Locavore News — Events


SAVOUR Muskoka to Highlight Local Food at the creativeSHIFT Conference, October 29

SAVOUR Muskoka is thrilled to announce their involvement in the upcoming creativeSHIFT conference, to be held Friday, October 29th at the Bracebridge Sportsplex.   Participating in both the afternoon career-fair portion of the conference and the reception, SAVOUR Muskoka will raise awareness of the impact that the culinary and agriculture industry makes on the creative economy here in Muskoka / Parry Sound. Details


TYFPC Community Meeting, Toronto, November 1

Join Toronto’s food passionate Youth community on November 1st at Metro Hall from 600-800 pm in Room 308 for the TYFPC’s second Community Meeting of the Year! We’ll be having presentations about nutritional literacy and school lunch programs with guest presenter Emily Van Halem, and Service Learning students from the University of Toronto. From there, you’ll set the meeting agenda for topics for further discussion. This will build the momentum for the upcoming TYFPC’s So You Think You(th) Can Cook competition coming up at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on November 6th and 13thF. Details.


Canada’s (non) Food Policy with Dr. Rod MacRae, Toronto, November 1

Dr. Rod MacRae will be talking about starving urban centres, food security, and policies that will help Canada’s transition to healthy and sustainable food and agriculture systems. Dr. MacRae is a co-author of the recently released Scaling up Urban Agriculture in Toronto: Building the Infrastructure, part of the Food Solution Reports produced by the Metcalf Foundation. Location: Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Café, 2 Gilead Lane. Details.


The Timmins Food Culture & Food Policy Table Talk: “Values, Barriers and Alternatives,”November 3

A local discussion with the power to effect national policy. The Cross-Country Table Talks are an opportunity for members of a community to voice their opinions about what is wrong with the current food system and how we can fix it. The information collected from these talks will be passed along to the People’s Food Policy Project organization. Details.


A Fresh Event, Vancouver, November 4

FFCF and The World in a Garden are teaming up to present an autumn fundraiser: A Fresh Event, Thursday November 4th (7pm) at the Ridge Theatre in Vancouver. FRESH the movie celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people who are re-inventing our food system. FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy. Details.


Home Grown Talk & Tour, Vancouver, November 4

Talk and tour of the exhibit, Home Grown: Local Sustainable Food. Presented by FarmFolkCityFolk. November’s Speaker is Chris Hergesheimer on growing local grain and the first grain Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) in the lower mainland. Chris Hergesheimer holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Simon Fraser University. He is the founding member of the Local-Grain-Initiative. Hergesheimer’s goal is to position himself at the centre of a community dedicated to local sustainable food production in just the way the community miller was central to communities before the mega-marts and the 10,000-kilometre supply chain. Chris organizes FFCF’S Grain Chain Coordinator whilst he runs his own business, The Flour Peddler. Details.


Sustain-a-licious! Markham’s 2nd Annual Sustainability Fair, Markham, November 6

A free fun-filled celebration of food for the entire family. Cooking demonstrations by Chef Johnathan Collins of the Chef Alliance (who has cooked for Prime Minister Harper, President Obama, and the Royal Family), food samples from local restaurants and farmers, make chocolate using a bicycle, kid’s shows on worm composting, birds of prey, and more, workshops, seminars and interactive booths, and have your say on the draft of Markham’s Greenprint Sustainability Plan. Details.


“So You Think You(th) Can Cook? Toronto, November 6 & 13

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 (TYFPC) and Journey to Your Good Health “So You Think You(th) Can Cook Competition” at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from 2:00-3:30 on the Be Healthy Stage! This competition is a call for nutritional literacy among youth! Details.


Food and Stewardship, Alliston, November 17

Dr. Wayne Roberts (Toronto Food Policy Council) will moderate this session in which we’ll discuss the influence of our food production and food consumption practices on the diversity of the rural landscape. Farming the Park presented by Elbert van Donkersgoed (Terra Coeur). Making Space for Agriculture: A New Way of Doing Business presented by Gary Wilkins (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority). Farm to Fork: Restoring Local Food Systems through Urban Agriculture presented by Jason Tran (University of Guelph). 2010 A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium (2.5 MB PDF).


The Future of Farms and Food in Canada, Ottawa, January 13-14

The Future of Farms and Food in Canada, a national policy conference is being organized by the five national agricultural research networks, with financial support from AAFC and facilitated by the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. The conference is scheduled for January 13-14, 2011 in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier hotel and is designed for anyone with an interest in the future of the farm and food industries in Canada. Details.


Announcements Repeated

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.


Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit, Toronto, November 1

The true taste of a place is rooted in its terroir. It starts with agriculture and the people who grow our food. It moves to the artisans that craft the food into tastes such as wine, cheese and beer. It travels to the plate through the craft of cook and chef. We celebrate it at our tables and in our communities through festivals and events. We showcase all of these tastes to the world through culinary tourism experiences. 2010 is an exciting year for the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance and the culinary tourism industry. Momentum in the investment of developing culinary tourism experiences across the province is remarkable. In 2005, we started working with five destinations across the
 province. We now support nineteen! 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Southwest Diabetes Development Conference, London, November 27

Since the discovery of insulin in 1922, there have been huge strides in understanding diabetes. Annually, the Canadian Diabetes Association funds millions of dollars of research on prevention, treatment and management of the disease. At the South West Diabetes Development Conference, the Association will update you on the latest in diabetes research and Ontario government commitments. Elbert van Donkersgoed to speak on: ““A Few Good Ideas on how to make the Food System more Health Friendly.” Details.

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.


Sustain Ontario Calendar of Events

FarmStart Current Events & Workshops

The Stop Community Food Centre Events Calendar



7  Tips and Tricks for a High-Tech Halloween

There’s no shame in doing the old fashioned thing for Halloween. Ghost costumes cut from white sheets, jack-o-lanterns carved from farm-fresh pumpkins and bobbing for apples will likely never go out of style. But if you want to throw a high-tech twist into the hijinks-filled holiday, a ghoulish gamut of iPad and iPhone applications, websites and gadgets are ready to help you and your family scare up some fun. ABC News story.


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