register no later than August 24 to report the local products that they pick, buy and catch from August 12-28. Sustain Ontario post.

 

Together We’re Bitter Brewing

As a multi-stakeholder co-operative, we’re running things a little differently. Workers and community supporters own the business and have a say in how things unfold at TWB. Our aim is to make our community a more vibrant place to live by celebrating the intersection of creativity and craft beer. There’s a co-operative brewing. Website.

 

Campus food providers under pressure from student tastes to revamp menus

The University of Toronto’s downtown campus will cut ties with its food service provider, Aramark, later this summer and start running most of its on-campus dining options itself, the latest school to satisfy what appears to be a growing appetite for fresh meals. Chefs, for example, will cook soups and sauces from scratch instead of ordering from a production facility, Macdonald said. Such changes were called for by students, faculty and staff in focus groups leading up to the decision not to renew Aramark’s contract, she said. BC Local News story.

 

Local groups launch Food Policy Council to create sustainable food system

On the morning of June 16th, local groups took the first step toward creating a more sustainable food system, unveiling the Middlesex-London Food Assessment and announcing the creation of a food policy council. The collaborative team of London Community Foundation, the Middlesex-London Health Unit, the City of London and Middlesex County, proudly unveiled the Community Food Assessment this morning at Covent Garden Market. Alongside the presentation of the assessment, the Middlesex-London Food Policy Council was announced with a call for applications asking Londoners who are passionate about food to submit an application to join the council. London Community Foundation post.

 

Local Food Week – Investing $1.5m in Ontario’s Agri-food Sector

During Local Food Week this June, the Greenbelt Fund announced over $1.5m in new investments in projects across Ontario to increase the purchase of local food. Investments ranged from increasing the local field-grown produce sold in Subway sandwich shops during the harvest season, to launching a local food hub in Temiskaming, to developing a daily meal sourced entirely from Ontario products for Dana Hospitality’s broader public sector clients. Greenbelt Fund post.

 

Rural Summit explores strategies to retain and attract youth to rural, remote and northern areas of the province

Youth from across Ontario joined community, business and municipal leaders at the Rural Ontario Summit at Stratford Rotary Complex this week. With its theme of Building the Future, the daylong session focused on attracting and retaining the next generation to the province’s rural and northern communities. Workshops explored issues like education and training, jobs and entrepreneurship, social infrastructure and civic leadership. Stratford Beacon Herald story.

 

Protecting Farmland Forever

Ontario Farmland Trust recently released Protecting Farmland Forever, its new video featuring local farmers, land owners, and farmland advocates who make the important connection between local food and preservation of local farmland. Video.

 

Adding value through the Species At Risk Farm Incentive Program

The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program is a cost-share program that is designed to help farmers implement on-farm projects aimed at enhancing, protecting, or creating habitat for species at risk, such as the Snapping turtle or Monarch butterfly. The program promotes a number of on-farm best management practices to support species at risk that can be applied to croplands, grasslands, wetlands and woodlands. Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association post.

 

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Andrew Coppolino’s top 10 reasons for shopping at farmers’ markets

While supermarkets – both small and large – have taken their cue from farmers’ markets and have attempted to feature more local food (and good on them for doing so), farmers’ markets are one of the best ways to find great local food in season. They have a long and important history of bringing people, food and commerce together. So, in descending order, here are my top ten reasons for shopping your local farmers’ market. CBC News story.

Local Food News — World

Why would a city defy convention and run its own farming operation?

The Gut Karlshof farm site is located well within the limits of one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, even though it would violate handfuls of bylaws, regulations and zoning restrictions almost anywhere in Canada. The historic farmyard is located on 273 hectares (675 acres) of prime agricultural land, and it and nine other sites called estates in and around the city add up to 6,300 acres farmed by the municipal government. By German standards, such a farm operation is enormous. Country Guide story.

 

Britain’s meal ticket? Food and drink at heart of referendum debate

It is no coincidence that food and drink is at the heart of so much of the debate about whether we are better off in or out of the EU. Worth £80bn a year and employing 400,000 people, it is our largest manufacturing sector and a big exporter and importer. Moreover, 38% of its workers are foreign-born, placing its demand for cheap labour at the centre of arguments about immigration. The common agriculture policy (CAP) swallows up nearly 40% of the total EU budget; it has reshaped not just farming but our landscape in the decades since Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973. The free movement of goods, people and capital – enshrined in EU treaties – and EU common policies adopted on trade, fisheries and regional development, as well as agriculture, have been the framework through which the UK has globalised. The Guardian story.

 

This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America’s Urban Ag Capital

As Co.Exist reported, Chicago is quietly becoming the country’s urban agriculture capital with 821 growing sites across the city, from small community gardens to multimillion dollar indoor farms, according to the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project. Even O’Hare’s Terminal 3 is home to the world’s first airport aeroponic garden. EcoWatch post.

 

Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project

Since 2010, the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project (CUAMP) has sought to collaboratively map and inventory urban agriculture and community gardens in Chicago. The project includes representatives from not-for-profits, community organizations, universities, and practitioners, all of whom agree that collecting information collaboratively will lead to more and better publicly accessible information about urban agriculture in Chicago. Website.

 

Furniture Giant IKEA Wants to Help Restaurants Build Their Own Indoor Farms

The company—which has put further emphasis on becoming more environmentally sustainable—recently introduced “The Farm,” a hydroponic garden that would allow them to grow the food served at their stores directly inside the IKEA restaurants. The in-store cafes—known for their Swedish meatballs, cinnamon rolls and lingonberry everything—are just one small slice of the company’s $2 billion-a-year business. However, IKEA is hoping to use The Farm as a model for restaurants everywhere to take a more holistic, home-grown approach to the food supply chain. Food & Wine story.

 

This New Startup Wants To Be The Airbnb For Local Farm Tourism

Despite the growing popularity of local food—sales more than doubled between 2008 and 2014—most small farms struggle to survive. A new startup called Farmcation is designed to offer a new source of income by connecting farmers with nearby city dwellers who want to visit. At a test event for the startup, now in beta, Bay Area visitors traveled to an organic family farm in the Central Valley, where they met the farmer, got a tour, picked strawberries, and ate a picnic lunch spread out on a long table next to an orchard and cooked by chefs from a San Francisco restaurant. Co.Exist story.

