Regional Convention and Annual General Meeting, NFU, Guelph, March 5
The Loss of Farmland around Urban Areas – Sarah Megens, Don Murray, Dr, Harry Cummings. Details.
Agriwebinar: Small and Successful, March 7
2010-2011 FCC Partnership Series As more operations reach mega-farm status, many owners of moderate-sized farms wonder if they have a future. Consulting agrologist, journalist and Saskatchewan farmer Kevin Hursh explains how smaller farmers can be financially successful if they pay attention to key aspects of the operation. Webinar.
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice Show, Toronto, March 6 to 8
Just one of the events: Cooking with Ontario ingredients is a year round possibility. While March may make you think of maple syrup, Chef Anna Olson thinks more colourfully using fresh Ontario greenhouse produce. Join Anna as she shares some innovative savory tarts as appetizers – Tomato, Basil & Goat Cheese Tarts, Roasted Pepper & White Cheddar Tarts and Greek Salad Tarts with Red Onion & Feta – showcasing the breadth, depth and variety of Ontario foods. Details.
Local Food Strategies Webinar – Food Business Incubators, Toronto, March 9
Incubators provide space, equipment and knowledge for local food producers and processors, allowing for the development of new enterprises which can add value to local produce, keeping that produce in the local community, providing new jobs and preventing the redundant trade that characterizes the current food system. Details.
Fresh – New Thinking About What We Are Eating, London, March 10.
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across North America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision of our food and our planet’s future. FRESH address an ethos that has been sweeping the nation and is a call to action that we have been waiting for. Featured in the film are Joel Salatin – world-famous sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Michael Pollan – author of The Omnivor’s Dilemma. Details
Forest Gardening Workshop, Toronto, March 14
Could the average gardener conceive of never having to poke a shovel in the earth again? Of never having to weed, fertilize or even bury seeds in the ground again, all the while producing harvest after harvest, year after year? Could you imagine walking out into your backyard only to step into an enchanted seven story edible forest? Details.
Meet Your Maker, Fort Langley, BC, March 14
Where local food producers and local buyers find each other. The event itself is from 9:30am to 3:30pm, however, volunteers would be required to start at 8:00am and would be able to leave at approximately 4pm. This is an industry networking event for small scale producers and buyers to meet and do business. Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Rd in downtown Fort Langley. Video.
School Food Revolution: Redesigning School Food Systems One Bite at a Time, Vancouver, March 15
Join Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto and Joanne Bays, Provincial Manager Farm to School BC, Public Health Association of BC on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at the Vancouver School Board Office from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm as they discuss ways to reshape the way our children eat and think about food at school. Details.
Food Justice: Our Food, Our Bodies, Waterloo. March 18 to 20
A 3 day event hosted by the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) to look critically at our food system – present and future – with a focus on equity, justice, community and sustainability. Details.
Organic Stone Soup: A Local Organic Food Skills Fair, Guelph, March 19
Join Canadian Organic Growers Perth-Waterloo-Wellington for a family fun event all about helping yourself to local organic. There will be a storytelling and children’s activities about organic food and farming, as well as a series of food demonstrations on growing, buying, cooking, and preserving local organic food. A simple soup lunch will be served and other organic goods will be available for purchase at a mini organic farmers’ market. Details.
Haldimand County Local Food Summit: Proudly Showing Our Roots, March 22
Free Workshop presented by Harvests of Haldimand County, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 6:15 pm — 9:00 pm, Haldimand County Museum & Archives, 8 Echo Street, Cayuga. Details.
Webinar: Root Cellars, March 23
A good root cellar may be the key to helping you supply a local market, or simply increase your level of self-sufficiency throughout the winter. While farmers markets and CSAs are on the rise, many of these market opportunities are lost when growers can’t continue to supply consumers outside of the growing season. Details.
