Locavore News — Ontario

 

Foodland Ontario: @swontariofoodie

The Foodland Ontario newsroom spent a fantastic food-filled afternoon with Southwest Ontarian Foodie in London, Ontario. Southwest Ontarian Foodie is a great resource for recipes, local food facts and vivid photographs. YouTube video. Southwest Ontarian Foodie blog.

 

Farmers Rip Kingston Hospital for Importing Food

Eastern Ontario farmers are complaining after a major Kingston, Ont., hospital decided to truck in food from the Toronto area earlier this week. Kingston General Hospital chose Compass Group Canada, a Mississauga company, as its new food supplier, despite recent protests from Kingston-area farmers who want to produce food locally for the hospital. Farms.com story.

 

Way of the locavore: Four ways to escape global food

They grow their own vegetables. They raise backyard chickens. They bypass the supermarkets to buy groceries from farmers they know. They are global food dropouts, and they don’t trust the conventional food system’s impact on the environment, their health, animal welfare and flavour. But even those dedicated to eating locally and organically admit that escaping the global food system can be tricky. Globe and Mail story.

 

Cowbell is the first restaurant in Toronto to get LEAF certification for its green ways

When it comes to providing environmentally sustainable cuisine, locavore haven Cowbell alks the walk, according to Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF). The new Alberta-based organization, which aims to help diners recognize green restaurants, spent hours extensively examining Cowbell’s energy and water use, its menu and the way it deals with waste and recycling, among other criteria, before giving Cowbell the distinction of being the first LEAF-certified restaurant in Toronto. Toronto Life story.

 

Way of the locavore: Four ways to escape global food

They grow their own vegetables. They raise backyard chickens. They bypass the supermarkets to buy groceries from farmers they know. They are global food dropouts, and they don’t trust the conventional food system’s impact on the environment, their health, animal welfare and flavour. But even those dedicated to eating locally and organically admit that escaping the global food system can be tricky. Globe and Mail story.

 

Rocky Raccoon Restaurant, Owen Sound

The menu brings the “100 Mile Diet” to life through a large network of local farmers and food producers, allowing Rocky Raccoon Café to serve some of the freshest and best foods available in Grey and Bruce Counties. Local fish, elk, bison, beef, lamb, and chicken, plus organic vegetables, cheeses, wines, and many others provide endless inspiration. The intention behind every dish served at Rocky Raccoon Café is ‘local and living’, a combined effort with local food producers to fill a desire to nourish both body and spirit. This philosophy is part of what has won Rocky Raccoon Café critical acclaim, earning them a place in Anne Hardy’s “Where to Eat in Canada” guide each year since 2003. Website.

 

‘Country Comes To The City’ Wins 4-H Award

A program called Country Comes To The City has won this year’s RBC 4-H Award of Excellence. The Frontenac 4-H Association ran the program in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston. It offered 4-H programming to members of the Boys and Girls Club so those members could experience what 4_ is all about. That includes planting a community garden. Blackburn Agri-Media story.

 

Fostering Collaboration among Stakeholders in Sustainable Landscape Planning in Southern Ontario: a Discussion Paper

The Stewardship Network of Ontario is pleased to present this Discussion Paper to the public. This paper synthesizes the existing information on the topic of sustainable landscape planning with the view to improve collaboration and social-learning among stakeholder groups in the southern Ontario context. The Stewardship Network of Ontario’s working assumption is that we can do a better job of sustaining the ecological goods and services that we derive from the land if we focus our efforts and work together toward common goals and targets. Discussion paper (1GB PDF). Executive Summary.

 

Sustainable Local Food Certificate

Registration opens on Monday, December 6thfor the Winter 2011 course offerings for the Sustainable Local Food certificate at St. Lawrence College. Details

 

ALUS Tell Me about the Birds and the Bees

Bryan Gilvesy, Dave Reid and Kristen Thompson introduce ALUS, Alternative Land Use Services. Experience what ALUS is all about and hear from a few of those involved. YouTube video.

 

Recreating Eden

A multi-award winning series about how gardens change lives. Each episode features a gardener who takes the viewer on an intimate voyage through their life and culture via their garden. The series looks at healing gardens, accessible outdoor spaces, community gardens, and deals with issues of environment, conservation and heritage. TVO  current episode. TVO past episodes.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

 Locavore (the band) on Facebook

In the shadows of the Sunshine Coast, local five-piece progressive-rock outfit LOCAVORE have been rapidly gaining momentum since their formation in mid/late 2009. Locavore’s Facebook wall.

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