Local food movement goes national
Local food is going national in Canada. Driving the movement is Lori Stahlbrand, a journalist-turned-food-advocate who has spent the last six years and several million donor dollars animating her dream of creating an alternative food system that stars environmentally- and animal-friendly Canadian farmers. Ms. Stahlbrand’s first building block was creating Local Food Plus, a non-profit that issues its private certification to progressive farmers who conform to the tough set of sustainability and production standards written for the agency by a crack team of agricultural and environmental experts. The agency then helps link certified farmers with local buyers who would not have made the connections alone, providing critical strength to the local and regional supply chain. Globe and Mail story.
Mansonville, Quebec is the town with food on the brain
Every Saturday morning, the town square in Mansonville, an Eastern Townships village bordering Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, is a beehive of activity, as shoppers mill about tables festooned with produce to buy bunches of beets just pulled from the earth, baskets of sun-warmed tomatoes, locally harvested honey and the freshest of flowers, picked that morning and brought to market. After three years attending to their popular farmers’ market, some of these growers are now part of a co-operative. Known as Locomotive, the officially registered co-op is now able to launch small business projects, like a restaurant that will favour local produce, mainly serving the township of Potton, where Mansonville is located. Montreal Gazette story.
Local Food Plus Hires Staff In Manitoba, B.C & Quebec!
The local sustainable food movement is growing every day as more Canadians support the societal benefits of supporting our farmers committed to environmental and economic sustainability. Our work across Canada began in 2009 in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund when we certified local sustainable farmers in Atlantic Canada, The Praries and B.C. And now, beginning this summer, funded by the McConnell Foundation, we will be working with Farm Folk City Folk, Food Matters Manitoba and Equiterre to launch local sustainable programming in several provinces across Canada. Local Food Plus post.
National parks combine conservation, agriculture
National and provincial parks bordering Canada’s most populous cities are making an innovative addition to the list of activities allowed on protected land: farming. Once elbowed off the land by ecologists bent on locking up massive tracts for the restoration of waterways, woodlands and wildlife habitats, farmers are now being invited back by conservation agencies that have come to view growing food as key to their sustainability. Momentum is particularly strong among parks near urban regions with strong local-food economies. Globe and Mail story.
Local food movement agency expands nationally
Local Food Plus, a non-profit agency that certifies farmers who meet a rigid set of environmentally- and animal-friendly standards, is going national to strengthen local food economies across Canada. Local Food Plus links certified farmers with local buyers to strengthen the local and regional supply chain. Ontario was used as a pilot and LFP has become influential in the local food movement there so now the focus has turned to building the local food economies of British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. Canadian Grocer post.
Buying Local Food Products in Alberta
The Explore Local initiative is helping producers address consumers’ newfound passion for locally grown food products. While Alberta consumers can buy lamb from New Zealand, cheese from Italy and tomatoes from California, these foods are all grown or produced in Alberta. Buying from local producers is a great way to eat fresh and keep the economy ticking, says Carmen Andrew, the manager of Explore Local. Website. Interview.
Euro Trade Pact Worries ‘Buy Local’ Movement
As you enter the municipality of Metchosin west of downtown Victoria, there are signs declaring the rural community’s commitment to buying locally. “We always try to contract locally,” said Metchosin’s mayor, John Ranns. The municipality tries to promote things like local farm produce, and when it can it hires local people to do whatever work needs to be done. It’s a public statement of a value and commitment many municipal British Columbia politicians embrace. One they can use to build their local economies, but one many say is threatened by a proposed trade agreement with the European Union. The Tyee story.
Local Food Plus includes animal welfare
Driving the movement is Lori Stahlbrand, a journalist-turned- food-advocate who has spent the last six years and several million donor dollars animating her dream of creating an alternative food system that stars environmentally- and animal-friendly Canadian farmers. Ms. Stahlbrand’s first building block was creating Local Food Plus, a non-profit that issues its private certification to progressive farmers who conform to the tough set of sustainability and production standards written for the agency by a crack team of agricultural and environmental experts. The agency then helps link certified farmers with local buyers who would not have made the connections alone, providing critical strength to the local and regional supply chain. Alberta Farmed Animal Health and Welfare post.
CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures
In a delicious twist on CuiZine’s staple pairing of food and culture, guest editors Marc Charron and Renée Desjardins add a third ingredient: language. From the menus of the Château Frontenac to the lobster tales of the Maritimes, the latest installment of CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures is bursting with new research from Yvon Desloges, Diane Tye, Gwen Chapman, Sonya Sharma, and Holly Everett. Featuring a panel discussion with James Chatto, Lesley Chesterman, and Marcy Goldman and a feast of poetry, creative non-fiction, and haunting cake art, our special issue on Food, Language, and Identity will leave you hungry for more. CuiZine.
Agriculture Ministers and Farm and Industry Leaders agree, Canada needs a National Food Strategy
Canadian farm and industry leaders met with federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers today to discuss the National Food Strategy (NFS) developed by key actors along the value chain. With participants representing all commodities and provinces, as well as input suppliers, processors and farm financial and accounting services, the 12th annual Tripartite Roundtable hosted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture served as a constructive forum to gain input on a common plan for Canadian agriculture and food. Canadian Federation of Agriculture commentary.
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USDA Launches Online Food Hub Resource
The new online food hub resource, part of the Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) website, contains the USDA’s latest findings, funding opportunities, a list of operational food hubs, and a library of other relevant resources, articles and materials about food hub development. USDA is also preparing a comprehensive Resource Guide for Food Hubs to be released in the fall. It will serve as a useful online tool for anyone interested in food hub development—whether they are producers, buyers, consumers, researchers, academics, or policy makers. Food + Tech Connect post.