 

Hungry for your next Food Adventure? Explore with Zingerman’s Great American Food Tours!

Zingerman’s Food Tours has used food as a way to connect to the history of a region, the spirit of its people and the regional rhythm of daily life. Zingerman’s Food Tours is your concierge to the best local guides, food, and cultural experiences. Our tours give you the chance to relax while enjoying and experiencing the best our destinations have to offer. We’ve scoured the globe to make connections in the food and travel world. After experiencing one of our tours, you’ll take home some pretty unique souvenirs: a deeper understanding of a unique region, a sense of their place in our increasingly connected lives, fantastic images, tasty memories, recipes to share, and a sense of discovery fulfilled. Taste the Local Difference post.

 

Urban Farm Pot

“Let’s grow our own food inside an urban space, be it living room, balcony or roof top of your home or in an urban park for large scale production. The future pods will have a new form of mediated arboreal culture, to integrate the biological and mechanical elements more closely, to transform the object into one that grows and changes symbiotically. This project sets out a direction for healthy biological exchanges with urban inhabitants, and to contribute to the life of urban ecosystems.” spoga+gafa blog.

 

How Nanotechnology Will Keep Your Bananas and Mangoes From Rotting

A Canadian team has invented a new way to make sure that fruit stays fresh for longer, by spraying them with a nano-scale formula. Jay Subramanian, a professor of tree fruit breeding and biotechnology at the University of Guelph, and his group have developed a treatment that extends the shelf life of fruits like mangoes, blueberries, and bananas, which could have huge implications in the battle against food waste, and help farmers, too. Subramanian’s new formula could change that. Motherboard story.

 

Doing a Little Soul Searching: Keeping It Real

Over the course of the past two decades, we’ve witnessed a profound shift in consumer behaviors toward deeper interest and participation in food culture driven by the desire for quality life experiences and healthier foods, concerns for the environment and the search for higher-quality, fresh food and beverage products. These cultural movements, which in their various ways focus on the recovery of soul, are where the energies that will shape the next cultural era lie. Those businesses that understand and serve these movements will be in the best position to thrive in the coming decades. Hartman Group post.

 

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How to Prepare Your Edible Garden for Summer Storms

The Summer Monsoon season is upon us. The winds howl and the rain pours down with very little warning. Is your edible garden ready for the onslaught of massive amounts of water hitting it in a very short amount of time? Here are a few tips to prepare your edible garden for summer storms. Agriscaping post.

Local Food News — Canada

Dishing it out for Fort McMurray

Three of Vancouver’s top gourmet chefs are dishing it out to Fort McMurray in an extremely tasteful way. The trio – Jefferson Alvarez, Kris Barnholden and Hamid Salimian are joining forces to produce some signature dishes to raise money for the northern Alberta city. It didn’t take long for the food vines to start producing added help for the ventures and food purveyors, farms and wineries have already jumped on board to support the venture. “Firstly, we are all Canadians and have a tradition of helping each other in times of needs and this is a wonderful way to both help and expose our homegrown food expertise and products to as many people as possible,” she added. Business Wire press release.

 

Stetski tables bill to establish national local food day

In a bid to recognize and encourage the local food movement, NDP MP Wayne Stetski for Kootenay-Columbia has introduced a bill to establish a National Local Food Day on the Friday before Thanksgiving every year. A number of community figures in the Kootenays came out in support of the concept, including Sophie Larsen, project coordinator of the Cranbrook Food Action Committee. Revelstoke Mountaineer story.

 

Port-Royal restoration to mark 75 years with food, drink

The day will also offer a trip along the Taste of Nova Scotia Good Cheer Trail, where visitors get a passport stamp and sample local food and drink from Good Cheer Trail members — the province’s wineries and craft-beverage producers — in the reconstructed room of where the Order began. The Chronicle Herald story.

 

Edmonton hasn’t hit peak food truck—yet

It’s back, bigger than ever—and the lines are part of the fun. It’s What the Truck?!, of course: Edmonton’s homegrown food-truck festival is back for another round of five street-eat celebrations over the summer months. This year will see food trucks gathering at Northlands for a two-day kick-off on May 28 and 29—the first two-day event in What the Truck?! history—followed by evenings at Blatchford (June 18), Northlands’ Park After Dark (July 8), Telus Field (August 20) and Churchill Square (September 25). VUE Weekly story.

 

Buy New Brunswick 2016 initiative launched

“The Buy Local campaign fits with the growing trend of food tourism,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. “This presents a perfect opportunity for us to promote our local producers, markets and food festivals. Some of the best products in the world are grown and processed right here in New Brunswick, and they are all featured at our world-class food tourism events.” Sackville Tribune Post story.

 

Welcome To Apple Heaven

A chance to visit Apple Heaven while still on earth! Every year we celebrate our apples at The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival. Salt Spring Island, BC grows over 450 varieties of apples ORGANICALLY, with an apple history dating back to 1860. Salt Spring Island is a small island (80 square miles) of 11,000 people in the Strait of Georgia between Victoria and Vancouver, BC, Canada.  We are accessed via BC Ferries routes to Fulford, Vesuvius and Long Harbour, and by float plane.. Website

 

Why Buying Local Really Means Supporting Your Community

But “fast and convenient” has weakened our communities. As the African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Big food corporations want to grow fast so they go alone. But for our local communities to go far, we must go together. And homegrown businesses are a critical link for a strong, vibrant, healthy community; nowhere is this more prevalent than our local food economy. Huffington Post Canada blog.

 

Green Party of Canada supports local farmers and eating local this summer

“This will give millions of Canadians an opportunity to support local farmers: agriculture is vital to the economy of many parts of the country,” said Jean Rousseau, Green Party of Canada Agriculture Critic – East. “Hundreds of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in direct spin-offs to local communities bring people together with a common objective: to nurture the tradition of buying local at public markets,” Mr. Rousseau said. “When people buy food grown closer to home, it is not just our local farmers and food processors who benefit, but our environment as well.” Northumberland View post.

