Dig-In Downtown, Guelph October 14 until October 28
The Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) has just produced it’s 2012 Dining Guide featuring the more than 50 food establishments found within the heart of Guelph, many of which are participating in this harvest celebration. During this two-week period, these venues will satisfy your foodie cravings with Prix Fixe meals, delicious combos, daily specials and more. Downtown Guelph Facebook Page.
“Dirt The Movie” Screening, Waterloo, October 21
Join local organic food system thinkers in a short discussion following this film that explores problems and solutions related to our relationship with the soil.. Friday, 7:00-9:00pm Healthy Foods and More, 75 Bridgeport Rd E, Unit 2. Website.
Organic Oasis Farm Tour, Stratford, October 22
Enjoy a wagon ride around this mixed farm and see organic pasture, dairy cows, beef cattle, and vegetables growing. Also take in the scenery – forested areas, ponds, and solar panels. There will be occasional breaks along the way and lunch is available for purchase at the farm store. Call the farm store at 519-625-1177 to reserve your spot on the tour at least two days prior to the event. Only 30 spots available. 10:00am-12:30pm, 2301 Perth Line 43, RR#1. Website.
Take a Bite Out of Climate Change Bus TourGuelph+, October 22
Join us on a biodiesel-powered bus tour of three local organic farms in Wellington County and learn about the climate-change mitigating potential of local organic agriculture. We’ll visit Ignatius Farm, Everdale Organic Farm, and Mapleton’s Organic to see organic farming in practice and discuss the links between agriculture, food and climate change along the way with Ralph Martin, Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the University of Guelph. Cost $10/person. Biodiesel supplied by Everpure Biodiesel Coop and bus services provided by Sharp Bus Lines. Meet at Ignatius Farm Workshop at 9:00am.
Wheelbarrow Farm Harvest Dinner, Toronto, October 22
Join us for a 3 course meal of organic vegetables and pasture-raised pork. Grown, prepared and cooked by local farmers. (Vegetarian options) Grapefruit Moon 968 Bathurst St. 5:30 & 8:00pm. Reservations firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-357-3611.
Town Hall: Unlocking TO’s future good food jobs, Toronto, October 24
Town Hall with special guest speakers, followed by Foodie Drinks nearby. Metro Hall, room 308, 55 John Street, 18:30 – 20:00. Facebook post.
Place to Plate: New Connections in Food Research, Cardiff University, UK, April 2
This is a conference by and for Ph.D. and early-career researchers studying food. It is inter-disciplinary and welcomes participation and contributions from diverse perspectives. Early-career researchers are invited to share their interpretations of the themes to challenge us to realise new connections between places, disciplines and concepts. Food students are encouraged to inspire their peers to learn from unusual allies and to seek answers in unexpected sources. In the spirit of new connections, the conference will also trial innovative ways of preparing an academic conference and aim to establish an enduring inter-disciplinary and international network in food studies. Website.
Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society, Netherlands, April 1-4
In recent years, multifunctional agriculture has emerged as an important topic in debates on the future of agriculture and the rural area and its relations with the wider and predominantly urban society. This is an expression of the fact that agriculture is not only valued for its contribution to food and fibre production and the economic development of agro-industry, but that it also needs to be assessed according to a much wider range of social, environmental, economic and ethical criteria. At the farm level, multifunctional agriculture is characterized by a variety of entrepreneurial strategies and activities, such as processing and direct marketing of food products, energy production, care for the elderly and disabled, and tourism. But multifunctional agriculture is also expressed at higher scales, such as the regional level (e.g. collective nature and landscape management schemes and regional branding) and the national level (e.g. policymaking and implementation). Website.
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.
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.
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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