Locavore News — Events

New Announcements

The Economics of Happiness, Toronto, January 24

It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as The Economics of Happiness. This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering–stress, loneliness, and depression. It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives. Details.

 

The Lost Art of Canning, Toronto, January 15 (new date)

Learn how easy it is to preserve foods in your own kitchen, and then you too can make your own pickles, sauces or other specialty items all year long. This workshop will cover the physics, chemistry and biology of high acid canning as well as recipe selection, equipment, sourcing supplies and of course, hands on canning for everyone to take home! There will be a short discussion on other types of preserving, including freezing and drying. Everdale workshop.

 

Deconstructing Dinner for Resilient Food Secure Communities, Kitchener, January 25, 2011

Canadian communities have become considerably dependent on an unreliable and unsustainable food system that appears to extract more from communities than it contributes to them. Join Jon Steinman, producer of acclaimed radio show Deconstructing Dinner, as he deconstructs a standard North American meal, only to reveal shocking insights into the state of our food system. Waterloo Region Food System event.

 

Kawartha Lakes Food Charter Presentation, February 2

The Kawartha Lakes Food Charter will be presented for final input. Featuring Lauren Baker, Toronto Food Policy Council: “So you have a Food Charter:  What Next?” The focus of the evening will be a presentation and discussion of the second draft of a Food Charter for the City of Kawartha Lakes, celebrate local food, and develop next steps. Refreshments and snacks from local food producers. 7 – 9 pm, Ops Community Centre. Contact Doug van Hemessen, Victoria Stewardship Council.

 

Eco Farm Day 2011, Cornwall, February 25-26

Eco Farm Day is eastern Ontario’s premier farm conference. Organic, transitional and conventional farmers of field crops, market gardens, and livestock rely on Eco Farm Day for the best training, information, and commerce opportunities. Over 350 people come back every year for the social event, the networking, the positive atmosphere, and the great food!  Eco Farm Day is hosted by Canadian Organic Growers – Ottawa Chapter. Details.

 

Growing Food and Justice Initiative Conference, Milwaukee, September 7-11

The fourth annual gathering of the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative will focus on the relationship between earth and communities. This initiative is aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture. The vision for this initiative is to establish a powerful network of individuals, organizations and community based entities all working toward a food secure and just world. Details.

 

Announcements Repeated

TYFPC Community Meeting, Toronto, January 10

Start off the New Year by becoming part of North America’s first Youth Food Policy Council! The TYFPC will hold its first 2011 Community Meeting on Monday January 10th, from 6:00-8:00 at Metro Hall room 308.  After experiencing the generosity and compassion of the holiday season, it’s important to consider Toronto’s most vulnerable populations – those who are hungry and food insecure. So, the theme of January’s meeting will be “Food Deserts, Hunger and Poverty”.  Our “Apple of the Month” Hannah Bontogon of the Bathurst-Finch Food Action Team will be our guest Youth presenter, and members of the TYFPC will lead us through a open discussion about the issues that are most important to Toronto’s food passionate Youth Community  Following the meeting, the TYFPC will develop a policy position paper which we will present to the Toronto Food Policy Council at the next formal meeting. 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.

 

The Lost Art of Canning, Guelph , February 5

Learn how easy it is to preserve foods in your own kitchen, and then you too can make your own pickles, sauces or other specialty items all year long. This workshop will cover the physics, chemistry and biology of high acid canning as well as recipe selection, equipment, sourcing supplies and of course, hands on canning for everyone to take home! There will be a short discussion on other types of preserving, including freezing and drying. Everdale workshop.

 

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.

 

Growing Local Conference, Winnipeg, February 24-26

With a great line-up of workshops and displays, the event is sure to be a success. Included in the program is both a Thursday pre-conference session and a special evening guest speaker: Joel Salatin (Food, Inc.). As well, you won’t want to miss the Friday evening “Culinary Tour” showcasing some of Manitoba’s best chefs and the farmers who grew the food. 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.

 

The Lost Art of Canning, Erin, March 5

Learn how easy it is to preserve foods in your own kitchen, and then you too can make your own pickles, sauces or other specialty items all year long. This workshop will cover the physics, chemistry and biology of high acid canning as well as recipe selection, equipment, sourcing supplies and of course, hands on canning for everyone to take home! There will be a short discussion on other types of preserving, including freezing and drying. Everdale workshop.

 

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.

 

FarmStart Current Events & Workshops

Food Forward Calendar of Toronto Good Food Events

 Sustain Ontario Calendar of Events

The Stop Community Food Centre Events Calendar

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