Locavore News — Ontario

 

Food for Thought, Michael Pollan and Sarah Elton, September 14

The 2013 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival present: Food for Thought, Michael Pollan and Sarah Elton. Join authors Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma and most recently Cooked) and Sarah Elton (Locavore and Consumed) for an afternoon of conversation about food, culture and sustainability. The event will be hosted by the University of Guelph’s Dr. Evan Fraser. Saturday, September 14, 2013. Rozanski Hall, Room 104. 2pm. Eden Mills Writers’ Festival website. Tickets.

Sick Kids café transformed with fresh, local food

It may look and taste like a roti from any one of this city’s many Caribbean takeout joints: firm, flavourful chicken, well-spiced potatoes, a hearty wrap and throat-tickling mango chutney. But this $7.65 lunch comes with a few surprises. First, it’s hospital food. Second, it’s fresh, not processed. Toronto Star story.

Ontario Community Gardens Network (OCGN) Working Group Breaks Ground on Survey

Sustain Ontario’s Community Gardens Network Working Group is getting ready to launch a survey of the province’s community garden networks. After collecting best practices and policies from across Ontario, the OCGN will publish and share its insights with the public and members of the OCGN. We hope that with this knowledge sharing and collaboration, more municipalities and community organizations, will be supported to start their own gardens and help bring local, nutritious, and sustainable foods to their communities. If you are a community garden network coordinator or have a bird’s eye view of community gardens in your community, please contact Community Gardens at Sustain Ontario to receive more information on the survey.

University hires new contractor, with promise of more ‘local, sustainable’ campus menus

Ryerson University has ditched its long-time food provider for a company promising to put more “local and sustainable” food in campus cafeterias. In a move that surprised student officials, the downtown university has decided not to renew its contract with Aramark Canada Ltd., a multinational corporation that’s stocked most of the campus eateries for the last two decades. Toronto Star story.

Places to Farm: Alternative practices and policies for Ontario’s changing agricultural landscape

Paper by Metcalf Innovation Fellow Dr Sally Miller, explores the link between strong regional food systems and land use policies in southern Ontario. She identifies seven areas where innovative and strategic action could enable access to land and sustainable food production for new and existing farmers both now and long term. Paper.

The Ontario Edible Education Network is now on Twitter!

The Network provides resourceful updates and builds the dialogue on connecting children and youth to good food. Follow. Sustain Ontario post about the Network.

Taste Local! Taste Fresh! Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Foodlink Waterloo Region’s local food showcase and fundraiser has moved to a brand new location this year—Steckle Heritage Farm, 811 Bleams Rd. Kitchener.  Taste Local! Taste Fresh!  is celebrating a milestone 10th Anniversary and will take place Sunday, September 15, 2013, 2-5 pm. Guests will be able to spend a delightful afternoon strolling the picturesque grounds of Steckle Farm, a heritage designated property and working farm right in the City of Kitchener!  Much of the event will take place within a breathtaking post and beam style barn dating back to 1840. Twenty original food creations prepared by teams of the area’s finest chefs and farmers will be featured offering participants an opportunity to sample exquisite new recipes showcasing local foods and farm-fresh products. Details on Facebook.

Southwestern Ontario Farmer Earns National Award for Environmental Leadership

Texas Longhorn farmers in Norfolk County, just south of Tillsonburg, Bryan and Cathy Gilvesy raise their cows in an environmentally-sustainable manner on their YU Ranch. Doing so, and creating what they say is a leaner beef for health conscious consumers, has created a niche market for their product. Now their efforts have been recognized on national scale with the presentation of a Canadian Agri-Food Award of Excellence for Environmental Stewardship. The award is co-sponsored by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Royal Winter Fair, and was presented on November 10th. Norfolk ALUS post.

Worm-Share and Care, August 15

The Toronto Compost Leaders and Rye’s HomeGrown are excited to present the second Worm-Share event this year. Everyone is welcome to drop by for worm composting starter kits, small and large containers of red wigglers, and for worm bin construction and maintenance tutorials with some of Toronto’s most experienced composters.For the best compost there is! Your plants will love it all year round! No special tools or experience required. Details on Facebook

McVean Farm Picnic

Sunday September 15, 11am to 5pm. Come join us for a picnic on the farm! Bring your picnic blankets, sun hats, kites, and appetites –  enjoy the farm, listen to live music and share some delicious food! Throughout the day you are invited to take walking tours or wagons rides to explore our 45-acre farm overflowing with a diverse patchwork-quilt of small farms and restored natural areas. Kids activities, face painting, hands-on workshops and live music will run all day. Details.

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

Holland Marsh – A reminder from Ontario’s Soup and Salad Bowl

New video series showcases the Holland Marsh. Each week, a new clip will be released – building up to a major announcement in mid-September from the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association.Vimeo.

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