“Terra Madre Day” Celebrating Local Food, Toronto, December 10
As part of an international day of local food activities, Slow Food Toronto will celebrate Ontario’s farming communities with delicious sustainable nourishment, music and family friendly activities. Attendees can: sample delicious local food and drink; meet farmers, fishers, cooks and food artisans; buy ingredients and prepared foods for the holiday season; learn to make informed food choices; and connect with a community of conscious eaters. In keeping with the theme for Terra Madre 2010 in Italy, “Indigenous Cultures and Languages”, we will highlight wild and farmed foods produced by First Nation communities in Ontario. Details.
Terra Madre Day, Vancouver, December 10
Slow Food Vancouver and FarmFolkCityFolk celebrate local food and the people who produce it with Terra Madre Day, December 10, at the Italian Cultural Centre. Details.
Connecting with the Consumer – Creating an Experience, webinar, December 13
Consumers are asking questions at about their food and food systems and this presents opportunities that have not existed for an entire generation within our agricultural industries. Many consumers want to know who produced the foods they eat, and how. In other words, the food they eat has to have with it values that fit their health and lifestyle choices. This includes wanting to eat healthy foods that are grown closer to home, by families they can trust. Details.
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.
Guelph Wellington Food Round Table quarterly Meeting, Guelph, December 14
Our guest speaker will be Andrew Miller of Back to Basics Developments. He will speak on the success of his charity organic garden that grows food for food banks and pantries in Barrie, Ontario. We’ll also update you on all the Round Table’s initiaitves! Round Table meetings are free and open to the public, no registration required. Bring your friends! If you wish, bring some seasonal food to share as part of a potluck snack. We’d love to chat and connect with you, whether you’re new to the Table or not, so plan to stay after 6 pm if you can. Details.
Considerations for Marketing Beef Locally, Beef Webinar Series, starts December 14
Consumer trends. Meat inspection, beef carcass breakdown and value beef cuts. Introduction to beef quality terminology & beef pricing. What are they looking for? Producer success stories. Michigan State University Extension Beef Team webinar series (requires registration).
High tunnel workshop, Bellville, Ohio, December 14
This day-long, interactive and farmer-centered program will focus on the unique and shared aspects of spring to fall and fall to spring high tunnel vegetable production. Panelists and participants will address major questions such as “Does fall to spring production have a mostly positive impact on the farm and one’s quality of life?”, “What resources are needed to make four-season production work?” and “What changes in soils, pests, and diseases can be expected fall to spring versus spring to fall?” Just as important, participants will have opportunities to help set the goals of research and extension activities intended to minimize the challenges associated with four-season high tunnel vegetable production. All are welcome although experience with high tunnel production will be useful. This program is sponsored by the Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group, OSU IPM Program, and Allied Vegetable Industries. Details.
No Fast Food Day (Eat Real Day), December 17
Rockabilly for FoodShare December 18
This cool local band is donating ALL PROCEEDS from their show on Saturday December 18 (8pm-10pm) at Sneaky Dee’s to FoodShare. Details.
The Future of Farms and Food in Canada, Ottawa, January 13-14
This conference will provide the premier national policy outlook for the agriculture sector. A blend of presentations from invited speakers, invited agriculture policy research network members and research posters will highlight the issues and potential policy solutions facing the agricultural sector in Canada today. The research being undertaken throughout the country will be featured and the exchange of ideas between invited speakers, industry participants, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada policy analysts and researchers in the five ERCA Policy Research Networks will be facilitated. Details.
The 30th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo, January 27-30
Generation Organic. Canada’s leading grassroots organic marketing event – Jan. 27-30, Guelph University Centre. Many recognizable names will be present both as presenters and exhibitors – Everdale, Holistic Management, Mapleton, Pete’s Greens, Cathy’s Composters, The Big Carrot, Organic Meadow. Come out and have a mid-winter organic experience. Workshops are a paid program; Expo, Jan. 29-30 free to the public. Details.
Moving Beyond the Farm Gate: Developing Local Food Systems, February 8
2011 Kawartha Choice FarmFresh Local Food Summit and Networking Event. The Event will feature guest speakers that will discuss value chain and market development and give industry perspectives on reaching food buyers. Through afternoon working group discussions participants will address gaps in the local food systems. This event provides the opportunity for food buyers, chefs, caterers, distributors and retailers to meet and develop business relationships with local producers. Details.
26th Annual Convention North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association, Baltimore, March 4 to 10
North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association is a trade association dedicated to nurturing the farm direct marketing industry. Its actions are driven by those whose daily lives are dedicated to this way of life. Its members support their family farms by selling millions of dollars worth of farm-grown produce directly to consumers at farm stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, consumer-supported agriculture, agritourism venues, and other ever-growing innovations in direct producer-to-consumer agricultural marketing methods. 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.
Rural Tourism Conference 2011, BC April 19-21
Broadening our horizons: Amenities, Regional Development and Collaboration. The 2nd Annual Conference, April 19-21, 2011, Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile House, BC. The successful development of tourism in rural areas is driven by the creative use of natural and cultural amenities. These amenities make rural areas attractive places to visit, relocate or invest. Details.
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