 

Portrait of an urban farmer

You could say farming is in Leila Trickey’s genes. Her homesteader parents and five siblings lived on an Ontario farm, and her childhood was shaped by wide open spaces and fresh earth. When Trickey grew up, she moved to more urban pastures, but she still felt a nostalgia for the land. It’s no surprise she jumped at the chance to rent a plot in the agricultural land reserve so she could grow her own food. She now runs a small farm with her partner, Dave Carlson, in Burnaby’s Big Bend area. They have goats for milking, fresh eggs, honeybees and an abundance of organic produce. They grow squash, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, beans, peas, kohlrabi, fennel and kale. Burnaby Now story.

 

A full-time commitment to stewardship

The transition from a tobacco farm to Texas Longhorn ranch in southern Ontario’s foremost tobacco-growing region wasn’t without turmoil for Cathy and Bryan Gilvesy, but the rewards far outweighed regrets as they reinvented the farm to better reflect their philosophies on agriculture and life. The latest material reward came in the form of Ontario’s environmental stewardship award (TESA) presented by the Beef Farmers of Ontario in February. Canadian Cattlemen story.

 

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This Indonesian Startup Lets City Dwellers Play FarmVille In Real Life

Someone living in a high-rise in Jakarta may not have a balcony, let alone a garden plot for growing food. But an Indonesian startup is working to turn city dwellers into virtual farmers: Through the platform, called iGrow, someone can invest in seeds for an underemployed farmer in a rural area, and then get regular updates as the food grows. When the crop is sold, seed investors share in the profits. Fast Company story.

Local Food News — Ontario

Steve Peters now a general manager at Salt Creek Farm Market

Steve Peters’ career path has come full circle in a rather satisfying way. Peters, a former speaker of the Ontario legislature, was working at a St. Thomas supermarket in 1991 when he scored a dark horse victory in St. Thomas mayor’s race that kick-started his political career. When he was elected a Liberal MPP and became minister of agriculture, he became a big promoter of Ontario food. Now in his new job as general manager of Salt Creek Farm Market, Peters is back to selling groceries, but with a rigorous focus on locally grown and processed products. “I’ve always had this vision of creating the Ontario store,” Peters said. London Free Press story.

 

Ontario and Greenbelt Fund Bringing More Local Food to Ontario Colleges

The Greenbelt Fund, in partnership with the Ontario Government, is providing Mohawk College with $100,000 in funding through the Local Food Investment Fund (LFIF) to develop the first provincial local food procurement model for Ontario colleges.  Along with increasing local food literacy and availability at Mohawk College, the pilot project is expected to increase local food purchases by $1.5 million over two years at three participating colleges. Greenbelt Fund post.

 

FoodStarter

Operated by a not-for-profit board, Food Starter focuses on helping early-stage food processors commercialize and scale the development of their food products. With an emphasis on baked goods, hot and cold fill products and confectionery items for both traditional and ethnic markets, Food Starter provides access to a provincially inspected food production facility that offers shared food production and packaging equipment, business advisory services and structured training to help companies scale and grow their food processing businesses. Website.

 

Eating local in Lambton County

Breakfast on the farm is being held for the third time since it’s inception in 2014. After being held at Kevin and Melissa Forbes’s Dairy farm for the past two years, this year’s breakfast will be served at the farm of Brian and Joan Pelleboer, a goat dairy farm where they also have cash cropping and calves. Community Economic Development Officer and organizer Tracy Ranick said they first heard about farm breakfasts being held in other parts of Ontario and Michigan, and decided to put something together in Lambton County, a major hub for farming. Petrolia Topic story.

 

Not Far From The Tree

Not Far From The Tree is a Toronto-based fruit picking project inspired by 3 things: the spirit of sharing, the desire to give back to our community, and a passion for environmentally sustainable living. Torontonians with fruit-bearing trees often have fruit to spare – everything from apples, pears and grapes to sumac, apricots and elderberry! Once they register their tree, we’ll pick their fruit and divvy up the harvest 3 ways: between the homeowner, our volunteers, and local food banks, shelters and community kitchens. Website.

 

Mohawk College goes local for its food

During a news conference June 8 at Mohawk College’s food court, the Ontario government and the Greenbelt Fund announced it will be providing $100,000 for a 14-member advisory committee to develop a plan for the college to establish locally-sourced food procurement policies that will be adapted for implementation across the province. Mohawk College, said Griffiths, will contribute $100,000 to the project. Hamilton News story.

 

Metro Expanding Local Food Purchasing Plan To Ontario

Metro has announced it’s expanding it’s local purchasing program into Ontario. Metro is a food and pharmaceutical distributor in Quebec and Ontario. It’s more than 600 food stores include Metro, Food Basics, Metro Plus and Super C. The local purchasing program is intended to promote local agri-food products and increase access to them by all consumers. Blackburn News story.

 

Ontario Self-Guided Brewery Discovery Routes Bigger and Better for 2016

Self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes Maps provide five complete itineraries for folks looking to get out and explore breweries, cideries, Feast On restaurants, and local attractions. Along the way, participants can indulge in the flavours of artisanal cheeses, lovingly prepared culinary treats using fresh, local ingredients, premium craft beverages, farmers’ markets and scenic outlooks. Marketwired press release.

 

Celebrating 25 years of success: Ontario’s Environmental Farm Plan

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP), one of Ontario agriculture’s flagship programs, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The EFP, which has been adapted across Canada and its workbook shared with more than 30 countries, provides training, self-assessment, and action plan development for 23 environmental areas on and around the farm and outlines best management practices. Since EFP’s inception, over 40,000 Ontario farm businesses have voluntarily participated in almost 3,550 educational workshops, resulting in a total estimated investment of $390 million in on-farm environmental improvements, supported by associated incentive programs. AgInnovation post.

