Locavore News — Canada


Real Time Farms

Real Time Farms is an online, live, local food guide that traces your food from farm to fork.  It is powered by the people; everyone can add and/or edit information on their local farms and/or markets and discover locally sourced restaurants in their area. The mission of Real Time Farms is to excite and educate people about where they can find fresh, local sources of food, bringing transparency to the food web.  We believe that when people know where their food comes from, it leads naturally to choices that are healthiest for themselves and the environment. Website.


“The Wall of Preserves”

Within the Homegrown exhibit the Museum of Vancouver will be building an 8′ x 6′ wall to exhibit glass jars of preserves. MOV invites the people from the City of Vancouver to contribute to this wall throughout the course of the exhibit which will culminate in a beautiful multi-coloured display of the preserving work done by groups and individuals. Fresh Choice Kitchen blog.


Farmer rips page from corporate strategy handbook

But Mr. Vanderkooi’s push to expand the family business didn’t just involve a bigger herd of cows. More unusually, he assembled the pillars of a small agricultural empire, the type of integrated strategy that is generally the domain of large corporations. The result is a small business unlike most others, one with parts that add up to a stronger whole, said Colleen Collins, the associate dean and a marketing professor at Simon Fraser University’s business school. Globe and Mail story.


B.C. program schooling kids with fresh, local fare

Given the choice between a salad bar or lunch packed by mom, a surprising number of students at Mountview Elementary go for the lettuce and mustard greens. At the tiny school in Williams Lake, B.C., 160 out of 200 students line up on Tuesdays and Thursdays to munch on asparagus, broccoli or snap peas and tuck into dishes such as bison-vegetable chili. Globe and Mail story.


Graham promises to support local growers

The Liberals are promising to push an “eat local food” agenda if they win the Sept. 27 provincial election. Leader Shawn Graham told the crowd at his nominating convention in Bouctouche, N.B., on Sunday that such a program would benefit the province on a number of fronts. Consumption of local products creates jobs, promotes health and is easier on the environment because it requires less shipping, Graham said. CBCNews.ca story.


Food regulations put small vendors in a pickle

Five farmers pulled out of the Aug. 14 event after a health inspector wanted to test jams. All other vendors had to fill out a detailed form on their products. “Why do we have to fill out a form to sell what we pull out of the ground?” said Suzan Philippe, who had to wrap her lettuce in plastic bags. “I think it was a deterrent for a lot of people. I don’t think I’ll do it again next year.” The rules have festival organizer Michelle Pentz Glave fearing it may become impossible to separate the state from church bake sales and community festivals. Globe and Mail story.


A toast to contented cows

Darrel Timm doesn’t feed his cattle in the evening any more — their mooing kept him awake all night. That’s because their feed is laced with red wine — a litre a day each — which has made for some very happy cattle. B.C. farmers Timm and his sister Janice Ravndahl are pretty happy too with the enthusiastic response of chefs and specialty stores to their Sezmu Meats. Riley Bennett, chef at Mission Hill Winery’s Terrace Restaurant near Kelowna, says their $24 short ribs and $27 striploins are very popular with patrons who exclaim over the dark red colour of the meat and its taste. Toronto Star story.


Website for Young Producers Receives AVAC Funding

Farmon.com, is a website that connects young producers to the information, resources, and planning they need to sustain the family farm. Jackie Northey is one of the partners in this venture, and recently gave details about their AVAC funding on Call of the Land. Details.


One-Year Anniversary of Unique American “Know Your Farmer” Campaign

It’s the one-year anniversary of a unique program launched by the United States Department of Agriculture. Dubbed “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food,” the program is a $65-million initiative that aims to promote local and regional food systems, stimulate community economic development and ensure equitable access to affordable, fresh and local food. I’ve got to say that I really admire the American initiative because of its sheer conviction, overall coordination and “can do” attitude. Because of that, I extend a “happy one-year anniversary” to the USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program. Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario Commentary by John Clement.


A Review of Farmland Trusts

The review summarizes and analyzes information from farmland trusts across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, in conjunction with other information sources, to support development of regional and provincial farmland trusts in British Columbia. There are eight sections to this report. Sections 1 and 2 describe farmland trusts and why they are important. Section 3 discusses structure and governance while Section 4 addresses strategic planning. Farmland Trust activities are covered in Section 5 and the question of financial sustainability is addressed in Section 6. Section 7 offers overall conclusions and recommendations, followed by Section 8 providing an annotated list of information sources. Sections 1 to 7 contain a set of conclusions specific to each topic. Review (2MB PDF).


AND if You Have Time

Skateboarding Watermelon

Video intended to make your veggies famous.


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