4th Annual Stinner Summit, London, Ohio, October 8
Ben Stinner had a clear and compelling vision: agroecosystems that preserve high environmental quality, sustain health and community among farms and neighbors and do so in concert with nature. Each year the attendees of the Stinner Summit participate in selecting a project in keeping with Ben’s vision and supported by the Stinner Endowment for the upcom-ing year. Details.
Soupalicious Toronto, October 9
Soupalicious Toronto is a harvest celebration of the 2010 edible gardening season where Toronto restaurants and chefs will be creating soups featuring fresh, locally grown vegetables that showcase the multicultural flavours of Toronto. With all-you-can-slurp soup stations and a variety of exhibitors, visitors can enjoy the soups and gather information as well as inspiration from a diverse selection of food and gardening presentations and activities. Details.
SUSTENANCE: Feasting on Art & Culture Festival, Vancouver, October 8 to 16
SUSTENANCE: Feasting on Art & Culture is a festival that celebrates food and the art it inspires. By reclaiming old traditions—eating locally, producing sustainably and celebrating the artistry of food—SUSTENANCE’s second festival re-imagines the old as the distinctly modern way of the future. Presented by FarmFolk CityFolk’s “Get Local” Project and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. With much thanks to the City of Vancouver for their generous support of this festival. Details.
Food on the Table: a dialogue for Guelph, October 12
A new election issue is cooking in municipalities across Ontario, and Guelph is about to dig in. This Tuesday evening, October 12, Guelph’s electoral candidates, residents and community groups will gather from 6:00-8:30 pm at Norfolk St. United Church to discuss Guelph’s future in food. Food is a hot topic in Guelph. Over the past year, local food events have attracted hundreds of people, while four community gardens and three new seasonal farmers’ markets have opened shop. Debates around healthy food, access to food, and the city’s support of food businesses have been simmering for months. Details.
SAVOUR Muskoka Community Potluck, October 13
Come meet culinary & agricultural community stakeholders to network, review past experiences and help plan the culinary landscape for 2011. Chefs will have a chance to meet farmers & culinary artisans and vice versa. Please arrive with ideas / suggestions regarding local product, marketing and future goals of SAVOUR Muskoka. Details.
A Fresh Event, Vancouver, November 4
Join FarmFolkCityFolk and The World in a Garden for a screening of FRESH – and so much more. FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Details.
Fundraiser Organic Dinner and Jazz Night, Toronto, November 25
Organic Council of Ontario is hosting a fundraiser at the Historic Hart House in Toronto, November 25th 6pm-11pm. Dinner at 7pm. Funds will be going to support the capacity building efforts of Organic Council on behalf of Ontario’s organic sector. Unlike other agricultural associations, OCO does not have a “check off” to fund its market development, research and networking activities. OCO has created the fundraiser as a way for consumers who ultimately benefit from achieving the goal of increased organic production in Ontario to support OCO efforts. Details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.