Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshop, Toronto, September 17
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. Details.
farmalicious Guelph, September 16 to 23
farmalicious features restaurants that bring locally grown food to the table. Guests can enjoy knowing that their meal was prepared with locally grown products – and how real it tastes! Make farmalicious your guide to taste•real local food this harvest season! This week farmalicious moves to Delhi Street and the University of Guelph. Details.
City to Country mobile conference, Toronto, September 22
City to Country is a day-long mobile conference that will bring together people who are transforming food systems, and their supporters. The day will begin with bus tours and end with a celebratory feast and sharing session. City to Country will explore good food solutions, challenges, and opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area. This event is presented in partnership by Sustain Ontario, the Toronto Food Policy Council, the Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee, Foodshare Toronto, the Foodshed Project and World Crop Research Project and has been generously funded by the Metcalf Foundation’s 50th anniversary grants. This is an invitation only event. You need to apply to participate. Participation application.
Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit: Local Food Systems, September 22 & 23
Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is a 10-year initiative that engages people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well being for all. The focus for the 2011 summit is two-fold – the current year’s celebration topic; The Year of Energy Efficiency and the celebration for 2012, Local Food. Details.
Purple Onion Festival, Peterborough, September 24
Transition Town Peterborough is sponsoring the first annual Purple Onion Festival in Peterborough at Millennium Park, Sept. 24th from 10 am. to 5 pm. This is a celebration of local food and culture with an I Love Local Food economic incentive card that entitles the bearer to a local food meal the day of the festival and discounts until the end of October with vendors and dine-around partners. Details.
Fall Rural Romp and Urban Garden Tour, Wellington coubnty, September 24 & 25
The Wellington Rural Romp and Urban Garden Tour is your chance to get up close to your food. Experience a day in the countryside, meet local farmers, eat, learn about food and experience agriculture’s bounty. At each location, you will find farmers and business owners who are passionate about bringing healthy food to you. 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. Each year the attendees of the Stinner Summit participate in selecting a project for the coming year that is in keeping with Ben’s vision and supported by the Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities. Details.
Culture, Place & Identity at the Heart of Regional Development, Newfoumdland, October 13 to 15
This is a three-day international conference of the North Atlantic Forum, the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, the Small Islands Cultures Research Initiative and Memorial University of Newfoundland. This conference will explore how the strong cultural identity of remote rural communities, islands and coastal regions can be used to develop sustainable economic activity. Brochure (3.0 MB PDF).
Food Justice: Honoring Our Roots, Growing the Movement, California, November 4 to 8
Over the past 15 years, Community Food Security Coalition has worked to catalyze a broad and far-reaching food systems movement. Each year, CFSC brings people together to learn from each other and to shape the future of our movement. CFSC held its first conference with 170 attendees in Los Angeles in 1997 and this year we return to California. CFSC and the movement have grown exponentially, and so has the annual conference! We expect 1,200 participants. Details.
Savour the Season, Durham Region, September 9 to 18
From September 9 to 18, featured restaurants throughout Durham Region will be creating exclusive prix fixe menus and serving up mouth watering dishes. Many of the restaurants will be partnering with local producers to use fresh-from-the-garden ingredients. 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.
Rural Food Conference, Clinton, September 17
REACH Huron is holding a Rural Food Conference, trade show and all day events on September 17th. The conference will feature a wide range of workshops related to agriculture, food, health and education. The trade show will feature local food, fun demonstrations and activities for youth and adults. Details.
Taste the Landscape, Alton, September 17
A local food workshop for rural landowners from 9-3 pm at the Millcroft Inn in Alton, Ontario. This workshop will feature presentations from local practitioners and experts. Morning activities include a guided hike to learn about delicious wild plants and a seminar on innovative approaches to small fruit gardening. In the afternoon speakers will focus on starting a successful small farm business, with insights on training programs for new farmers and managing your farm’s environmental impact. Participants can register for the full ($25) or half-day ($20), and a local food lunch is included in the cost of the workshop. Details.
Harvest Festival at farm focuses on local food and fun, Cowichan, September 18
“Share the Harvest: A family celebration of local food and fun,” part of the 7th Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival, is a family friendly event that will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 11 am to 5 pm, at Providence Farm. Canada.com story.
Taste Local! Taste Fresh! St. Jacobs, September 18
Imagine spending a relaxing afternoon tasting a tantalizing array of appetizers prepared by teams of the area’s finest chefs and farmers. Foodlink Waterloo Region’s eighth annual local food showcase returns to Riverside Meadows Park in St. Jacobs. Guests will be able to meet and chat with chefs about the art of cooking and farmers about the local food they grow. The event offers an opportunity to learn more about local foods while building relationships amongst farmers, restaurants and consumers. A limited number of passports will be available. Details.
Second Annual Harvest Festival, Toronto, September 22
Orchard tours, free fruit and snacks, fun children’s activities, and the chance to win great prizes its all part of the second annual Harvest Festival in Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard. This fun-filled outdoor event takes place on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the park on Eglinton Ave. W., across from Eglinton West subway station. Website.
A Taste of Norfolk, September 24 to October 3
Favourite restaurants serve up local Norfolk County Food! Various locations across Norfolk County. Local chefs at some of your favourite restaurants serve up local Norfolk County foods for this special 10 day culinary event. Participating restaurants are located throughout Norfolk County and will be offering a select menu to choose from. Details.
Permaculture Design Workshop Series High Park Children’s Garden, September 24
Through this series the group will practice permaculture techniques for (re)designing a site. We will apply permaculture principles, explore design elements, interview a client, and analyze the site using a wide variety of techniques. We will present our recommended site design and implementation plan to the client and make a final revision. Includes group work and some homework. Learn skills you can apply to your own site or in a community, public or rented context. 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.
