Locavore News — Ontario

Creating a Food Revolution: A Healthy Community Food System Plan for Sarnia-Lambton

A Healthy Community Food System Plan for Sarnia-Lambton is a report prepared by the Sarnia-Lambton Food Coalition. This report presents a community food system plan developed through community consultation to guide action for the creation of a healthy food system for Sarnia-Lambton. The “food system” includes all of the activities and relationships related to every aspect of the food cycle, including growing, harvesting, transporting, processing, distributing, marketing, selling, preparing, consuming, and disposing of food. A healthy community food system integrates all of the pieces of the food system to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of a community. Report.

 

More money a boost for area farmers

A second wave of funding from the Greenbelt Fund was announced Tuesday, at the Guelph Community Heath Centre. The money, distributed by the Greenbelt’s Broader Public Sector Investment Fund program, is to supply more Ontario- grown food to Ontario institutions such as daycares, schools, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Guelph-Wellington is working to increase awareness of its diverse local food system. This grant will expand the bounty of local foods provided to 99 public institutions spread out over six municipalities, including three high schools, five daycare centres, three health care facilities, and one university, a news release said. Guelph Tribune story.

 

Harnessing the abundance of urban orchards

They ride in on Dutch cargo bikes, carrying reusable bags, ladders and old bed sheets to catch the spill of berries they learned how, through Internet videos, to shake from drooping trees. When their bags are full and the tree branches naked, they pedal the yield off to food banks and shelters, rewarding themselves with a small take-home portion of crabapples, quince or serviceberries to use in experimental recipes. Globe and Mail story.

 

Lost art found again

The John R. Park Homestead hosted the annual Lost Arts festival and Locavore Brunch on the weekend, raising funds for the museum while educating visitors about a time long gone. Broom makers, basket weavers, rope makers and other tradespeople demonstrated their pioneer crafts, vital skills in 19th-century Ontario, during the weekend-long festival. Windsor Star story.

 

How to get the most out of the farmers market

Not surprisingly, plastic bags are taboo at markets, so to avoid the stink eye, bring your reusable shopping bags from home (if they have a smug slogan like “I Am Not A Plastic Bag,” even better). While you’re at it, throw in some Tupperware – the containers provided for fruits such as raspberries and cherry tomatoes tend to be flimsy and lidless. Also bring small-denomination bills and coins. Globe and Mail story.

 

Toronto tipples are good enough to eat

Headed to Toronto? I hope you’re hungry. And thirsty. And hungry again, because Canada’s largest city is bursting with “culinary cocktails,” drinks that bridge the bar and the kitchen. Between the burgeoning local-food movement and a plethora of fab ethnic eateries (roughly half of Toronto’s population is foreign-born), it’s no wonder all that goodness spills over into the drinks scene. Ottawa Citizen story.

 

GTA AAC Message from the Chair

A major component of all the food strategies is the procurement of local food for use in the public sector, such as in schools, hospitals, universities and government cafeterias. This practice would go a long way in helping local farmers, food processors and food service businesses to increase their profitability. Although the position of the federal government hasn’t been made clear, the procurement section of Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement states that, “all government and government entities, including schools, hospitals, universities and municipalities will be prohibited from favouring local goods and services, including local food”, which leaves me feeling frustrated. Nick Ferri, Chair, GTA AAC post.

 

Certificate in Food Security – Program and Registration Information

The Certificate Program focuses on how to meet the challenge of creating sustainable food systems based on social justice and democratic decision-making that will ensure people’s right to food. As such, the program serves anyone with a keen passion and interest in food issues, environmental sustainability, human rights, alleviation of food insecurity, food-related health and education issues, and policy development on food and food systems. Our students go on to work in civil society organizations and public sector agencies in Canada and worldwide addressing food issues and also engage in the private sector to initiate its transformation to a more equitable and sustainable system of food production, processing, and marketing. The Chang School, Ryerson University.

 

From ‘Polluter Pays’ to ‘Polluter Gets’

‘What does Environment Probe gain by this display of disunity?” demanded one farmer. His anger, voiced in a letter to the Ontario Farmer newspaper, was directed at our public rebuke of the new Ontario ALUS Alliance, a coalition pushing for a provincially funded program that would pay farmers to provide environmentally friendly “alternative land use services.” His organization, a local of the National Farmers Union of Ontario, fears that a debate over the program’s merits could jeopardize its public funding. Elizabeth Brubaker opinion in the National Post, posted on ALUS News.

 

Response to Better Farming

Kudos to Better Farming for devoting so much editorial effort to the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program (March, 2011). As reporter Mary Baxter notes, it is indeed a “tangled world” of government positioning, problem solving, negotiations and plain old hard work. This is a natural state for all truly innovative ideas. It’s the evolution of change. The farmers and community leaders in Norfolk Country are on the cutting edge of something big…something that promises to revolutionize conservation in this country. Nigel Simms, Delta Waterfowl Foundation opinion posted on ALUS News.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

 

How close to train tracks can you put a vegetable market?

Closer than you think! Wimp.com video.

 

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