Locavore News — Canada

 

Food Now on Plate for All Federal Parties

Voters are hungry for food policy. All five federal political parties apparently think so, given that each of them has made a national food strategy part of their platforms this election. It’s a first, and food advocates across the country are pleased to see it. Tyee story.

 

Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada

This report is the result of a collaborative process in which hundreds of people devoted thousands of volunteer hours to create a food policy that genuinely reflects the perspectives of people across the country. We would like to acknowledge and thank all 3500 people who participated in People’s Food Policy discussions and events, contributing their ideas and visions for a healthy, just and ecological Canadian food system. Report.

 

Invigorated, especially by those “exotic Indian reds”

I was super excited to pick up this heirloom carrot mix from Carron Farms at the show. I was especially drawn to these because the “exotic Indian reds“–as Maclean’s magazine called them–is reminiscent of the red carrots I so fondly remember from the markets in India. The mix contained red, purple, white and yellow heirloom carrots. The reds, my favourite are crispy and sweet. The purple on the other hand have a texture similar to a beetroot, while the white ones are almost radish-like. I spiced up these carrots with Tandoori Masala and a splash of maple syrup. A Teaspoon of Turmeric post.

 

Exotic Indian Reds, all the way from Ontario

Jason Verkaik’s family has been pulling carrots from the same brown earth in Ontario’s Holland Marsh for three generations. However, these days the carrots are changing. Some of the thick, orange spears of his youth have been replaced with a red version that is wide at the top and narrows quickly into a spindly tail, not unlike a parsnip. Bred on the subcontinent, it’s called the East Indian Red and is coveted by Indian-cuisine purists who will pay more than double the price of conventional carrots for it. “It has got a crispiness similar to a radish and it is almost sweet,” said Preena Chauhan, an Oakville, Ont.-based Indian cooking school instructor and owner of Arvinda’s Indian Spice Blends, a company that makes masala mixes for retail. Demand for these carrots, as well as other “ethno-cultural” vegetables typical to Chinese and Afro-Caribbean cuisine, has been met over the last decade or so by imports. Macleans story.

 

EarthBox Kids Project

The EarthBox Kids project is using EarthBoxes to help students, their parents and teachers experience a full garden cycle, from seed to harvest. EarthBox container gardening has helped schools in Alberta outsmart the snow. Over 25 schools in the province, kindergarten up to culinary technical schools are growing vegetables as part of their programs of study, and to improve their understanding of food security and water and soil conservation. This is a third EarthBox growing season for some schools and the first one for others. This EarthBox Kids Project, organized by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is supported by Federal Growing Forward Funds. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development post.

 

We Support “Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada”

We’re joining Canada’s local sustainable food community in supporting The People’s Food Policy Project’s “Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy fo Canada”. “Resetting the Table” is Canada’s first-ever national food policy to be developed by the food movement itself – a diverse and dynamic network of food organizations and individuals working to build a food system that is good for the environment, regional economies and our farmers! In fact, over 3,500 folks across Canada provided input and community examples which support the 32 page report. While “Resetting the Table” explores the challenges ahead, it also offers policy-based solutions towards building a local sustainable food system for the future. Local Food Plus post.

 

City to unveil agriculture plan

The city will unveil its agriculture plan and strategy April 27 at the Sportsplex. Following the release of the city’s agriculture background report in March, the city’s agriculture opportunities report is ready for public release. The opportunities report combines multiple sources of information and identifies the “what” and the “where” in respect to priorities for this emerging industry. The background report and the opportunities report will be merged into the City’s Agriculture Plan, scheduled for completion in early summer. Courier-Islander (Campbell River, Vancouver Island) story.

 

People’s food policy challenges federal parties

Canada’s first citizen-driven food policy was unveiled today (April 20) and calls on the next federal government to address crucial gaps in the nation’s food system. The People’s Food Policy (PFP) is a comprehensive plan to address some of the most pressing health, hunger, climate and agricultural-related issues facing the country. “Our food system is failing us”, said Amanda Sheedy, PFP coordinator. “Close to two and a half million Canadians regularly don’t have enough to eat, thousands of family farms are disappearing, one in four Canadians is considered obese, and the environment is being pushed to the limit. The status quo is no longer an option”. Farmer.com story.

 

Growing chefs in the city

Queen Elizabeth Elementary School students are the first Royal City kids to participate in a program offered by Family Services of Greater Vancouver. The environmental, educational and multicultural program has a goal of teaching children about gardening and cooking skills with healthy, nutritious, slow food, all while applying the three Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle. This program is a community partnership with Growing Chefs and Explore A Green World. It’s run with the support of the United Way. Growing Chefs is a classroom gardening program where chef volunteers, facilitators and teachers are paired with school classrooms to give students hands-on experience growing and cooking their own food. Royal City Record story.

 

Minister rejects Kings County farmland rezoning

An application to rezone 153 acres of farmland in Kings County, N.S., to allow development has been turned down. In a release, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell announced his decision to turn down the municipality’s application to rezone the agricultural land between Greenwich and Wolfville from agricultural to residential and commercial. The release said the application was rejected because MacDonnell was not satisfied that the municipality had a pressing need to develop the protected agricultural land. CBC News story.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

Homemade meals delivered directly to students’ doors

The brainchild of George Washington University student Cristina Roman, GW Bites currently offers two different services. The first is the delivery of meals which have been handmade by a fellow GW student. Every Monday an email is sent out to GW Bites’ subscribers with details of that week’s menu. If the subscriber chooses to “opt in” on the meal, they will then see it delivered between 5 and 7 pm that Wednesday. The meal itself consists of an an entrée, a main and a dessert, costing a total of USD 11, according to a report on D.C Diners. The second service offered comes in the form of “Meals in a Jar”. Often students will look to make a one-off meal, but will be dissuaded by the cost of the ingredients — the majority of which they won’t use in their recipe. The “Meals in a Jar” service hopes to overcome this by selling just the right amount of ingredients for one meal — resulting in reduced costs. The jars retail for USD 5 for German chocolate cupcakes, to USD 10 for rainbow vegetable chilli. GW Bites claim that these meals would have cost USD 15 and USD 30 respectively if bought from a retailer before being portioned. Springwise story.

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