 

2015/16 Ontario Local Food Report

The agri-food sector in Ontario is made up of hundreds of thousands of people: farmers, food and beverage processors, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs. Within those ranks are countless local food champions who drove the local food movement forward in 2015/2016 – from nutrition programs supporting students in Northern Ontario to innovators in Cornwall turning shipping containers into hydroponic farms. Report.

 

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How Robots in Restaurants Will Change the Way We Eat and Live

The first step in understanding what automation means, is realizing the moment has already arrived. Wendy’s and McDonald’s locations, for example, have begun implementing tablet-based ordering stations in the front of restaurants, and Cali-based mini-chain Eatsa (more on that, later) can be viewed as an early nonpareil of what seamless automation should look like. “At McDonald’s, a lot of what they are cooking is automated, but needing a human touch at some point,” Templeton said. “In the front of house, automation has been popping up in the form of tablets — replacing waiters — and I can only see that becoming more widespread. We will probably see a lot of restaurants letting people order food with their phones, too.” Thrillist story.

Local Food News — World

3rd-graders learn value of local agriculture

Estes Elementary School third-grade Academically Intellectually Gifted students are working on a Farm Community Awareness Campaign. We want people to know more about farms, but we also want people to realize that farms are not just cows, pigs and other animals that you think of as basically boring. Farms are more interesting than you might think they are. Mountain Xpress post.

 

Year After Year, the Same State Ranks as the Best for Local Food

When a Vermont-based nonprofit that advocates for local food initiatives finds, year after year, that Vermont is the most locavore-friendly state in the country—that is, the state that makes it easiest to eat locally grown food—it may be tempting to write it off. Still, despite Vermont’s coming in first place for the fifth year in a row in the Strolling of the Heifers 2016 Locavore Index, released Monday, the ranking is more than a vanity project—it offers a compelling look at the state of small farms, and the policies that support them, across the country. TakePart story.

 

Localizing Distribution to Make Better Food Accessible to All

As we think about rewiring the food system for the better, we should aspire to collapse the distribution chain instead of adding to it. The solution is to eliminate middlemen, not simply replace them — Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and tech companies like Farmigo are already applying just-in-time models to directly connect consumers to farm-fresh food, harvesting only what’s ordered to maximize freshness and reduce waste. Food + Tech Connect guest post by Benzi Ronen, Founder of Farmigo

 

What If The Food Industry Ended Monoculture Farming?

Since 1974, the average number of items in a grocery store has increased from 9,000 to almost 44,000 today. Yet today, 75 percent of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and 5 animal species, finds the Food and Agriculture Organization. So while the range of products available has widened, the range of crops grown to produce those products has narrowed over the last 40+ years. This is a food system dominated by monoculture. Food + Tech Connect post.

 

Homegrown edibles trend in county

County residents are investing in more homegrown fruits, vegetables, and chickens, according to three local business officials. Jon Hefley of The Lumberyard in Hillsboro has noticed more people have started to grow potatoes, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and other common foodstuffs instead of purchasing them at grocery stores. “Homegrown food just tastes so different,” Hefley said. “Prices are going up on a lot of groceries, and with the drop in beef prices, people are scared, too. There is a lot of uncertainty.” The Lumberyard has stocked small chicken coops, some of which look like little red barns, to meet another trend Hefley has noticed. Hillsboro Star-Journal story.

 

There’s something cooking at the Vogelmorn Club

Homegrown food businesses will be able to operate out the Vogelmorn Club’s newly installed kitchen this spring. The kitchen will be rented on an hourly basis so goods can be produced for markets in accordance with food safety laws. The Vogelmorn Community Group came up with the idea after asking Brooklyn people how they’d like to use the old bowling clubrooms on Mornington Road. Many requested a place with a proper hygiene certificate to press, package, and make goods they could sell in markets around Wellington. Stuff.co.nz story.

 

How Small Grocers are Banding Together to Change Food Retail For the Good

So he told Sarah Weiner, who co-founded and runs the awards via the Seedling Projects, that he thought stores like his and other independents needed to pool together as the presenting sponsor of the Good Food Awards. “Through the process of talking through it and testing the idea out with a few people, the idea of the collaborative was born,” Mogannam said. The initial idea was two-fold. They would create a network of independent retailers who could sponsor the Good Food Awards collectively as an entity. They would also help to grow the sale of organic and sustainable products by championing the producers and pushing sales in their stores. Civil Eats story.

 

Beijing’s First Culinary Incubator, Hatchery

Based in Beijing, China, Hatchery is an innovative platform that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and local communities to develop, test, launch, and enjoy exciting new food and beverage ideas. Since our founding in 2015, we have been working hard to bring more of the world’s unique flavors and cuisines to China. Hatchery is currently headquartered at a multi-purpose space in Tuanjiehu, Beijing. Within the venue is a 250-square-meter dining area with seating for up to 100 diners, fully stocked bar, private dining rooms, and a table-tennis table. The Hatchery kitchen occupies 180 square meters with bakery, large food preparation areas, professional kitchen equipment and food storage facilities. The Beijinger blog.

 

Agrihoods: A new housing trend is taking root

“How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm?” asks the old song. The answer may be: Build them an agrihood. Feeding off the continuing interest in eating fresh, local food, developers are ditching golf courses and designing communities around farms, offering residents a taste of the pastoral life — and tasty produce, too. The latest incarnation of harvest homes is The Cannery, a community designed around a small farm in Davis, about 20 miles west of California’s capital, Sacramento. Press Herald story.

 

The World’s First Floating Urban Dairy Farm Will Be Built In Rotterdam

The Floating Farm will be home to 60 urban dairy cows that will produce local milk, cheese, cream, butter, and yogurt. “Our idea is to create as much food as we can locally,” says Peter van Wingerden, director of Beladon, a building developer that specializes in floating structures and that envisions building fully floating cities in the future. “The long-term idea is to create cities that are completely self-sufficient on essential elements like clean water, energy, food, and waste—to create this inside these cities on oceans,” he says. Fast Company post.

