The Real Dirt on Farmer John, Everdale, Hillsburgh, May 10
The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumours, and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America. This powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming around the world. Details.
Halton Food Council – Spring Forum – Setting Our Priorities, Burlington, May 12
Learn more about our community food and farm issues and what we found in our community food assessment. Guests speakers – Karen Burson – Hamilton Eat Local and Dr. Samina Raja, University of Buffalo Urban and Regional Planner involved with food security planning and community health. Includes coffee, tea, snacks and lunch. Details.
Young Urban Farmers CSA Screening of King Corn, Toronto, May 12
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm. Details.
Halton Fresh Food Box – Future Planning. Oakville, May 19
All welcome including volunteers, farmers, supporters, box distributors and box recipients. Beverages and snacks will be served. Details.
Urban agriculture for resilient cities, Almere, the Netherlands, May 19 & 20
The main focus of the conference will be on sharing research results, planning and implementation experiences that show light on the potentials and limitations of urban and peri-urban agriculture in answering key urban challenges and building city resilience and vitality (reducing urban poverty, enhancing urban food security, reducing the urban ecological foot print and disaster prevention, sustainable urban water and wastes management, amongst others). The conference will bring together policy makers, researchers and practitioners sharing practical experiences with multi-stakeholder policy formulation and strategic planning on urban agriculture and food security, developing short producer-to-consumer value chains, safe productive reuse of urban wastes and wastewater, the use of urban agriculture in city climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and the integration of agriculture in the design of residential areas. Details.
Food Policy from Neighborhood to Nation, Portland , Oregon, May 19-21
Food Policy from Neighborhood to Nation will be the most comprehensive national conference on local and state food policy in the US! Building on CFSC’s 2009 Food Policy Council national gathering, this conference will bring together people from across North America who are working to influence local and state food, agriculture, or nutrition policy. Food Policy from Neighborhood to Nation includes exciting field trips, educational and skill-building workshops, a reception featuring local food and beverages, as well as ample opportunities to network with food policy professionals and advocates. Details
Permaculture Workshop, Everdale, Hillsburgh, May 28
This course will introduce you to the concept and theory of permaculture, and provide you with the practical tools to start applying it in your garden, your life and your community. Permaculture is inspired by deep observation of natural systems. It does not seek to recreate them, but to learn from them and apply ecological principles to the design of human systems. Activities and exercises throughout the day will teach you to think and approach problems like a permaculturist. Details.
Big Night at the Green Barn,Toronto, June 1, 2011
A special dinner hosted by The Food Network’s David Rocco, featuring Nonna-inspired dishes by Chris Brown (The Stop), Ted Corrado (C5), Lorenzo Loseto (George) and Guido Saldini (Noce). Join us for this celebration of backyard gardens past, present and future. Details.
The Creative Rural Economy – From Theory to Practice, Prince Edward County, June 14 -16
This is a unique event! A multi-location conference, it offers participants an opportunity to experience the sessions both in the midst of a university and academic setting as well as in the heart of creative rural Ontario – Prince Edward County. The conference includes a full day session in Kingston as well as sessions based in two locations in Prince Edward County – Picton and Wellington. Details.
Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshop, Toronto, May 7 & 28
Permaculture gardening is the conscious design of garden ecosystems that mimic the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. We ask and observe, what would nature do? This hands-on workshop introduces permaculture theory and ways to apply it in your home or community garden. Topics: organic gardening basics; permaculture design and practices; working with water; plant guilds (plants that grow well together, help soil tilth and support the larger ecosystem); dynamic accumulators (plants that accumulate nutrients & feed the soil); plants and plant selection; starting new gardens and soil building; cover crops & mulches; composting; humans and other animals; working less for more; diversity gardening. 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.
We’re talking farmland preservation at the next TYFPC Community Meeting, Toronto, May 9
Join the TYFPC Community on Monday May 9th (date changed from May 2nd due to elections) from 600-800 at Metro Hall, room 308 for a lively discussion on farmland preservation. We’ll be hearing from Youth experts about agricultural zoning policies, the Markham Food Belt and creating careers in sustainable agriculture. And, as always, we’ll do a little bit of brainstorming to develop our Youth position on farmland preservation, which we will present to the TFPC on June 8th. 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
Making Local Food Work Conference, Sheffield, UK, May 12
The day will see a wide range of workshops and debate sessions, giving participants the chance to engage with the debate on the future of the community food sector and the ways for it continue to be enterprising and sustainable. Key note speakers include Dr Charlie Clutterbuck, a Research Fellow of Dept. of Food Policy at City University London and one of the world’s leading authorities on the environment, and Julie Brown, Director and founding member of Growing Communities ,a social enterprise run by local people in Hackney building a sustainable local food system for urban populations in the face of climate change. Details.
