Gates Open: Savour Durham, October 3
Durham Farm Fresh Marketing Association and the Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism Department are celebrating the harvest season with a day of fun, food and education on the farm. Back for the fifth year, Gates Open: Savour Durham will showcase Durham Region’s agricultural diversity. On Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a self-guided tour will feature six of Durham Region’s finest farms, some of which are usually closed to the public. The tour will provide an opportunity for visitors to learn about what makes the region a choice area for farm-fresh products. Some good news coming for agriculture in Durham Region from the Ontario Trillium Foundation – announcement to be made at the Found Family Farm, one of the Gates Open: Savour Durham stops, at 11 a.m. Details. Trillium grant news release.
Local Food Plans: Lessons from Other Communities, Vancouver & Surrey, , October 5 & 6
Concerns about food— its impacts on our health; its inaccessibility to many low income people; its vulnerability to climate change, soil erosion, water shortages and rising fuel prices; demand for local food; its role in creating new jobs; and the need for farmers to be able to make a decent living—have vaulted food strategies up the public policy priority list. Find out how Toronto, Portland and California are planning to transform local food production, distribution and land use. In the second half of the afternoon, help shape Metro Vancouver’s Regional Food System Strategy. Over the past two years, representatives from all levels of government, the agriculture and food industry, community organizations and the public have provided valuable input on how to make our food system more sustainable, resilient and healthy. Part of Gaining Ground Conference: Eco-Logical: The Power of Green Cities to Shape the Future.
Organic Week, October 9 to 16
The Perth-Waterloo-Wellington chapter of Canadian Organic Growers is bringing together farmers, the food community and is welcoming all citizens to join in the first-ever nationwide celebration of all things organic. The week of October 9th-16th, 2010 is officially Organic Week in Canada, an initiative led by Canadian Organic Growers and the Canada Organic Trade Association. Starting Thanksgiving weekend and extending to World Food Day, the week will be celebrated differently in each region, but the causes of celebration are common – a vibrant alternative food system, a growing number of ecologically minded consumers and growers, and the new national Organic Products Regulations and Canada Organic logo. Details. Perth-Waterloo-Wellington events.
The Leading Edge Summit – Innovating for Positive Change in Rural Ontario, Orangeville, October 19 & 20
Learn how to use innovation and innovative tools and techniques to change thinking, engage and collaborate with others, overcome roadblocks, and ultimately create change to improve your rural community. Details.
Season Extension and High Tunnel Webinar Series, November 1
Learn more about pest management in season extension production systems such as high tunnels by registering for a new webinar series sponsored by the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group, the University of Illinois Extension, and a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development grant. There will be five 1-2 hour webinars produced on November 1st, 3rd, 8th, 16th, and 18th. The first three webinars will focus on an introduction to pest management in various season extension systems, focusing on tomatoes and winter crops. The last two webinars will be geared toward soil, water, and nutrient management, plus a summary of the U.S. Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) high tunnel pilot project initiated in 2010. Details. Registration.
Annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit, Columbus, November 18
The date is set for the 11th Annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit. This year’s Summit will culminate with setting a new agenda for farmland preservation in Ohio. Panel sessions are designed to prepare the group to set new farmland preservation priorities for the next decade. Breakout sessions will include monitoring and enforcing easements, planning and zoning for agri-business development and farmland protection, nutrient trading, business and estate planning and many others. Details.
Mad Farmer Food Fest, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2
Calvin College will be hosting its third annual Mad Farmer Food Fest on October 2–a prime time of year to celebrate local harvest and learn food-related skills! At this year’s Mad Farmer Food Fest (inspired by Wendell Berry’s “Mad Farmer Liberation Front”), we’ll explore “Telling a Better Story” with our food choices, and explore the connection between food, faith, and justice. Details.
Kawartha Lakes 100 Mile Tour, Lindsay, October 2
Leaving from the Lindsay Farmers’ Market at 9:30 am we will first head out to Greenshire Echo Farms near Bobcaygeon. For lunch you will be treated to a delicious, local lunch at the Lake House Restaurant in Fenelon Falls. Afternoon farm stops will include the Stoddart Family Farm, by Little Britain, Caledon Jerseys near Woodville and Brick Church in Manilla. Tickets for the fully-guided ‘100 Mile Tour’ including lunch, farm stops and tasting are $40 per person. Funds raised from the 100 Mile Tour will go to United Way of Kawartha Lakes and Kawartha Choice FarmFresh. Tickets are available at the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development office at 180 Kent Street, 1-866-397-6673, or at the Olympia Restaurant 705-328-1444.