 

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Review: The War on Food

At what point will any of us have the balls to stand up and say ‘you know what, it’s time for a new corporate model, one that is a mod of incorporation’ and be ready to throw tomatoes instead of capsicums, even though we have no tomatoes to throw…and that’ll make sense if and when you see the show. Which you must, because there is a wonderful economy of homegrown talent happening here, and it’s important to foster this produce. Fresh in thought and in fun, ‘The War on Food’ will leave you thinking and hungry for more. And considering the ending, there is more to come from this fantastic mob of passionate young creatives. And that’s a good thing…a very very good thing. OUTinPerth review.

Local Food News — Ontario

Brian Gilvesy of Y U Ranch Named Food Tank Hero

Y U Ranch® proprietor Bryan Gilvesy was named among 17 Farmer Heroes for Sustainability, Equality, and Defense of Traditions by U.S.-based not-for-profit, FoodTank whose work is focused on “building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.” FoodTank recognized seventeen farmers from eleven countries around the world for their work to support innovation, sustainability, the environment, and local economy.  In honouring Bryan Gilvesy, Food Tank noted his role as ecological agriculture champion in Ontario, the sustainable ranching practices of Y U Ranch, and his active work with Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS), which supports farmers in restoring and preserving natural resources throughout Canada. Sustain Ontario post.

 

State-of-the-art research greenhouse opens in Vineland, June 3

The largest, most modern pre-commercial horticultural research greenhouse in North America is making its official debut on June 3. As part of the grand opening of the 40,000 square foot facility at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, the public is invited for a tour of the greenhouse. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre post.

 

5th Annual Day of the Pig showcases local food in Eastern Ontario

A stretch of Highway 38 just South of Sharbot Lake was abuzz on Sunday May 22nd, where Seed to Sausage hosted its 5th annual Day of the Pig. The event highlighted Ontario artisan food where event-goers discovered new flavours while supporting local businesses. The event showcased 15 food and drink vendors and 20 market vendors. There was live music, cooking demonstrations and multiple pig roasts for all to enjoy. Sustain Ontario blog.

 

Five young entrepreneurs get ‘hooked up’ with $1,500

Five young local social entrepreneurs are the recipients of a $1,500 micro-grant through the “Hook it Up” program spearheaded by the Socent7, a collective of youth social entrepreneurship organizations funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to foster a culture of entrepreneurship throughout Ontario. The initiative provides a small injection of capital to help young entrepreneurs aged 13-35 test out their concept and turn it into a reality. The area’s successful applicants include a tool library, building and expanding local food production operations, an all-female Aboriginal drum circle, and the Algoma University People’s Garden. Soo Today story.

 

Eat Local Grey Bruce

Eat Local Grey Bruce is a co-op of 20+ farmers that delivers  healthy, locally grown food right to your door. Producer members offer frozen meat, refrigerated dairy, veggies, bread, fruits, flours, and some preserved goods, plus we buy additional items from the Ontario Natural Food Coop and other suppliers. Consumer members order online and receive their products via home delivery (or group drop-off in rural areas). Orders are fully customizable, with no minimums and requirements to order on a regular basis. All local products are traceable back to the producers. Website.

 

NERDs work on local food issues

This week, current and past Northern Environmental Research (NERD) students, as well as graduates of NHHS’s Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program, gathered at the Faraday Community Centre to answer a challenge from North Hastings Community Trust. The session was part of the ICE initiative of the Ministry of Education. ICE stands for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship, and is designed to help students develop the creative problem-solving and teamwork skills they will need in their careers. The challenge students tackle must be an important and ‘real-world’ current community issue. The NHCT challenge was all of that, namely: how might we ensure that everyone has equitable access to nutritious food in our local area, based on the environmental sustainability of, and opportunities provided by, the North Hastings land base. In other words, the students had to develop new approaches to ensuring that everyone in this area has enough nutritious and affordable locally-grown food. Bancroft This Week story.

 

Huron Food Action Network Wants Food Charter Adopted

The Huron Food Action Network is encouraging every municipality in the County to get more involved in local food policy. Local Food System Co-ordinator Nathan Swartz made presentations at both Central Huron and Bluewater council meetings last night. Swartz explains there is a food system in place, but it largely targets imports and exports. He says what they hope to do is make it easier for local producers to get their products to local consumers. Blackburn AgriMedia story.

 

Introducing Open Food Network Canada

Open Food Network Canada (OFN-CAN) is a newly registered not-for-profit organization that is leveling the technology playing field and empowering small scale producers, artisans and food hubs to ‘get on-line’ with a new open source platform.  The Open Food Network (OFN) acts as a directory, advertising space, online marketplace and tool for sharing information and resources about sustainable food systems. Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable post.

 

Homesteadin’ off the Grid

Urban homesteading is a growing national trend promoting sustainable self-sufficiency in an urban environment, and Waterloo Region is no exception. But why? Posing this question to some of the region’s homesteaders, I heard many responses, and in every instance noticed that homesteading is about starting something; a move towards personal and environmental health by way of simplifying and becoming more self-sufficient. For some people who grew up in the 1960s, the things we call “homesteading” skills were normal activities. Community Edition blog.

 

Top Organic E-Grocers Join Forces

Fresh City and Front Door Organics (FDO), two of Toronto’s top organic delivery companies, are teaming up to deliver more local food to the GTA. The acquisition was announced on Monday – the combined businesses will operate under the Fresh City banner. “Welcoming FDO customers to Fresh City means we can further enhance our service and get more local, clean food on GTA tables” said Goel. “That’s something both companies are extremely passionate about.” Montreal Gazette story.

 

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Fund merger fears

Members of Ontario’s agricultural sector question whether the merger of two provincial funding programs disguises massive cuts to rural funding. The Ontario government has decided to merge the long-running Rural Economic Development funding program into the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, and many in the province’s agricultural sector fear the move is a shell game designed to slash funding to rural areas. Better Farming story.

Local Food News — Canada

Local food strategy aims to boost Yukon production

The Yukon Government has created a local food strategy, hoping to increase production in the territory. The plan outlines programs and policies the government hopes to enact over the next five years. “They’re looking at more programs, and trying to help the farmers with more funding,” said Lou Clark, who was acclaimed as president of the Yukon Agricultural Association this week. CBC News story.

