Locavore News — Canada


Good Food Hero Comic Contest winners

Food Secure Canada is happy to announce the winners of the first annual Good Food Hero Comic Contest. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 were asked to submit comics dealing with healthy, sustainable and fair food and addressing issues in and solutions for the food system. We received hundreds of amazing entries from across the country and will publish the top 30 in Canada’s Good Food Hero Comic. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the entrants for contributing to a food secure Canada. Good Food Heroes Comic Book (150 MB {PDF). Food Secure Canada post.


University revolutionizes Winnipeg’s food scene

It was a review that would have shuttered most restaurants. Lukewarm, tough chicken served with soggy potatoes and vegetable mush. A server who coughed onto her own arm as she presented a meal. This grim appraisal of a culinary experience appeared in the Maclean’s University Rankings of 2009, panning the food at the University of Winnipeg. But instead of drowning its sorrows in a tray of powdered mashed potatoes, the school has set about completely overhauling its food-services divisions, firing its catering company, hiring an idealistic young chef who advocates fresh, local ingredients and managing to quickly turn a profit by serving real food. Globe and Mail story.


Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro

Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro, Ottawa’s first aboriginal cuisine, opened its doors to the public on November 15, 2003. Located in the capital’s unique Byward Market, what better place could this Bistro find to call home? Come in and experience seasonal lunch and dinner menus that follow the ancient paths of North America’s Aboriginal peoples! Sweetgrass has a warm atmosphere created by the care put into each plate that is made, to the meaningful decor, to the personal touches the owners put into each step of renovation. Website.


Get Yourself a Montreal Summer Vegetable Basket

We’re over the hump! Spring is here and that means it’s time to start dreaming about fresh produce that doesn’t come from California or Mexico. It’s also the time to sign up for summer baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables straight from local farms to be delivered to very close to your home weekly or bi-weekly all summer long. Here’s what you need to know. Midnight Poutine post.


Local food offered on local website

It’s never been easier to find North Okanagan grown organic spelt, fresh from the garden asparagus, hormone free beef or other local food. A new website has been launched to provide locations, availability and maps to find local producers and their goods. More than 80 North Okanagan food-related businesses have signed on. UBC Okanagan graduate students developed the website over the last three years with a federal grant. They ventured to find out if google maps could bring about social change and get more people involved in their local environment, according to spokesperson Jon Corbett. Global Saskatoon story.


Usufruct Is Not a Dirty Word

It’s the right to use the city’s empty lot if you don’t harm it. Fertile grounds for urban farming. City food growers can be divided into four main categories: home growers, community garden growers, institutional growers (schools, hospitals, companies, etc.) and market growers. Neat as this sounds, you can’t count on it because the lines are being blurred. Home gardeners may get a taste and then search for empty lots to expand into. Commercial gardeners are growing in people’s backyards. Some community gardeners raise funds selling honey and surplus crops. So who cares about the categories? The more city people growing city food, the better off we all are. The Tyee article.


Northern Grown: How is Thunder Bay Feeding Itself?

A local food documentary which has been in development for six months, “Northern Grown” is meant to give consumers the opportunity to meet a collection of local producers and hear their thoughts on the state of the region’s food system. In the Thunder Bay region, where agricultural land is framed by the jutting fingers of the rocky Canadian Shield and where farms were carved out of the Boreal Forest by turn-of-the-20th-Century pioneers, farming is not an obvious career choice for young people to make. Unlike the established patterns of the Canadian Prairies or the Niagara region, producing food in Northwestern Ontario requires a special kind of farmer. As part of our research The Food Security Research Network interviewed five local producers of basic foods in an effort to better understand the challenges they face. Video.


National Student Food Summit 2011

The National Student Food Summit 2011 is the first of its kind in Canada. The Summit will be held at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With the theme of the Summit being, “Food Connects Us All” students working on issues related to food, poverty, health and the environment are invited to be one of five representatives from their campus to share their expertise and perspective in the creation of a Campus Food Charter.  This document will identify a set of principles related to food that all of us can strive towards to achieve food security on our campuses and communities across Canada. Website.


New Optimism: Youth are returning to agriculture

Saskatchewan has more young farmers by percentage than any other province in Canada, according to a recent report by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The report profiles the role of farmers between the ages of 18 to 39 years with the goal of understanding the extent to which young farming enterprises are flourishing. Canadian Farm Business Management Council post.


Amenity Based Rural Development – What is it? How does it work? Is it for us?

Where most rural areas are struggling to keep their population base, others appear to be attracting new residents who are motivated by the quality of life in rural areas. Amenity-based rural development (ABRD) has been emerging as a new approach to rural revitalization both internationally and in the Canadian context. RuralBC Secretariat and the Local Government Department webinar.



Map: The United States of GOOD Beer

Earlier, I posted a map that the Houston Press had put together, showing the United States of Beer. Although some states were lucky enough to be represented by a craft brew, the inclusion of such industrial swill as Bud, Keystone Light, and Pabst Blue Ribbon brought out howls of protest in the comments thread. It turns out, much to my delight, that the GOOD community is passionate about GOOD beer! So we asked you to nominate the most awesome, best-tasting, sustainably brewed, independently owned, community-oriented craft beer brewed in your state, and then we made our own map, showing the breweries with the most nominations. Good Food post.


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