Parkdale Food, Earth and Culture Festival, Toronto, October 2
Come celebrate Parkdale, healthy food and the environment with Greenest City. This year, the Earth, Food and Culture Festival is featuring a harvest lunch prepared with fresh, local ingredients as well as a variety of musical performances, including Baro Dununba (African drummers), Tibetan youth cultural performance and Shadowlands Puppet Theatre and more. Other features include arts and crafts, children’s games, bike tune-ups and a bake sale. All of the activities above are either free of charge or ‘pay-what-you-can.’ Website.
Boston Local Food Festival, October 2
The Boston Local Food Festival presented by Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN), is a delicious outdoor celebration of the many benefits of local food. Located on the historic Boston waterfront, along Fort Point Channel, the festival showcases affordable and scrumptious food grown and produced in the Boston area, Massachusetts, and New England. Festival-goers can engage with farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs, learn from workshops and demonstrations, and enjoy activities and local music. Details.
Kawartha Farmfest, Kawartha Lakes, October 2 & 3
Celebrate the 8th Annual Kawartha Farmfest this year! Enjoy a weekend driving tour of countryside attractions in Kawartha Lakes! Kawartha Farmfest is a two-day self guided driving tour of farm attractions throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes. Your admission includes a map and guide to all of the Farmfest sites. Website.
Local Foods Week and Eat Local Challenge, Columbus, Ohio, October 2-8, 2010
Local Matters’ Local Foods Week is back for another round of delicious events this year! 2010 Local Foods Week is set for October 2-8 Join us as we kick off our 2nd annual celebration of locally grown food and host exciting events for everyone whether you’re just introducing your palette to the wonderful flavors of local Central Ohio food or ready to challenge your skills in a master cooking competition. Come out for the fun! During Local Foods Week we are launching the Eat Local Challenge with 9 easy ways to play and win great prizes – pledge to Eat Local now at EatLocalOhio.org!
Picnic at the Brick Works, Toronto, October 3
Join in our fourth annual celebration of the local, sustainable harvest. Each year we in the urban community gather to share in the bounty and offer appreciation to our rural neighbours who nourish us so well. This year the Picnic will provide a virtual tour of the culinary regions of Southern Ontario. Join us to taste the terroirs of our foodshed and eat your way through the province. Details.
The 12th Annual Salt Spring Island (BC) Apple Festival, October 3
A chance to visit Apple Heaven while still on earth! Salt Spring Island, BC is Apple Heaven, Growing over 350 varieties of apples organically. In 2009, the apple display at Fulford Hall featured 316 labelled apple varieties. We even grow red-fleshed apples. Last year, our Pie Ladies baked 149 apple pies identified by 15 apple varieties used. Become an Apple Connoisseur. Taste more apples than you can believe. Experience apple history back to 1860. Apple Heaven.
Niagara’s Good Food Fair, October 3
Real food from the people who make it. The Niagara Good Food Far will run consecutive Sundays until October 3, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. located on 4251 King Street in Beamsville, Ontario, showcasing the best in local produce and food products. The fair will feature fresh produce, herbs, organic (and biodynamic) vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, local honey, artisanal charcuterie and cheeses, and an opportunity to enjoy grilled fare from a BBQ chef. From a release.
FlavourFest, Norfolk County, October 5
If you love local foods, you are invited to the annual FlavourFest event in Norfolk County – one of the main attractions at the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show. The fair itself is Ontario’s largest rural fair, the oldest provincial agricultural fair and thrills 100,000+ visitors. FlavourFest showcases dozens of Norfolk County farmers, producers and growers – sampling and selling their local foods, items such as peanuts, apples, cider, cheese, sweet potatoes and more. Once again we will feature celebrity chefs from the Food Network. Happy Eating!! 1-800-699-9038. Website. Evite.
