Locavore News — Ontario


So You Think You(th) Can Cook?

Are you an aspiring young chef… or maybe you simply enjoy experimenting in the kitchen? If so, you have what it takes to create an original recipe for the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council’s and Journey to Your Good Health “So You Think You(th) Can Cook Competition” (SYTYCC) at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 6th and 13th from 2:00-3:30 on the Be Healthy Stage. Let’s raise the bar for nutritional literacy among Youth! The recipe application and specific details are posted at www.tyfpc.ca. All applications are due by October 22nd and 5:00 to TYouthFPC@gmail.com.


Ontario Provincial Food Network Survey

Sustain Ontario is one of four Canadian organizations collaborating with researchers from the University of Toronto on a project to better understand the role of food networks in transforming our food systems. Please consider taking 15 minutes of your time to help strengthen Sustain Ontario by helping us to collect information on food networking in the province. A survey by researches at the University of Toronto in affiliation with Sustain Ontario, is aimed at all organizations and groups in Ontario working on food related issues. Please have one representative of your group or organization fill in this survey. Proceed to survey. 


Durham District School Board students learn science through agriculture education program

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Economic Development and Tourism Department, along with the Durham District School Board hosted a daylong agriculture education program at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School on Sept. 30. The purpose of the program was to help students better understand food supply, the environmental contributions of farming and the real-life application of biotechnology by learning about agriculture in Durham Region. The agriculture education program was designed to align with curriculum requirements. Regional Municipality Of Durham news release.

Caledon Crunch & Local Lunch Challenge at Caledon Elementary Schools

Schools across Caledon will be crunching all at once on a locally grown apple with apples from Caledon orchards and counted down on Radio Caledon (Bolton 105.5 FM). Listen to the countdown live on the internet at Radio Caledon. In addition, classrooms will be participating in the Local Lunch Challenge, wherein classrooms compete for the highest average of local food items in their lunchboxes. Eat Local Caledon events listing.


OTF Grant Supports SAVOUR Muskoka Food and Farming Workshops

SAVOUR Muskoka is excited to announce the successful approval of its application to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in support of the organizations efforts in providing farm workshops to local residents, professionals and food enthusiasts. The two-year $127, 400 OTF grant will further SAVOUR Muskoka’s efforts to sustain and promote the awareness, production, and use of local food and resources in the District of Muskoka and Parry Sound. Agricultural workshops details.


Caledon’s Eat Local Month

September will mark the third annual Eat Local Month, a month-long initiative dedicated to celebrating, supporting and strengthening Caledon’s local food and farming system. Events will be taking place across Caledon to promote eating, cooking and savouring the local harvest. The Caledon Countryside Alliance, through its Eat Local Caledon program, is encouraging residents to make a special effort during the month to shop at local farms, u-picks, wineries, bakeries and farmers’ markets and choose the local option at shops and restaurants. Caledon Citizen story. Caledon Today story.


SAVOUR Muskoka Fall 2010 Newsletter

Two events (at Brookland’s Farm and Crossroad’s Restaurant) proved to be our most successful season yet with the Field to Fork Tasting Series, seeing over 300 attendees combined. As part of this year’s instalment of SAVOUR Muskoka’s Field to Fork series, each event featured a variety of sumptuous creations from locally grown products, including a sampling of both vegetarian and gluten free options. Newsletter.


Putting healthy, local, sustainable food on the municipal plate

Sustain Ontario is making healthy, local, sustainable food a municipal election priority. Across Ontario, our members have committed to speaking with candidates to ensure that farm and food issues are part of every elections platform. We have developed a Municipal Elections Toolkit that outlines priority farm and food issues, and provides some helpful hints for organizing events and meetings with elections candidates. Toolkit.


More Seats at the Table

The City will meet the 50% local purchasing target set for Children’s Services in the Local Food Procurement Policy – then extend that policy throughout the City. Leveraging municipal government’s significant purchasing power will reduce our carbon footprint, stimulate regional agriculture, and bring fresher, healthier food to more mouths. All festivals which receive city grants would be encouraged to institute their own local food procurement policies. From Patalone’s food election platform.


Urban Food Strategy: Healthy Food for Al

George Smitherman supports access to healthy, local food for all Torontonians, to promote good nutrition, poverty reduction, economic development, and environmental benefits. As mayor, George Smitherman will improve access to healthy local food by a) Making urban farming a priority. George will increase land for community gardens, markets and urban farming by 50%. These gardens promote a sense of community. b) Removing zoning restrictions that get in the way of growing and distributing local food. From Smitherman’s food election platform.



Kevin Bacon’s head is sculpted from bacon

Truth be told, the Kevin Bacon likeness doesn’t really look much like the actor. Nevertheless, the Bacon Kevin Bacon Statue, commissioned by Seattle’s J&D Foods, is the talk of the blogosphere. Picture.


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