Organic Council of Ontario AGM, Guelph, March 23
All are invited to attend (members & non-members). Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm, registration begins 8:30am. Location: Loyola House, 5420 Highway 6, Guelph, ON. Registration: Free for OCO Members / $35.00 for Non-Members. Key Note Address: Dr. Ann Clark on the Threat of GE Alfalfa to Organic Integrity. Includes an Organic Lunch. Vegetarian option available. Details.
Farmer Food Buyer Networking Event, London, March 29
Join Southwest Ontario Local Food Connection as we present the 3rd annual Farmer/Food Buyer Networking Event. This event provides the opportunity for cooks and chefs, food retailers, food service, institutional food providers, food processors and food distributors to meet and develop business relationships with local farmers / producers. Details.
TASTE IT Gala, London , March 29
“A celebration of Local Food not to be missed!” Come out and enjoy this wonderful culinary event showcasing farmers and chefs to stimulate your tastebuds. Cost: $20 per person includes 5 complimentary tasting tickets. Details.
Furthering the Metcalf Food Solution Papers, Toronto, March 31
Food for Talk 2011. Since 2005, the Food for Talk (FFT) series has been serving as a venue for discussion and networking among people working on and/or interested in food issues from all sectors. This year, FFT is focusing on the Metcalf Food Solutions Papers. One of the papers, “Scaling Up Urban Agriculture in Toronto”, was presented in October 2010. The 4 remaining papers will be presented on March 31st in 2 sessions. Metcalf papers.
From Policy to Research and Back Again, Ottawa, May 5
The Rural Ontario Institute is pleased to be among the organizations working together to plan and organize this upcoming event. Please consider attending. The workshop is hosted by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and occurring in conjunction with the federal Rural Development Network meeting. In total, 25 research papers will be presented in eight (8) concurrent sessions and up to 13 posters will be displayed. Your participation this year will not only provide you a learning and networking opportunity but also contribute to further collaboration among the partnering organizations as we look to continue to improve the accessibility, relevance and impact of research on rural Canadian issues. The Workshop aims to foster networking among researchers and to provide a forum for rural research and policy discourse. Details.
Mini-conference on Sustainable Local Food Systems, March 3-5, Ottawa
On behalf of Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue housed at Carleton University (www.canada-europe-dialogue.ca) you are cordially invited to a series of free events on Sustainable Local Food Systems in Europe and the Americas to take place in Ottawa from March 3-5th. Prominent scholars from Europe and Canada will be participating in these workshops. This unique group of high profile guests will offer a great way to network and discuss relevant issues associated with local food systems. 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.
Four Season Harvest: Extending the Growing Season, March 5, Kitchener
With Greg Roberts. Cost: $10. Details on Little City Farm website.
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.
Anna Olson offers fresh ideas at Educational Sessions, March 6 & 7, Toronto
GFTC and Grow Guelph are proud to present celebrity chef and TV host Anna Olson at the 2011 CRFA Show on March 6 and 7 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Olson will focus on using fresh Ontario greenhouse produce; the many ways beer can be a great ingredient in local cooking; and how to give crème brûlée a new personality. These cooking demonstration are held on March 6 and 7. Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association Show details.
TYFPC Community Meeting, March 7, Toronto
Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC), Community Meeting on Urban Agriculture, Metro Hall 6:00-8:00, room 308! Details.
Great Big Crunch, March 10
Join students across Canada in taking one big bite towards healthy living through healthy eating. FoodShare’s Great Big Crunch invites students and teachers to learn about healthy eating and local and global food systems while following the journey from the apple seed to the harvest, to the market and to the core. Details.
Seedy Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 27, Toronto
Increasing ACCESS to seeds, gardening, food. Making our community gardens more inclusive this growing season. Details.