Value Chain Management Forum, Guelph, October 5
Value chain management can help you turn your competitors, suppliers and customers into partners. It is a collaborative approach in which all those who contribute to the production of a product – producers, processors, suppliers and retailers – work together to meet customer needs and maximize profitability. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs event.
Cross-country Kitchen Table Talks, October 7 to 17
We should all have a say in food policy. To make sure that the People’s Food Policy truly reflect a broad spectrum of opinions, we need citizens like you to contribute your ideas, values, time and effort. The People’s Food Policy Project (PFPP) has announced a national week of Kitchen Table Talks, October 7 to 17, inviting Canadians to dig in and discuss important public policy development. Details.
FoodShare’s Eat-In Ontario!, Friday October 8
Join FoodShare in celebrating Ontario’s Fall harvest by hosting your own Eat-In Ontario! What: A province-wide fall harvest festival teaching students of all ages the joys of cooking, growing and tasting good, healthy food. How: Here in Toronto, FoodShare will be gathering over 700 students from selected schools around the GTA on the front lawn of Queen’s Park to enjoy a plethora of curriculum-linked, hands-on activities. We encourage you to host your own event at your school to join in the festivities. When & Where: Friday, October 8th, 2010, at your school. Website. Register.
We Should All Have a Say in Our Food System, October 12 to 17
To make sure that the People’s Food Policy truly reflect a broad spectrum of opinions, we need citizens like you to contribute your ideas, values, time and effort. The People’s Food Policy Project (PFPP) announces the launch of the Cross-Country Kitchen Table Talks, October 12 to 17, inviting Canadians to dig in and discuss what could be the most important public policy development since Medicare. Invitation to get involved.
On the Bright Side: Rural Canada Works, Brandon, Manitoba, October 14-16
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation annual policy conference On the Bright Side: Rural Canada Works will be held October 14-16, 2010, hosted by the Rural Development Institute in Brandon, Manitoba. Sessions focusing on rural policy, immigration, education, food security, and other issues will address challenges affecting today’s rural communities, and highlight approaches designed to address these challenges. Early bird registration is available until August 20, 2010. Details.
Get Fresh! in Thunder Bay, October 16 deadline
Win $100 in Country Market Bucks by entering your favourite recipe using local food. Fill out the on-line submission form. Your recipe can also be dropped off or mailed to the Food Action Network c/o Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Details.
Holland Marsh Soupfest, October 16
Holland Marsh Growers’ Association in partnership with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and King Township present Holland Marsh Soupfest – Saturday October 16th, in Bradford Ontario. Facebook announcement.
Reinventing Food Distribution for Regional Food Systems, New Orleans, October 17
This session will be a presentation by Red Tomato of basic ‘lessons learned’ in twelve years of wholesale distribution and marketing of local produce, combined with small – and large – group problem solving, information sharing and brainstorming for anyone actively involved in creating distribution links for local/regional food supply. Community Food Security Annual Conference: Food Culture Justice: The Gumbo That Unites US All, New Orleans, LA. Community Food Conference.
Leading Innovation: The Art and Science of Food, Mississauga, October 19
Guelph Food Technology Centre’s upcoming one-day program Leading Innovation: The Art and Science of Food offers valuable insight on global food trends, sodium reduction strategies in food, the local, organic and sustainable food trend, labelling of foods and food safety. This one-day program offers easy access to seasoned experts and leaders in product development, culinary arts, food science and food safety. It offers a unique platform to meet the individuals that are shaping new product development and managing the culinary innovation explosion in Canada. The keynote address for this program will be delivered by Canada’s favourite chef and FoodNetwork star, Michael Smith. This special event will be held at the prestigious ThinkFOOD! facility, the new food innovation centre of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Course details.
Urban Agriculture Perspectives from Toronto: Sharing experiences across borders, New York, October 19-21
American leaders in the thriving urban agriculture (UA) movement. This session seeks to activate a cross-metropolitan conversation on the UA lessons learned and challenges faced in and around these two cities. To do so, active participants in Toronto’s UA scene are being invited to share their experience with counterparts from New York City’s UA scene. The event is part of the public programming accompanying the New School exhibition Living Concrete/Carrot City, to be held from 30 September to 15 December 2010 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, 13th Street at 5th Avenue. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University (Toronto), which organized the original Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture exhibit, and MetroAg – Alliance for Urban Agriculture, a new organization seeking to advance the UA movement across North American metropolitan areas. It is organized and moderated by Joe Nasr, former Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems at the New School. Contact.
