Popularity of farmers’ markets growing
The Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne Park opens Sunday for the season. From May 1 to Oct. 30, the market will cater to those who are looking for farm-fresh products. The wet spring has meant that some types of produce are a bit behind but dozens of bakers, meat vendors and others are ready to set up shop. Despite the weather Andy Terauds of Acorn Creek Garden Farm is looking forward to the season. CBC News story.
Forum focuses on local food availability
You can’t get away from the fact that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you. But local food advocates suggest eating healthier may also lighten your wallet, as conventional food prices rise around the world. Shopping at local, independent grocery stores, as well as eating more fruits and vegetables, are actions any resident can take toward establishing a healthy food system, members of a Waterloo Region food system round table say. Kitchener-Waterloo Record story.
Food co-op eyes growth
Kingston residents interested in joining a new, centrally located local food co-op met last night to discuss purchasing a venue. Local agriculture advocate Andrew McCann initiated the project in August with the launch of the Village Co-op. Operating out of rented space in the Portsmouth Hardware Store on King St. West, McCann tested the viability of the market, offering local, organic whole grain bread and baked goods. Kingston Whig Standard story.
Hardly a good time to pave over prime farmland
Anyone who has watched the news or read the newspapers recently is aware of the concerns of rapidly rising food prices. Yet, our government continues to propose putting pavement over our farmland. The City of Stratford alone has gobbled up 1,490 acres of farmland in the last 14 years. Stratford Beacon Herald story.
Ontario egg farmers take names for new-entrant plan
Egg Farmers of Ontario will accept applications from would-be egg producers until the end of May to borrow quota from a new province wide pool. The group launched its New Entrant Quota Loan Pool program at its recent annual meeting in Toronto, with chair Carolynne Griffith describing the plan as “a great way to ensure constant renewal of our industry.” Canadian Farm Business Management Council post.
More Ontario Food Reaches Plates of Daycare and Schools
Exciting changes are taking place in Ontario’s daycare kitchens and school cafeterias. More Ontario food will be served to children and students in these broader public sector institutions, thanks to funding from the Ontario Government. This will help farmers, food service providers and local food leaders increase the use of local food and change food procurement practices. The outcomes will encourage systemic changes that can be replicated across municipalities and institutions in the province. Ontario culinary tourism Alliance story.
Stop stalling on local food procurement, Hampton tells McGuinty
NDP Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Critic Howard Hampton is urging the McGuinty Liberals to provide a local market for struggling farmers by requiring government agencies to purchase local food. “Announcing grants to encourage voluntary local food purchasing is not enough to help farmers who are struggling to compete with cheap food imports,” said Hampton. “The government also needs to put in place win-win local procurement policies that will spark demand for local farm products, reduce pollution from food transport, and encourage healthier eating and reduced health costs.” Soo today (Sault Ste. Marie) story.
Future of farming topic of rural economy forum
Ontario’s rural lifestyle and the future of food drew over 150 farmers, planners and economic developers from across the province to a recent rural economies forum. The farmland preservation forum called Renewing Rural Economies was hosted by the Ontario Farmland Trust at the Arboretum Center at the University of Guelph. It brought together planning professionals, economic developers and farmers to discuss new development opportunities in agriculture. “I think we need to continue this dialogue at home and allow more input from rural people on how we are going to plan our future,” said Sean McGivern, owner of Saugeen Specialty Grains and Grassroots Organics in Desboro. McGivern attended representing the National Farmers Union. He suggested issues like the approach of peak oil, the lack of skilled labour in the agricultural sector and keeping youth on the farm are important topics for communities to discuss. “What type of economy do we want to have? We haven’t really visioned what we want in the future.” Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin story.
Man living only on Canadian products for 2011
Think you’re a Canadian patriot through and through, eh? You probably have nothing on Darren Barefoot. Barefoot, a Vancouver web marketer, has embarked on a year-long quest to use — and consume — only Canadian-made products. Forget sushi, Apple stock and Hollywood films. Hello poutine, Research in Motion shares and Paul Gross. For all of 2011, the 36-year-old will be living as Canadian as possible and documenting the experience on hiswebsite. CTV story.
Make or break: Five books to help you live more sustainably
The new year always starts off with the best of intentions. The problem is, those resolutions sometimes aren’t as easy to keep as they are to make. All this month, CBC Books is here to help with Make or Break, our series to help you live up to those good intentions. This week, we take a look at living a more sustainable life. And even though it might seem a little counter-intuitive to buy a book to get yourself on a more environmentally conscious track, it’s often the best place to start. Here are some great books to get you inspired to change your life. CBC Books choices.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME
Luminary labs put together an excellent round-up of 59 food and health related infographics. Food+Health Infographics.
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