 

Is local food good for farmers?

Canada’s social sciences council is investing $2.4 million in local food research. Blay-Palmer is director of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., where she explores the big questions around sustainability. Those big questions include social justice, a factor rarely considered in mainstream ag research. For her, looking into economics means not only farm incomes, but also migrant labour, access to affordable food, and what she calls food “re-localization,” or “closing the loop” — to retain as much money as possible in the community. Country Guide story.

 

New website TopFeed to connect P.E.I. food buyers and sellers

The goal of TopFeed is two-fold, said Murphy: make local food more accessible to Islanders, and help small-scale producers grow their clientele. CBC News story.

 

Nova Scotia Food Summit pushes local food

This week marks the first Nova Scotia Food Summit. Event organizers say the summit responds to a mounting need to overhaul our “broken” food system—paying homage to local food and wrangling some much needed support for an agriculture sector in crisis. From Sunday through Tuesday, supporters, thinkers and curious folk alike will congregate at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville to talk about restoring a sustainable food system. The Coast story. Website.

 

CitiGrow preps next level of ultra-local food to downtown Winnipeg

Downtown Winnipeg is about to be introduced to the next level of local food. CitiGrow, a company that has built a network of micro-farms in the city, is introducing food box subscriptions. Over the past two years, its produce has been sold to local restaurants. This year, for $37.50 weekly, subscribers will be able to pick up a box of enough food to feed a family of four for a week. The food will be coming from 22 of micro-farms in and around Winnipeg. Winnipeg Metro News story.

 

Scaling up Through Food Procurement Learning Labs

Newfoundland, a province known as The Rock, is not known for its farmland but is known for its culinary creativity and for making the most of resources on the edge of the Atlantic.  When the School Lunch Association, a charitable school food service provider on the Avalon Peninsula, decided to join the local food movement, they knew there would be obstacles. Local food procurement Learning Labs provide an innovative way to navigate these types of obstacles. These Labs, modelled after those of US School Food FOCUS, bring together key stakeholders to articulate their vision and goals. Participants then agree on a handful of priority actions that can realistically be accomplished in a short time frame. Farm to Cafeteria Canada post.

 

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries bets on local food

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries doubled the amount of local food it bought to serve in restaurants at its two Winnipeg casinos’ restaurants this year, now dedicating 25 per cent of its annual $4-million food budget to local food purchasing.The uptake of local food purchases means increased demand from companies like Notre Dame Creamery Ltd. to supplying the corporation an additional 600 pounds of butter, adding over $60,000 to the milk processors’ annual revenues. Manitoba Co-operator story.

 

Manitoba Food Processors Association rebranded as Food & Beverage Manitoba

As a non-profit organization, Food & Beverage Manitoba is an advocate for the support of Manitoba’s homegrown food businesses. The food and beverage industry throughout Manitoba is already the most abundant in the province. Food & Beverage Manitoba deals with a wide array of businesses, both local start-ups and multi national organizations, along with everything in between. MyToba story.

 

Will CETA trade away Canada’s local food systems?

Both CETA and the TPP include a highly problematic investor–state dispute settlement process, for example, which will multiply the number of corporate lawsuits challenging public policy that Canada already faces under NAFTA. But only one of these new deals (CETA) encroaches worryingly on the ability of provinces, municipalities and other public institutions to favour domestic food and support national farmers in public procurement contracts. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives post.

 

Real estate speculation threatens future of Metro Vancouver farmland

Real estate speculation of local farmland has passed the “tipping point” and is the leading threat against building a sustainable, job-producing regional food system, according to Dr. Kent Mullinix, director of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems. “To put it quite bluntly, the provincial and federal governments have allowed this huge influx of wealth to come in here and it’s skewed the market; it’s blown it out of the water,” said Mullinix. Richmond News story.

 

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5 food and beverage categories losing market share — an analyst perspective

Amid industrywide fluctuations due to consumer needs and regulatory changes that are in a state of flux, market share loss is weakening manufacturers in key portfolio categories. Analysts from Euromonitor and Mintel shared with Food Dive five categories showing a decline in market share. Food Dive story.

Local Food News — Ontario

Creative Partnership Results In New Sausage

WindsorEats, along with Robbie’s Gourmet Sausage Co., have come up with a sausage unlike any other, by combining the delicious juicy flavors of Robbie’s sausages, with the spicy fresh flavour of sriracha. “We want to work closely with local food producers in the region to create fun, unique and high quality products,” said Pina Ciotoli, co-owner of WindsorEats. Windsorite.ca News story.

 

Local Food Week June 6 to 12

See list of events that are happening across the province to celebrate Local Food. If you have an event that you would like listed, please submit the event details. Website.

 

Don’t get fooled by fast food ‘farm-washing’

The rising popularity of local food and sustainable agriculture makes the big fast food companies nervous. Increasingly, people want to know where their food is coming from and how it was raised. Eaters want to support farms where animals are treated well, where workers are paid properly, where soil and water are taken care of. They want to eat healthier foods, not hormone-laden beef or pesticide lettuce. Fast food companies like McDonald’s have tried to steal back the limelight. Kingston Region post.

 

Ontario honours grocers who promote local food

“Buying local food not only provides families with healthy and delicious options, but creates jobs and economic growth in communities across the province. I applaud grocery retailers for looking at innovative ways to connect consumers with their food and the people who grow it so they have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the good things grown in Ontario,” says Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Food in Canada story.

 

OntarioFresh Seeks ‘Ride Share for Local Food’ Feedback

OntarioFresh.ca is seeking feedback on its “Ride Share for Local Food” app from sellers, distributors/carriers or food hubs and covers both Just-in-time and Scheduled distribution opportunities.  How can the app help you grow your local food business? Sustain Ontario post.

 

Ontario farmers find sweet success with birch syrup

What began as Bert and Kathy Beilke’s passion to grow food and connect with nature more than 20 years ago, has since turned into an innovative new food product. Golden birch syrup is a semi-sweet flavoured syrup made from sap of yellow birch trees on the Beilkes’ Wagram Springs Farm in Wellington County near Moorefield. Food in Canada story.

