No Guff Vegetable Gardening, Aurora, July 27
Speaker: Steven Biggs, Aurora Garden and Horticultural Society. Details.
Pastured Waterfowl, Poultry and Cattle, East Caledon, July 27
Join Ecological Farmers of Ontario at Donnyweir Farm to see small-scale commercial waterfowl breeding and production. Participants will have the chance to see numerous breeds of poultry and waterfowl, and the farm’s set-up of dozens of runs for proper flock management. We’ll cover nutrition and feeding, watering, shelter, the movement of birds on pasture, predator control, and how to set up a breeding program. Details.
Food Preservation Workshop, Hillsburgh, July 28
Instructor: Kyla Dixon-Muir of Riverdale Meadow Community Garden.Foods can be preserved in a variety of ways. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to “put food by” via dehydration, freezing, and infusion. We’ll cover equipment needs, step-by-step techniques, and tips to preserve food while maintaining their quality and garden-fresh taste. Create your own infused oils and vinegars together to take home; there will also be plenty of sampling opportunities throughout the evening. Details.
Kombucha with Courtney, Belwood, July 30,
Learn how to ferment your very own Kombucha with Courtney Dutchak, former fabulous ICO intern and current garden apprentice at Whole Circle Farm. Courtney will help navigate the wonders that are Kombucha – a fizzy drink made from tea and a Kombucha ‘mother’ or a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast ) that has been heralded for its health benefits . If time permits, Courtney will also teach about her experience making Water Kefir. Details.
“100 Mile Challenge” Summer Barbecue, Algonquin Park, Ontario, August 1
Arowhon Pines is delighted to be organizing this event in the Park, hoping it will become an annual tradition. Over the past 10 years, Chef David Cooke has worked hard to source out local produce and meat suppliers from around the region – in both Muskoka and the eastern parts of the Park. We’ve partnered with Brookland Farms, Pork of Yore in the Ottawa Valley, Sprucedale Meats, Grenville Farms, Kawartha Diary, Four Season Greens sprout growers and many more. Details.
Food & Farm Activist Retreat, Sedgwick, Maine, August 10 – 16
Due to funding shortfalls and travel restrictions the August, 2011 North America Food Sovereignty Training Camp hosted by Food for Maine’s Future, La Via Campesina North America, and the Greenhorns has been postponed until summer 2012. Food for Maine’s Future will still host a small number of people for the week for farmwork, workshops, farm tours, and really good food. Details.
Summer Crop and Livestock Tour, Southwest Ontario and Michigan State, August 17 & 18
For over 30 years the Ecological Farmers of Ontario (EFO) has coordinated farm tours and courses helping farmers learn how to apply diverse management practices on their farm that help lower both off-farm input and energy costs, and that help create healthy and resilient livestock and crops. This summer they have planned an exciting two-day crop and livestock tour, visiting farms in both Southwest Ontario and Michigan State. Tour participants will convene in Ridgetown, Ontario on Wednesday August 17th to first tour two mixed farms in the afternoon. While some participants may have to head home at the end of this first afternoon, the balance will carry on into Michigan, where they may be joined by additional farmers from both sides of the border for a second day of farm tours. Details.
The McVean Farm Harvest Table, Brampton, August 28
Join Us! Sunday, 3pm – 8pm at the McVean Incubator Farm. Chef Yasser Qahawish will once again bring together a group of talented chefs to prepare a unique and delicious 4-course family-style feast cooked over charcoal. The meal will feature the amazing diversity of fresh produce from the McVean farm and local artisans. Paired with local sustainable wines. Artisanale Cafe & Bistro post.
Savour Simcoe 2011, August 28th
Simcoe County Farm Fresh is hosting it’s 4th Annual premier culinary event. 16 farmer/chef teams, 5 craft breweries and wineries, music and more all outdoors among the beautiful trees and agricultural artifacts of the Simcoe County Museum. Details.
Direct Farm Marketing Course, St. Mary’s area, August 28
Having a great product is different from selling a great product, and both of these things are critical to operating a successful farm business. Join EFO and Ann Slater, who has been growing and selling vegetables in the St. Mary’s area for over 30 years, on her farm to review all aspects of selling directly to consumers, whether through farmers markets, CSAs, farm stands, pick-your-own operation or coop. Details.
Farming Together: The Future of CSA in the UK, Bristol, September 16
The day will provide an opportunity for community supported agriculture enterprises to come together, to experience being part of a bigger network on a local, regional and national scale. We’ll be creating opportunities to network, to share good practice and hear from interesting models. In addition we’ll be looking at the international movement in order to bring new ideas, blueprints for scaling up and a wider dimension to the UK network. And finally we want to look forward, at the potential for CSA in the future, where it can go, how it will look, and who will be involved. Details.
Together at the Table: The foundation and future of food in Toronto, October 20
Food shapes our everyday lives, neighbourhoods, and the countryside that feeds us. This year, the Toronto Food Policy Council celebrates 20 years of innovative food policy and action in Toronto. “Together at the Table” will bring together food advocates, community groups, City staff, City Councillors, concerned Torontonians and food systems experts to reflect on the past and imagine the next 20 years of food in our city-region.
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.
National Student Food Summit, Toronto, August 5 to 7
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. 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.
Field to Fork Tasting Event, 2011, Muskoka, August 14
Experience local food like you’ve never experienced it before at SAVOUR Muskoka’s 2011 Field-to-Fork Tasting Event! Sunday, August 14, 2011. Brooklands Farm, 1375 Butter and Egg Road, Milford Bay, ON P1L 1X4. Sample a variety of tantalizing locally-inspired food dishes and beverages from Muskoka’s premiere Chefs and Restaurants, while learning about the vast amount of culinary and agricultural resources that Muskoka has to offer. 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.
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.
Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival, September 24-25
Ontario’s “Best Culinary Experience 2010” the Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever on September 24-25, 2011. The two-day Festival highlights the region’s top chefs, farmers, musicians and artists. An outdoor market lines the Avon River, buskers and BBQs fill the streets – enjoy free concerts in the park, foodie activities for the kids, tastings and workshops, chefs’ demonstrations and cooking classes! There is something for everyone! 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