Public Information Session under the Aggregate Resources Act, Horning‚s Mills Community Hall, April 12
Application for an Official Plan Amendment is to “redesignate the subject lands to Industrial Uses with Special Provisions to allow for the development of the lands for aggregated extraction and associated accessory uses and the continuation of agricultural uses.” The application for a Zoning By-law Amendment is to “permit aggregate extraction including accessory uses and the continuation of agricultural uses.” Application is for a 2,316-acre below the water table (about 200 feet below) limestone quarry on specialty crop land for potatos. Objections to the application are due by April 18. Details on the website of the North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Taskforce. Township of Melancthon post. Melancthon Township letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty. Highland companies website.
‘Lucky in Land’, Earlton, April 8
This is a meet-and-greet opportunity to try to match those with farmland with those who are looking to farm. If you are a landowner and are thinking about looking for someone to farm your land, or if you are a new or existing farmer looking for land to farm in northern Ontario, this is an opportunity for you to meet and discuss possible working relationships. The workshop will cover land tenure agreements between landowner and farmer, tips for working effectively together and case studies within the region. When: April 8th, 5pm-7pm. Where: North Eastern Ontario Farm Show, Earlton Ontario. Amy Hallman for details.
“Our Food System” Workshop, Earth Day, Timmins, April 22, 2011
How much do you know about your local, regional, national and global food system? Do you debate whether to buy organic produce or believe it’s a hoax? Do you have questions about what it means to eat ‘sustainable’ foods? Do you feel overwhelmed by today’s food choices and if you’re making the right ones? This workshop aims to answer all of these questions and many more. Details.
Guelph Food Technology Centre Annual General Meeting, Guelph, April 28
The meeting will be followed by keynote speaker by Travis Bell, President and Founder of Arthur’s Fresh Smoothies. Come and hear Arthur’s Fresh family story of how the company got started, the defining events and decisions that made Arthur’s Fresh the success it is today and how they managed to achieve it. Travis Bell founded Arthur’s Fresh in 1997 utilizing the original 1893 family juice recipes and their family farm’s excellent apples. Arthur’s Fresh started as a part-time endeavour for Travis. Late in 2004 Travis went full-time to guide the rapid growth of the company. Arthur’s Fresh continues, under the ownership of Heinz Canada to aggressively pursue its operating proposition of Healthy products, healthy people, and healthy planet. Details.
Growing the Food Continuum, Guelph, May 11 & 12
Presented by the Waterloo-Wellington Duffering 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.
Ontario’s Natural Edge: Sustainable Tourism and Economic Development, Brock University, St. Catharines, May 26 & 27.
Niagara Escarpment Commission’s Leading Edge 2011 Conference features 38 engaging speakers, including Ontario tourism marketing expert Bill Duron, CEO of the Royal Winter Fair and former Chair of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, Tourism Hamilton’s Executive Director David Adames, and Arlene White, Executive Director of the Binational Tourism Alliance. Conference schedule (3.9 MB PDF).
Recipe for Change, a FoodShare Event, Toronto, May 26, 2011
An unforgettable evening of fine food, wine and beer, featuring 29 top Toronto chefs. Join us for a Tasting Adventure unlike any other. This fun and fabulous night out is a stellar opportunity to mingle with chefs and local gastronomes in a casually elegant atmosphere while savouring a great meal composed of creative plates prepared by 29 of Toronto’s top culinary lights and accompanied by fine local wine and beer. Details.
Stewardship Forum 2011, Toronto, June 7
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village. What: Plenary speaker, workshops, panel discussion, poster networking session and update on Stewardship Network of Ontario activities. Details will be posted on Stewardship Network of Ontario website.
2011 Ontario Institute of Agrologists Conference & 52nd AGM, London, April 8 & 9
This year’s program will offer a broad perspective on “What Has Changed in Agrology?” and is complemented by a tour of innovative area facilities. Details.
Building your career in the good food movement, Toronto April 9
The booming food sector is providing a variety of exciting opportunities for today’s innovative job seekers and for those looking for a change of career. Already making up one of eight Toronto jobs, food work is a key component of the City’s employment and economy. The purpose of this mini-conference is to provide a series of educational and interactive sessions for those interested in getting or starting a job in the food, and related environment or health promotion sectors while making a difference in society. Find out what opportunities are hot and tasty. Learn about social entrepreneurship, different models of funding and if what might be right for you. Get advice from business owners and share & develop your own ideas or strategies for making it work. Details.
Living Green in Quinte, Belleville, April 9 & 10
Show & Expo at Loyalist College: workshops, demonstrations, family entertainment, over 50 vendors promoting green products and services. Living Green Bus Tours Highlighting off grid homes, straw bale construction, organic farms, and more. Details.
Wellington Stewardship Council AGM, April 14
You are invited to participate in the 2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Stewardship Forum of the Wellington County Stewardship Council (WCSC). The meeting will take place at 7:00 PM on Thursday April 14 at Aboyne Hall in the Wellington County Museum. Details are attached. Note that the agenda and directions to Aboyne Hall are found on page 2 of this attachment. Our AGM is an opportunity to network and share ideas with our partners so we can work together to advance good land stewardship. This year, our theme is “Farmer Meets Forest” which actually deals not only with forests and woodlots, but all natural features on the farm. Our first speaker, Terry Schwan, will talk about how well a managed woodlot can improve your bottom line and provide other values you should know about. Our second speaker, David Lamble, will increase your knowledge and awareness of birds on the farm landscape. For details contact Larry Halyk.