 

Farm to Table Market and Kitchen

The Farm to Table Market and Kitchen is your one stop shop for local, farm fresh, organic and artisanal food in the heart of Collingwood. We are open to the public. Anyone can shop here! Members receive a discount and volunteers qualify for an even greater discount. Member or not, smiles are always free:) Website.

 

FarmStart

FarmStart works with a diverse group including recent immigrants, some of whom have farming experience from before they came to Canada. Often they know how to grow foods from their home country and find an eager market in the greater Toronto area and beyond. Other new farmers are young and may be fairly new to farming. FarmStart helps farmers through incubator farms, training programs, and through their FarmLink program. FarmLink connects new farmers with established farmers and farmland owners, helping them to access farmland once they are ready to get established on their own. Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario blog.

 

Sustainable Local Food Certificate Program

This certificate explores the practices, principles and philosophies involved in local food system development. The focus is on increasing both academic and hands-on knowledge of regional food initiatives across Canada, alongside international best practices. There is a specific concentration on applied learning, online networking, and community research. This certificate is the first of its kind in Canada, providing a cutting edge advantage when competing for work in the sustainable local food sector. St. Lawrence College of applies Arts & Technology post.

 

A Short Guide to Food & Farming Terms

The Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network has compiled a short guide to food and farming terms that are commonly used to describe agricultural practices and products. Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network post.

 

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Be Ready to Laugh

John Oliver discusses how and why media outlets so often report untrue or incomplete information as science. Youtube video.

Local Food News — World

The Guerrilla Grafting Movement

There is a group of fruit lovers in San Francisco that practice something known as “guerrilla grafting” –  they graft fruit bearing branches onto fruitless, ornamental trees across the Bay Area city. Having access to free fruit sounds like a wonderful idea, considering the number of homeless people who can rarely afford a decent meal, but guerrilla grafting is actually illegal. Oddity Central post.

 

Yardfarmers follows 6 young Americans as they move back home to farm their parents’ yards

Yardfarmers, which was created by Erik Assadourian, a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute and a sustainability researcher and writer, aims to follow six young Americans as they move back in with their parents to grow food in their parents’ yards and/or other neighborhood greenspaces. It’s an intriguing proposition, and one which may help to bring urban farming and backyard farming out from under the Portlandia hipster umbrella and put it back in the forefront of conversations about sustainability and food systems. Treehugger story.

 

New 1LOCAL Index brings transparency to food scene

In 2014, PASA launched its Real Deal Project to understand the concept of “local food.” The project sought to understand how consumers and food purveyors define local, what values are embedded in the concept of local food, and what food businesses are doing to communicate their local practices. This lead to the development of 1LOCAL Index, consisting of an online self-assessment, a customized infographic report and a best-practices toolkit. Farm and Dairy story.

 

Chickens Key to Living Backyard-to-Table

As Americans look to eat more natural, homegrown food, the farm-to-table trend is popping up in backyards. And for families embracing the backyard-to-table movement, chickens are a key element, according to Tractor Supply Company, the nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer. During its springtime Chick Days event, Tractor Supply serves as a one-stop resource for families who want to get started raising backyard poultry. Through April, baby chicks and ducklings are available at most Tractor Supply stores nationwide. Marketwired press release.

 

OOOOby Taranaki hopes to rebuild local food sources with homegrown goods

A business focused on rebuilding local food sources is looking for homegrown providers. Ooooby Taranaki, Out of our own Backyards, will begin delivering locally-sourced produce to Oakura, Omata and New Plymouth on Wednesday May 25 and if business booms then Ooooby partners Ursula Bil-Tetink and Emma Thorp hope to spread the business throughout the region. Taranaki Daily News story.

 

Food policy conference planned at UC Riverside

There will be a break-out sessions on the following topics: Farming the 21st Century, Securing Capital to Grow Agribusiness, Connecting Local and Health, Resources for Food & Agriculture Production, GIS Mapping to Connect Growers and Landowners, Community Engagement Workshop, Farming on Less than 10 Acres, Ag Land Lease Agreements, Local Food Procurement Policies, and Career Opportunities in Food & Agriculture. University of California post.

 

Sodexo’s “Vermont First” Commitments Bearing Fruit as Local Product Purchases See a Significant Increase

Under the “Vermont First” program, Sodexo works with farmers, distributors, processors, state government, non-profits and supply chain players within the farm to table economy to increase the amount of local food grown and sold in the state and beyond, contributing to growing Vermont’s economy. Sodexo has already completed many of the commitments it pledged to at the launch announcement, including developing a plan to meet the production needs of Vermont farmers and creating a steering committee of Vermont stakeholders to discuss issues of procurement, marketing and meeting cutover demand. CSRwire.com press release.

 

When Whole Foods asked for local produce, more than 100 growers applied

Whole Foods Market announced last month that it was seeking local produce, meat, baked goods, body care goods and more to sell at its first store in the Lehigh Valley, expected to open this fall at the Costco-anchored Hamilton Crossings shopping center in Lower Macungie Township. The high-end grocery store that claims to sell only the healthiest and most natural products received 109 applications from suppliers by the April 6 deadline, spokeswoman Annie Cull said. Allentown Morning Call story.

 

In packaged food, local players beat multinationals in market share

The year 2015 has been a good year for homegrown food brands like Amul, Britannia, Mother Dairy, Parle, among others, as there has been a clear trend amongst consumers preferring Indian brands over their foreign counterparts. In fact, only three international brands (Mondelez, PepsiCo and Nestle) figured in the top ten players by market share across packaged foods, as per data from market research firm Euromonitor. Business Standard story.

 

Sacramento Kings, Legends Hospitality Announce More Local Arena Food Partners

The Sacramento Kings and Legends Hospitality announced three more local restaurant partners joining the food and beverage program at Golden 1 Center – the future home of the Sacramento Kings opening in October. These three restaurants represent the Kings and Legends extended commitment to sourcing local ingredients and supporting the regional economy, all while highlighting the best of Sacramento. NBA.com  story.