Ethnographic Appetites, March 12 2011, York University, Toronto
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference and Feeding the Senses: an Exhibition of Cross-disciplinary (Art)Work. In recent years, anthropological studies increasingly explore the ways in which desire, appetite, and need influence everyday social interactions. Such focus spurs the development of new approaches to ethnographic techniques, tools, and areas of study. At the same time, it inspires researchers to think critically about the ways in which these same concepts and sensations directly influence our own orientations in the field. The Social Anthropology Graduate Association (SAGA)’s second annual student conference aims to provide a forum for such questions. As a graduate student, activist, artist and/or other interested party. Details.
Starting Seedlings at Home, March 19, Kitchener
With Angie Koch of Fertile Ground CSA. Cost: $15. Details on Little City Farm website.
Planning your own Backyard Garden, March 22, Kitchener
Join Candace Wormsbecker, owner-operator of Transpire Organic Farm for a discussion of how to grow to start your own vegetable garden. Topics covered include such things as: what you can grow in this region, when to start what, where to source seeds, organic pest control methods, and space requirements of different plants. There will be room for discussion so bring your questions! 6:30-8:30pm, KPL Forest Heights Branch, 251 Fischer-Hallman Road.
Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance Social Media Workshops, March 22, Norfolk County
Social media isn’t just a trend in today’s world of business communications – it’s a way of reaching out to your customers, clients and networks in a personalized, fun and unique way. The trick is learning how to make social media truly work for your business. This spring, come join the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance at one of our five social media workshops and we’ll show you how. We’re stopping by Stratford, Collingwood (March 23), Simcoe County (March 24), Sarnia Lambton, Guelph Wellington & Elora Fergus, and Norfolk County to share the social media message. Workshop 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.
Taste of Woolwich, April 18, St Jacobs
Join hundreds of others as you sample wares from local farmers, attend cooking workshops, and hear speakers tell you how you can eat local food year-round. 5-8pm, Calvary United Church.
Eat and Drink Norfolk, April 15 & 16, Norfolk County
This 2 day event held at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds in Simcoe on Friday April 15 and Saturday April 16, offers consumers an opportunity to sample the many foods and beverages of Norfolk County. Wineries, breweries, restaurants, farm retailers and producers – there’s over 50 different exhibitors offering samples of their products. With musical entertainment and food demonstrations included in the Wine Garden, Eat and Drink Norfolk is a great social atmosphere to welcome the spring and summer season . Admission is only $8 at the door, and tasting tickets are available at the show. Details.
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.
Edible Forest/Orchard Polyculture Workshop, May 7, Chatsworth
Learn how to design and plant small or large Orchard Polycultures in this one-day workshop, taught in the Permaculture tradition and style. Instructor Brad Peterson assisted by Jeff Kitchen will discuss site design and soil preparation techniques, and participants will learn best plant spacing, pollination and pest management practices through seminars & hands-on experience. Consulting agronomist Ruth Knight will discuss soils. This event will be held rain or shine, so bring appropriate attire, as well as work gloves, boots, a shovel, and a potluck lunch to share. Drinks and snacks provided. Details.
Growing the Food Continuum, May 12, Guelph
Presented by the Waterloo-Wellington Dufferin Workforce Planning Board. Get information on the future workforce and growth challenges facing the food industry. Lunch Speaker: Roger Mooking, Host of Food Network’s Everyday Exotic & Owner of Nyood Restaurant. Details.
Food Policy from Neighbourhood to Nation, May 19-21, Portland, Oregon
The annual conference of the (American) Community Food Security Coalition promises to be the most comprehensive gathering on local and state food policy. Details.
Local Food, Imported Workers, May 24, Kitchener
Over 30,000 temporary foreign workers from countries such as Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala and Thailand come to work annually in Canadian agriculture, the majority in Ontario. Coming since 1966, they are a vital part of the industry, yet they remain largely invisible to the Canadian public who consume the food they produce. In this lecture Janet McLaughlin discusses the lives and circumstances of migrant farm workers in Canada, as well as the long-term impacts of migration for both migrant workers and Canadian communities. 6:30-8:30pm, KPL Forest Heights Branch, 251 Fischer-Hallman Road.
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.
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