A Public Forum on Food and Religion, Toronto, April 15
Toronto is a hub for immigrants from all over the world, who practice a dizzying array of culinary and religious traditions. How do these food traditions intersect with the sustainable food movement and how are religious organizations responding to the ethical concerns raised by food activists? Moderated by Department of Religion Professor and RPS Founder Pamela Klassen, the RPS public forum for 2011 will bring together scholars, activists, food practitioners, and policy makers to discuss the significance of religious diversity for the burgeoning food movement. Speakers Include: Nancy Chen – Professor of Anthropology at University of California at Santa Cruz, Nigel Savage – Founder of Hazon, the largest Jewish environmental organization in North America, Yasir Syeed – Founder of Green Zabiha, a business which produces organic, halal, pastured and grass-fed meats, and Elbert van Donkersgoed – An agricultural journalist and consultant who served for over three decades as the Strategic Policy Advisor of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. Details.
Eat and Drink Norfolk, Norfolk County, April 15 & 16
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.
Digital Stories Celebration + Workshop, Toronto, April 16
In partnership with The Toronto Food Strategy, United Way and the Centre for Digital Storytelling, we are pleased to invite you to an exciting workshop focused on food stories that will be held at FoodShare on Saturday April 16th, 2011. We will be leading workshops about the digital storytelling process and would like to hear your reflections on how storytelling feeds into your current activities and hopes for future food projects. Foodshare Warehouse. Toronto Food Stories.
Taste of Woolwich, St Jacobs, April 18
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.
Food Matters: Growing Our Strengths, Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, April 18
The Food Matters – Growing Our Strengths conference is designed to bring together municipal leaders, planners, community organizations and members to discuss why food matters. We will be approaching this issue from a variety of perspectives, including economics, environmental, social and health with a special focus on the opportunities that currently exist for change. The day will be filled with informative presentations and dialogue, and will conclude with details of the launch of the creation of a Food Charter for Simcoe County. Details.
Making Good Food Work Conference and Incubation Lab, Detroit, April 19-21
Making Good Food Work is a three-day participatory conference and incubation laboratory designed to provide technical assistance, develop innovative solutions, and document best practices for distributing local and regional food, with a focus on underserved communities. Participation will be limited to 250 attendees, so register early to secure your spot. 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.
InterActions: Mobilizing Food Solutions, Toronto, May 1
The aim of the Graduate Student Food Colloquium is to provide the opportunity to share and learn about current grad student research in food-related issues; to network; and to present current work in a highly collegial environment. Though the past colloquiums have involved students mainly from York University, Ryerson University, and University of Toronto, passionate, food-focused graduate students from other universities are welcome. If you are interested in presenting, see the Call for Papers. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Details
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.
Waterloo Mayor’s Forum Series on Building Resilient Communities, May 7, June 18
Strategizing Towards Resilient Community. In the face of a future of change, opportunities, threats, stresses, and unknowns, this Waterloo-based, citizen-driven collaborative process of inquiry and dialogue asks: What community-wide strategies can we develop that can be wise, smart and powerful enough to serve our visions of community resilient around the values that are important to us? Resilient Waterloo details.
Edible Forest/Orchard Polyculture Workshop, Chatsworth, May 7
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.
Food Policy from Neighbourhood to Nation, Portland, Oregon, May 19-21
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, Kitchener, May 24
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.
Food and Environment 2011, New Forest, UK, June 21 – 23
First International Conference on Food and Environment – The Quest for a Sustainable Future. The first international conference on Food and the Environment will focus on a variety of issues affecting food production and distribution including those related to natural and anthropogenic causes. The conference will emphasise the effects of modern food production processes and how they can affect human health. Details.
12th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse, California, July 10-22
Announcing the 12th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse. This year’s course theme is: Agroecology and the Transformation of Food Systems: The California Model. The theme of the 12th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse is the transformation of food systems to the agroecological model from field to table, utilizing California food systems as a working case study of challenges and successes. Details
World Congress of Rural Sociology, Portugal, July 29 to August 4
The International Rural Sociological Association tends to attract interdisciplinary researchers from diverse fields. Website.
The Sustainability of Rural Systems: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities, Ireland, August 1 to 7
Against the background of international trends and the recent experience in Ireland, the Colloquium will address a number of key themes of current concern in rural areas under the broad heading of ‘The Sustainability of Rural Systems: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities.’ 19th Annual Colloquium of the International Geographical Union Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems National University > of Ireland Galway, Ireland. Details.
Brock’s Big Bite, Beaverton, August 14
Brock’s Big Bite is a ‘long lunch’ festival. The downtown area is closed. Long rows of tables covered with bright red and white checkered cloths stretch past the bank and the shops, replacing the cars and creating the ‘long lunch’ setting. The wonderful aromas of barbequed local beef and pork fill the air and grab your appetite. The food tent is well-stocked with harvest-fresh vegetables and you can hear the laughter as a group of volunteers husks the bounty of corn in preparation for this celebration. And the pies… what better way to end a scrumptious meal than with a fresh slice of homemade apple or cherry pie! We will be ready for the hungry crowds of family and friends to arrive and take their seats. 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.
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