The Living City Farm Feast 2011, Vaughan, September 25
Enjoy delicious cuisine prepared on-site perfectly complemented by local wine makers and breweries. Get to know the farmers working the land and discover the different farming methods as they nurture seeds into bountiful tables of harvest, take a nature hike long the trails and learn about the innovative technologies demonstrated on site. Details.
Carrot Fest, Hillsburgh, September 25
Come on out to the farm for Everdale’s 5th annual fall harvest celebration. Enjoy live music from The Funky Mamas, a local marketplace of food and artisans, and harvest games. Visitors can also tour the farm and Home Alive, Everdale’s straw bale house. Back this year is the Culinary Carrot Contest; show off your skills by entering a favourite carrot dish. Or you can check out a workshop, place a bid on a silent auction item, and visit the farm animals with your family. Details.
A Slow Taste of Town & Country, London, September 25
Slow Food London is teaming up with the National Farmers Union – Middlesex County to celebrate the incredible fall bounty of Middlesex County (and beyond) at “A Slow Taste of Town & Country”. The annual event showcases local farmers, artisans, and chefs who best exhibit the Slow Food ideology of good, clean, and fair. This tasting event will also feature some of Ontario’s best VQA wines and craft brews as well. Details.
Local Food, the $2.4 Billion Prospect, Kitchener, September 27
From biting into a delicious strawberry to starting a new business, buying local food is a deliciously healthy habit that has the ability to revitalize rural communities and create a new prosperity in Ontario. Join Lynn Ogryzlo, Author of The Ontario Table, in supporting local food by signing The Ontario Tablecloth in support of local food.Details.
The Local Food Evolution, Caledon, September 29
Join Credit Valley Conservation, Green T and keynote speaker, Wayne Roberts for an evening of engaging discussion on how communities and municipalities can take the “next step” towards a sustainable food community. A panel of local food experts representing the community, farmers, science and local government will discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable food production in Caledon and surrounding areas. 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the SGI Centre for Culture and Education, Caledon. Details.
Back To School Webinar on Educational Food Programs for Youth, September 29.
The Stop Community Food Centre operates a number of food programs that target children and youth. What started out with garden-based education programs for local elementary schools grew, with the opening of The Stop’s Green Barn, to include cooking, nutrition and social justice content. Today, these programs include after-school programs for low-income children, offering hands-on cooking and gardening opportunities and accessible ways to engage with social justice and sustainable food systems issues; a series of sustainable food systems workshops for Grade 5 and Grade 3 classes that meet curriculum objectives and introduce key issues relating to food and poverty; and Food Leadership for Youth, a weekly program for high school girls aimed at developing healthy food skills, behaviours and knowledge. Webinar.
Eat-In Ontario in Queen’s Park, September 30
Eat-In Ontario will gather over 500 students from JK to Grade 12 to participate in a series of four curriculum-linked workshops covering gardening, soil and composting, tasting, food and the environment and so much more. These FoodShare-designed workshops will be led by volunteer facilitators and a number of Food Literacy education partners, providing a rich and delicious tapestry of experience for all students in a safe and fun-filled environment. FoodShare Toronto is looking for volunteer workshop facilitators to assist in running an event on Friday September 30th, called Eat-In Ontario in Queen’s Park. Please submit a brief statement of interest and your resume outlining relevant experience by Monday, August 22 at 5pm to Brooke Ziebell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details.
2011 Edible Container Photo Show, by September 30
Are you one of Toronto’s creative container gardeners? Then join Toronto Balconies Bloom, Riverdale Food Working Group and Toronto Green Community for our first online Edible Container Garden Show! We want this contest to showcase the great small space gardens growing in Toronto and inspire container gardeners across and beyond the city to get creative with their growing. Anyone growing any kind of edible plants in a creative container is invited to participate. Details.
2011-2012 Evergreen Brick Works Chefs Series Line-up Announced, Toronto, starts October 11
New 2011-2012 workshop line-up announced!! Get intimate with Toronto’s hottest chefs. In these demonstration-style cooking classes, you’ll learn about cooking local food, learn tips and techniques while enjoying a delicious dinner and wine from Stratus Vineyards. 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.
Bring Food Home Conference, Trent University, Peterborough, October 27, 28, 29
Bring Food Home is Ontario’s biennial conference connecting food and farming leaders working towards a sustainable food system. The 2011 conference is themed “Preparing the Ground for a Sustainable Food System.” The organizers of Bring Food Home 2011 are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the conference. The Thursday night keynote will feature a panel discussion by leaders transforming food systems: Mark Winne, Jeanette Longfield, and Dawn Morrison moderated by Jon Steinman. On Friday writer, activist, and academic Raj Patel will address the conference and will speak at the Feast of Local Flavours. Details.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Symposium 2011, Sault Ste. Marie, November 4
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and NORDIK Institute are hosting an Agriculture and Agri-Food Symposium on November 4th and 5th at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. The symposium aims to create opportunities for collaboration between farmers in Northern Ontario and researchers in the agricultural sector. The symposium will feature applicable workshops for local farmers and researchers alike; some include Sustaining Soil and Crop Productivity, Specialty Foods and Value-Added Products, and Healthy Food for Sustainable Communities. Details.
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.
Canadian Food Summit 2012, Toronto, February 7 & 8
Few issues matter more to people than the quality and availability of food. Food prices are rising in Canada and globally, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the food supply chain directly impacts our quality of life. Website. Agenda.
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