Healthy Communities and Planning for Food – A Harvest of Ideas, Guelph, October 28 & 29
The Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s two-day symposium will examine the many urban and rural planning issues associated with food and how this relates to fostering healthy and sustainable communities. Details.
2nd European Sustainable Food Planning Conference, UK, October 29-30
Planning for sustainable food production and consumption is an increasingly important issue for policymakers, planners, designers, farmers, suppliers, activists, business and scientists alike. In the wider contexts of global climate change, a world population of 9 billion and growing, competing food production systems and diet‐related public health concerns, are there new paradigms for urban and rural planning capable of supporting sustainable and equitable food systems? University of Brighton (UK) website.
What’s On The Table, Toronto, November 3
What’s on the Table brings together Toronto’s top chefs for one night only to help raise funds for The Stop’s critical anti-hunger programs and services. The event features Niagara Peninsula wines as well as brilliant live, silent and photography auctions. The entire event takes place in the spectacular Artscape Wychwood Barns, where The Stop’s Green Barn is the anchor tenant. The Stop annual fundraiser.
Faith and the Future of the Countryside 2010, Swanwick, Derbyshire, UK, November 3 to 5
A major ecumenical conference exploring the sustainability of rural communities and their churches, and making recommendations for their future. This event will also mark 20 years from the publication of Faith in the Countryside and the completion of the Archbishop’s Commission on Rural Areas. Four conference themes of rural communities, economy, environment and rural church reflect the breadth of issues covered in the original report. Church of England website.
Farmfair International! Edmonton, November 5 – 14
For over 35 years, Farmfair has held the reigns as a top business destination for the international livestock industry. Each year, thousands of guests come together to see, show and sell top quality livestock in Edmonton, Alberta. Farmfair showcases over 1000 head of cattle, 800 horses, alpacas and stock dogs. Details.
GFTC Presents Canada’s Premiere Sustainability Event, Brampton, November 4
Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC), the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) and Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) will recognize forward-thinking companies that have shown leadership, corporate responsibility and a vision for sustainability. The banquet and gala evening will feature a keynote address by bestselling author and corporate visionary Dr. John Izzo. The “Raising the Bar” Gala Event is a critical milestone in the multi-year, multi-phased “Raising the Bar for Sustainability Performance in Ontario’s Food and Beverage Processing Industry” project. Details.
Alternative Supply Chain Development, Albany, NY, November 11
How do we scale up local foods without losing integrity and a fair price to the farmer? How do we grow a distribution infrastructure for the emerging food system? These questions and more will be addressed in this nuts and bolts workshop on how to create values-based value chains that will enable our region’s farmers to supply large-scale wholesale markets, profitably and with dignity. New England Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Annual Conference: It Takes A Region, Albany, NY. It Takes A Region Conference.
Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy Conference, Kingston, November 19
This innovative and interactive forum will provide academics (faculty and students), business community representatives and economic developers with opportunities to debate ideas, examine theory, present research findings and exchange experiences in order to emerge with a refined understanding of the rural creative economy. Monieson Centre at Queen’s University call for papers.
Food Secure Canada’s Biennial Assembly, Montreal, November 26 to 28
The Assembly will begin with a keynote panel on Friday, November 26, focusing on the ‘big picture’ around food, energy, and climate change, with a panel of speakers from the ‘global South’ and Canada. The speakers will unveil the international corporate agenda and discuss the responses from small farmers and social movements against land grabs and the degeneration of agriculture into the production of biomass for whatever industrial purpose is currently convenient. This discussion will be placed in the context of the movement for Food Sovereignty. Initial program outline. Submissions for workshop or other sessions welcome via on-line form.
Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges, Toronto, March 22 to 24, 2011
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is hosting an International Greenbelts Conference in Toronto, Canada, March 22nd – 24th, 2011. Through the sharing of diverse experience and perspectives, the Conference will spark new ideas about the possibilities that greenbelts offer, and generate new ways of tackling some of the complex challenges in near urban farming, rural vibrancy, and protecting our ecosystems and the numerous benefits they provide. Website.