The Farm Economy & Rural Resilience: Coping with Climate Change and Rising Energy Prices
2013 Farmland Forum, Friday, February 15. How are farmers and rural communities responding to climate change uncertainty and rising energy prices? Join the Ontario Farmland Trust and the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development on February 15th as we explore the ties between a thriving farm economy, land stewardship and rural resilience. Learn about different responses and practical innovations taking place on the farm, as well as broader community-led initiatives that are inspiring leadership and engagement in planning for a sustainable future for rural Ontario. Details.
Local Food Act: It’s thyme, Orillia
Our next premier, Kathleen Wynne, campaigned on a promise to reintroduce a strengthened Ontario Local Food Act, in addition to serving as the minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs for one year. Wynne says the Local Food Act “will support our farmers by promoting food grown and made in Ontario and develop goals and targets around the production, processing, distribution, sales and marketing of Ontario food.” Orillia Packet Opinion.
Crunch With Us! Great Big Crunch, March 7, 2:30pm
FoodShare’s annual Great Big Crunch invites school communities to learn about healthy eating and local food systems by taking a giant synchronized crunch into a locally grown fruit or vegetable. Last year, we heard almost 150,000 apple crunches across the country. Details
Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy Updates
The Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy Design Team is pleased to announce that Round 2 of consultations is now open! This round will move the strategy towards implementation. If you would like to participate please review the updated OFNS strategy and fill out this very brief survey before the extended February 15th deadline. Strategy Details. Survey.
Eat of the Week
January and February still supply a host of seasonable vegetables, many of which have been biding their time beneath ground. Which brings us to this week’s choice root vegetable: the hardy Beta vulgaris, otherwise known as the beetroot! Hannah Martin blog at Local Food Plus.
Local Food Fair at Sick Kids Hospital
On a snowy Thursday Greenbelt Fund grantee Sick Kids Hospital, hosted a fair to sample a few of their new local food suppliers products. While the winter months aren’t exactly known for local food, it was no problem for Sick Kids to bring in suppliers of dairy, meat, breads and soy products. Ontario Fresh story.
Why I love local sustainable food
Seventeen years ago I came to Guelph and found the inspiration and connections I needed to start one of Ontario’s first home delivery businesses for local organic food. So attending the 32nd annual Guelph Organics Conference at the Guelph University Centre is kind of like a homecoming to me. Mike Schreiner blog Green party of Ontario.
Kid-approved local food recipes for child care centres
The recipes were developed following Toronto City Council’s adoption of a Local Food Procurement Policy in 2011 to increase the amount of local food served at City daycares, shelters, and seniors’ homes. The recipes were tested by 430 children at City-operated child care centres and all of them passed this very important taste-test. Livegreen Toronto
Farm Business Management (BUSN 0178)
This course will examine basic budgeting, farm financial analysis practices such as enterprise budgets, partial budgets, whole farm budgets, and income analysis as well as management skills. Proposal writing strategies will also be included. Georgian College
Urban Agriculture Course Series at Ryerson
The Chang School is offering students who complete the four urban agriculture course electives in the Food Security program official University recognition of having completed a course series in Urban Agriculture. This offer is open to both new and past students. Those students who have already taken some of the urban agriculture courses can return and complete the course series. Likewise, certificate students can add a specialization in urban agriculture to their Food Security certificate. Website.
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Top Ten Food Trends 2013
The passionate interest in foods being led by the Millenials will continue; led by their desire to understand food heritage, where foods come from, food preparation and how food is served; but with a twist. Millenials are deal seekers: over 86% seek the lowest everyday prices for foods. Almost one-third of Millenials (50+ million people born between 1978 and 1994) have difficulty affording their weekly groceries as compared to 22% of the general population. Millenials are the most ethnically diverse generation in our nation’s history – approximately 19 percent are Latino, 13 percent are black, four percent are Asian. one in five have an immigrant parent and one in 10 have a parent who is not a U.S. citizen. Clearly they are the foundation for the rise and desire for ethnic and more flavorful foods. This generation will be the most educated with 63% predicted to have or expect to graduate college by the year 2016, however, many report low paying or no jobs and a quarter of them have moved back home with their parents. The Lempert Report at Supermarket Guru.