 

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America’s most densely-packed restaurant city may surprise you

You can’t swing a lobstah in Providence without knocking over a bowl of chowdah. What’s it like to live in a place where there are more restaurants per capita than anywhere else? “Because of the student population here (Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University), there are lots of cozy places geared to a tight budget,” says Jamie Coelho, associate editor at Rhode Island Monthly, where she writes and edits the publication’s local food newsletter, The Dish. Yahoo Canada Finance story.

Local Food News — World

A Floating Food Forest Prepares to Sets Sail in New York City

Half public art project, half tourist destination, a floating food forest called Swale is set to launch along the New York City waterfront in June. Unlike the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, Clifton Park Food Forest in Baltimore, and other similar efforts located in public parks or public land, Swale is built on a barge. Occupying the equivalent of one tenth of an acre, the barge will be planted with mature persimmon and paw-paw trees, gooseberries, autumn olives, chives, artichokes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and dozens of other varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and nuts that visitors are invited to harvest and eat, free of charge. Swale will dock at six ports along the Hudson River, including Governors Island, Yankee Pier, and Brooklyn Bridge Park, spending at least one month in each. Civil Eats story.

 

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

Learn about how USDA and our federal partners support local and regional food economies; see communities putting these resources to work; and explore the map to find out what’s happening near you. USDA portal.

 

Funding the Nonprofit Grocery Store: A Variety of Models at Work

As the large chains leave, residents are banding together to explore new methods of maintaining their neighborhood stores, including membership, connecting to other nonprofit or business services, and crowdfunding. In Waco, Texas, Mission Waco has raised thirty-eight percent of the funds it needs to convert a vacant 6,500 square-foot building into a vibrant “Jubilee Food Market.” Its goal is to raise $488,000 to transform the eyesore into a community asset. Many years ago, the building was home to a Safeway, but the grocery store has long abandoned the community. Now, the nonprofit is looking to donors from as far away as Maine to rebuild this essential resource. Nonprofit Quarterly story.

 

In Hudson Valley Schools, a Program Spreads Learning Through Gardening

Few things are more inspiring than seeing a young person create a meaningful place in society from scratch. That’s the case with Ava Bynum, who grew up near our home in Philipstown, N.Y., and — setting aside the idea of college — created a program for local schools, Hudson Valley Seed, built around incorporating basic learning with gardening and nutrition. The program now serves about 1,500 students a week in schools in several Hudson Valley counties. The New York Times story.

 

New Markets, New Opportunities: Strengthening Local Food Systems and Organic Agriculture

A powerful local and regional food movement is growing inside the United States; a movement that directly connects consumers with how, where and by whom their food is grown. It forges new pathways for rural families to stay on the farm and attracts new producers to farming and food-related businesses. It brings about a new appreciation for rural production and entrepreneurship among top chefs, food companies and grocers large and small. It connects schools and our nation’s children with fresher, healthier food to give them the energy they need to be successful into the future. And for all those reasons, it has become one of the four foundational pillars on which the U.S. Department of Agriculture bases its policies and programming. USDA Results, Tom Vilsack post.

 

When we create opportunities for farmers and ranchers, our entire nation reaps the benefit “Over the last four years, I’ve seen a shift. People who have never been on a farm are becoming interested in where their food comes from. Towns and neighborhoods that didn’t have regular access to fresh fruits and vegetables are getting them. Farmers and ranchers are tapping into new markets and keeping more money in their pockets by selling locally. And all across the country, innovative local food businesses are starting up and staffing up. Local food systems work for America: when we create opportunities for farmers and ranchers, our entire nation reaps the benefit.” Barack Obama quoted in Tom Vilsack post.

 

Food and Bike Punks funded project is drawing to a close

Once again Food Punks will be demonstrating their cookery skills, this time to lead cookery demos on local, seasonal food as well as how to reduce food waste. The Bike Punks team will be showing off their trials riding skills in the car park and will be on hand to give practical help with fixing bikes and bike maintenance. This is a great opportunity for the Food and Bike Punks to showcase their skills on a bigger stage and the event has lots of interesting workshops and fun activities as well as delicious food and a fashion show, showcasing clothes that have been up-cycled as a finale. Tweeddale Youth Action post.

 

Care Farming in the UK and Ireland: State of Play 2015

The majority of the estimated 240 care farms in the UK provide services for a range of client groups, including people with learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, people with mental illness and excluded young people. Most offer care farming services for 5 days a week for up to 50 clients a week and most users attend care farms between 1 and 3 times a week. Funding is identified as the most significant challenge to care farming services, in addition to securing contracts and recognition of the value of care farms and care farming services. UK care farms currently provide services for an estimated total of 8,400 vulnerable people per week. RuSource Briefing 2374.

 

The kids are all right on climate

If the students exhibiting their projects at Ireland’s first environmental exhibition for schools were the world leaders of today, we might be farther along the road to embracing the solutions to climate change. The mindsets required to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, improve energy efficiency and embrace clean energy technology were on display at Green-Schools Expo 2016, held at the RDS Industries Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin, late last month. “We should cut down on meat, because one burger is the carbon equivalent of driving a car for a month,” says Craig Griffin. Irish Times story.

 

Seeds & Chips: We bring food and technology together, May 11-14, Milan

Seeds&Chips is the International Summit dedicated to food innovation from farm to fork, where food and technology meet. Hundreds of startups, companies in food and tech, investors, thought leaders and policymakers come together to share content and visions, projects and experiences — innovating the food system is not just an opportunity, it is a challenge that concerns us all. Seeds&Chips is four days of exhibition, conferences/panel discussions, business matching and a hackathon, pitches and awards with the protagonists of Food Tech, Ag Tech and the “Internet of Food.” Website.

 

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What should I eat to be healthy?

“I’ve been writing about the food system for a very long time,” Michael Pollan tells PBS in his new documentary, “In Defense of Food.” “But what I kept hearing from readers was: Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve told me about where the food comes from and how the animals live, but what I want to know is what should I eat?” We make over 200 decisions about food a day, and at least in the developed world, many of us make them badly. Public Broadcasting Service post.