Locavore News — Ontario


Farmers’ Market Voucher, Webinar, November 19

Farmers’ market voucher programs are popping up across North America as a means to connect low-income people with nutritious, local food, while at the same time supporting small-scale producers. While market voucher programs have commendable goals, there are still many questions that need to be addressed regarding the opportunities, barriers and viability of these programs in Ontario. This webinar will look at these important questions and will feature panelists involved in market voucher program in BC and Ontario, as well as a US participant involved with a Double Value Coupon Program. Sustain Ontario post.


Questions About Local Food Act

A Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario spokesman feels the proposed provincial Local Food Act has a lot of potential. Nathan Stevens says the act focuses on enabling OMAFRA to establish local food targets for a wide array of publicly-funded institutions. Stevens cautions there are a lot of unanswered questions with the legislation – such as what happens when there’s a difference in the price Ontario farmers need and the amount the institutions can afford. He says the Act has the potential to turn public institutions into champions of the local food movement – if a number of implementation questions can be answered. Blackburn Agri-Media story.


Going local is the road to a healthy food system

I love the taste of farm fresh local food. There’s nothing like Ontario asparagus to usher in spring, succulent strawberries to begin summer, and juicy sweet corn to close out the dog days of summer. Critics call it romanticizing food; I call it delicious. I have no dilemma using my money to support Ontario’s economy by buying local food. And scientific research confirms that fresh picked produce contains more nutrients. Local food packs a lot of value into each bite. Mike Schreiner writing in the Toronto Star.


‘Buy local’ growing: MP says

A visiting Quebec New Democrat MP says national interest is rising in the Buy Local movement and the public is increasingly understanding its importance in buttressing agriculture. “There’s been a movement where people want to buy more local. They want to know where their food is coming from,” Ruth Ellen Brosseau, MP for Berthier-Maskinonge and NDP deputy agriculture critic, said in a visit to the Brantford Farmers’ Market last weekend. Brantford Expositor post.


The Mustard Seed: Hamilton’s cooperative grocery

We are thrilled to announce that The Mustard Seed will officially begin signing up members on Thursday, November 29th. We hope you will join us in launching Hamilton’s community-owned grocery store! We are a growing group from Hamilton, Ontario, who have a passion for food and a strong desire to see essential food needs met in our downtown community. We envision The Mustard Seed becoming a beautiful place to shop, a place that promotes food access, connection between local producers and consumers, and a vibrant sense of community. After a year of growing excitement, focused conversations began early in January 2012. We are still a co-operative in development. Next steps include incorporation, developing our membership, and opening our doors at a downtown storefront location, which we are striving to do in Spring 2013. Website.


share – Cookbook Launch, November 14

Join FoodShare and Friends – authors Adrienne De Francesco and Marion Kane, and our wonderful community of recipe contributors, staff, volunteers, partners and some famous surprise guests – to celebrate the launch of our first-ever cookbook and share a bountiful sampling of dishes from the book prepared by FoodShare’s chefs! Details.


Local food should be a healthcare feature

Create an institutional market for local foods that will substantially increase both the number of local farmers growing foods for the Ontario healthcare system, and the amount and types of local foods being provided. The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, together with our research partners, My Sustainable Canada and the University of Guelph, are proud to release findings from our recent collaborative study of local food in Ontario’s health care system. The report, “Case Studies in Ontario Healthcare: The challenges and opportunities of incorporating local foods,” forms part two of a local food project funded by the University of Guelph/Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Partnership Fund. TheBulletin.ca story.


Ontario Food Cluster takes its team to Chicago to attract fast-growth store brand market to “Canada’s kitchen”

The Canadian agri-food sector’s leading “store brand,” the Ontario Food Cluster, is attending America’s largest private label tradeshow in Chicago this week to encourage international food and beverage buyers and suppliers to follow the lead of Horizon Milling G.P. by investing and becoming part of Ontario’s $39 billion, 3,200-company food and beverage processing sector. Ontario Food Cluster post.


Market-Based Models for Increasing Access to Healthy Food, Webinar, November 29

There are increasingly more non-traditional food enterprises across the U.S. proving that, through innovative, market-based approaches, we can address food access barriers, particularly for underserved, limited-resource consumers. The Wallace Center is compiling learning from working with thirty food enterprises from across the country that are focused on food access.  These enterprises are part of Wallace Center’s Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development (HUFED) program. In this webinar, program leaders will share key highlights and takeaways resulting from this program, their expertise, and additional research results. Registration.


Can You Donate Farming Equipment?

Do you have an old piece of equipment that works, but you never use anymore? Let us know! All equipment will be used to help out aspiring young farmers. We don’t care how it looks, as long it works. FarmStart is a registered charity and can give you a tax receipt for your equipment donation. Farm Start request.




Feeding Nine Billion

Many experts are worried that the 21st century will be a hungry one.  Population growth and changing diets mean that our demand for food is rising fast.  Climate change, dwindling water supplies, and high energy prices are set to make food harder, and more expensive to produce.  Add to this, the fact that currently almost a billion people go hungry every night and we have to conclude that the world food system is in a very serious crisis.Website.


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