Locavore News — Events


New Announcements

Continuous Productive Urban Landscape: A toolkit of actions (Ideas from the UK and Germany), May 20, Ryerson University

The Department of Architectural Science and The Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University invites you to a brown bag lunch with Katrin Bohn, who will speak on “Continuous Productive Urban Landscape: A toolkit of actions (Ideas from the UK and Germany” on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 12:30PM-2PM at Heaslip House, Ryerson University. Food for Talk at Ryerson.


Building Resilience Workshop Series, Toronto, May 24

Join Carrot Green Roof’s Zora Ignjatovic and Courtney Raponi as they lead you through a wide range of wild local, neighbourhood plants while demonstrating how they can be useful in improving food security and healthy diet. Workshop will take place at the Green Oasis Garden and surrounding ravine, 2 to 4pm. These bi-weekly sessions will teach us about identifying and using common “weeds” for our benefit, methods of preparation, medicinal uses, recipes, ethical wild harvesting practices, and much more. To register Zora artdecos@rogers.com, 416.463.9031 $20-30, sliding scale with possibility for exchange for foraging work in the future.


Foodlink Launches 10th Anniversary Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map, May 28, St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market

Foodlink invites members of the public to attend the launch of its 2011 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map which will take place at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 28, 10am-noon.  Free copies of the special anniversary issue will be available from representatives of Foodlink throughout the morning.  Be among the first to get your copy, and pick up some great local food at the same time! Details.


Rural Ontario Institute Annual General Meeting, Guelph, June 7

I am pleased to invite you to the 1st Annual General Meeting of the Rural Ontario Institute, to be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the Gencor Complex, 5653, Highway #6N, R.R. #5 Guelph, ON.  The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and following a short formal business meeting, Mr. Bob Seguin, Executive Director of the George Morris Centre will provide an update on the Centre and his thoughts looking forward, on the top trends in the agriculture, agri-food and rural sectors.  Following the meeting, lunch will be served at 11:55 a.m. I hope you are able to join us as we celebrate our first year as a new provincial organization. RSVP to Denise Mouter at dmouter@ruralontarioinstitute.ca no later than May 31st.


The Dirt: A Webinar on Community Gardening with The Stop, Toronto, June 14

Join The Stop Community Food Centre for the second in our series of webinars. The webinar will be on Tuesday June 14th from 12-1pm EST, focusing on The Stop’s Community Garden Programs. This isn’t a Community Gardening 101, though. Instead, this webinar is aimed at people and organizations that have a good sense of gardening, and want to go deeper into creating inspiring community gardening programs. Hotly debated topics will include things like allotment gardens vs communally run ones, balancing production and the use of gardens as therapeutic tools, how to create inclusive and accessible gardens, and much, much more! Details.


2011 Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake (Dundas), August 27

Music, local farmers market, fresh local organic produce, artisans, swimming, trout fishing, horticultural workshops. A celebration of music, art, local produce, local people in a local paradise. Music by Daniel Lanois, Ray Lamontagne, Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles, Emmylou Harris & Friends, Rocco DeLuca, Serena Pryne and the Mandevilles. Website.


Announcements Repeated

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.


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.


Backyard Chickens, Guelph. May 22

Curious about chickens? Think you would like to keep them in your  backyard but not ready to take the plunge? This is an introductory  course for those wanting to keep chickens on a small scale but aren’t  sure where to start. 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.


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.


Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshop, Toronto, May 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


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.


Big Night at the Green Barn, Toronto, June 1

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.


Connecting People with Plants, Toronto, June 4

Humber Arboretum and the Etobicoke Master Gardeners are rolling out the green carpet, inviting everyone to discover nature at The Arb – one of Toronto’s best-kept secrets. Connecting People with Plants is a free community event taking place on the banks of the West Humber River behind the Humber College North Campus. Get the scoop on sustainable gardening or tag along with the experts as they lead tours and nature walks. Learn how to create a pollinator garden or how to work with herbs. Catch the latest buzz on beekeeping and bring your gardening queries to the Etobicoke Master Gardener’s Advice Clinic. Exhibitors include the Toronto’s Beekeeper Co-operative, the Toronto Community Gardens Network and the North American Native Plant Society. Details or here.


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.


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.


Asset Based Community Development Workshop, Ottawa, June 17

Register for this one-day training 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. Series details.


Herbal First Aid, Guelph, June 19

Looking for a more natural way to deal with life’s bumps and scrapes? Come and find out how you can find herbal healing right outside your back door, or even your sunniest window. Kerry will be explaining the basics of herbal first aid. A take-home first aid kit will be available to buy too. Details.


Asset Based Community Development Workshop, Collingwood, June 21

Register for this one-day training 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. Series details.


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.


Wild Edibles, Guelph, July 10

There is so much food just outside your doorstep that you probably didn’t even know about. In this workshop you will learn about commonly found wild plants you can eat and the ones you should stay away from. Come and learn about the wild larder and participate in a hedgerow harvest. 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.


Ecological Farmers of Ontario Events & Courses

Everdale Events & Workshops

FarmStart Current Events & Workshops

Food Forward Calendar of Toronto Good Food Events

Foodlink Waterloo Events

Savour Muskoka Events

Sustain Ontario Calendar of Events

The Stop Community Food Centre Events Calendar


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