Pastured Poultry Course, Lucknow, May 15
In 1996, Joel Salatin wrote “Pastured Poultry Profits” and opened up the discussion on raising larger numbers of birds outside in a manner that would give the birds protection from the elements and predation while having the benefits of sun, bugs and grass. This workshop will look at all aspects of raising poultry on pasture in a Joel Salatin manner in Ontario. Topics covered will include breed selection, brooding, feeding, pasture housing, shipping, and slaughtering to quota and organic certification issues. Details.
Soils, Fertility and Fruit Trees, Toronto, May 15
Thinking of planting a fruit tree in your yard but not sure if the soil is good enough? Or do you have a fruit tree that’s struggling and you wonder how to nurture it properly by improving the soil? This workshop is for you. Instructor: Norm Herbert, educator and former orchard manager of ED Smith Farms Location: Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard, at Eglinton and Everden Road. Opposite Eglinton West subway station. Details.
Farming in the Park, Toronto, May 17
How to Make Sustainable Agriculture Work on Conservation Lands. Access to land is one of the most critical challenges facing new and beginning farmers today. At the same time, there are organizations, institutions, and private/corporate farmland owners who are working to achieve landscape conservation that is productive, appropriate, and that makes the most of our finite supply of productive farmland. Farming in the Par is a day to explore how farmers and farmland owners can turn their challenges into opportunities by working together. We will learn from two leaders how a successful initiative between the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Countryside Conservancy in Ohio has brought a vibrant diversified farming culture back to the park. Optional tour of the McVean Incubator Farm Monday, May 16, 2-4 pm. 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.
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.
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).
Wellington Spring Rural Romp, May 28
Enjoy the first tastes of Spring and get ready for growing! The theme for the Spring Rural Romp is gardening (plants and seedlings), asparagus and baby farm animals. Over a dozen County of Wellington farms and markets will open their doors to the public for this self guided tour. Experience a day in the countryside, meet local farmers, and enjoy real taste, agricultural education, guided tours and children’s activities. Details.
Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) Sixth AGM, Fredericton, May 28 – 30.
Registration now open for the Sixth Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association for Food Studies in New Brunswick, May 28-30. Details.
The CAFS 100 Mile Banquet, Fredericton, May 29
The menu will consist of Cream of New Brunswick Fiddlehead Soup, Grilled Local Chicken Breast with a Wild Blueberry Zesty Relish, Basil Tossed Potatoes & Roasted Turnip with a Parley-Mustard Vinaigrette or Homemade Cheese Cannelloni with a White Wine Sauce and Maple Syrup Crème Brulee for desert. There will be a cash bar. Details.
The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, Picton, June 4-5
The Great Canadian Cheese Festival will make its debut June 4-5 at historic Crystal Palace in Picton, in the heart of Prince Edward County, the newest wine region and fastest-growing culinary destination in Ontario. For the first time in Canada, the Cheese Festival will bring together outstanding cheesemakers from coast-to-coast so cheese enthusiasts and culinary adventurers can meet to learn, taste and buy the best in artisan, farmstead and specialty cheese—and sample fine wine, craft beer and artisanal foods. 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.
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
Asset Based Community Development Workshops, Beginning in Picton, June 16
Save the date for the one-day training near you, with the inspiring and enthusiastic Peter Kenyon. Learn how the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach can be used in your community development work. Anyone involved in processes to engage people in the betterment of their community will benefit from a deeper understanding of the philosophy and practice of ABCD. Details.
Permaculture Design Course, Caledon, July 17-30
This intensive 13 day course offers practical training in permaculture design principles and techniques to create sustainable environments that provide self-reliance in food, shelter, energy, fulfilling employment and supportive community. Whole Village Farm/Ecovillage 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.
5th Annual Stinner Summit for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities, Toledo, October 7
The 2011 Stinner Summit will be held at the Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Toledo, Ohio. Details and Registration Information will be available August 2011
It Takes A Region – 2011: A Conference To Build Our Northeast Food System, Albany, November 11-12
This year, NESAWG and partners will draw on the success of our 2009 & 2010 “It Takes a Region” conferences. Once again, we’ll look at exciting efforts underway in our region. We’ll hear and build from the work groups — including distribution logistics, research, messaging, access & nutrition, and policy advocacy (how do we influence the 2012 Farm Bill?). We will welcome new participants — especially emerging food system leaders and community activists. We’ll be addressing pressing issues such as food system worker equity and growing biomass versus food. We’ll continue to explore scale, size, geography and cross-sector partnerships. Watch for new features and networking opportunities. Details.
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