Locavore News — Ontario

Peterborough Increases Local Food in Student Nutrition Programs

Peterborough students will be discovering more local food on their breakfast plates this year as a result of an exciting new project, Increasing Local Food in Student Nutrition Programs. Thanks to funding and support from the Greenbelt Fund and the Ontario government, the project lead, Peterborough County-City Health Unit, will work with Food For Kids Peterborough, Farms at Work, and YWCA of Peterborough Haliburton to increase procurement of locally grown food and to boost food literacy in the classroom. Sustain Ontario post.

 

Building that houses Radius is for sale, locavore’s mecca is staying put

Paven Bratch wants one thing to be clear: Radius the building may be for sale, but Radius the restaurant and locavore’s mecca is staying put. Bratch said he’d had some expressions of interest in the building from some Toronto folks so thought he’d “float” the building at 151-153 James Street South in a listing. But he says that’s no reflection on his love of Hamilton or the building, for that matter. In fact, he’s planning on growing Radius Café. Hamilton Spectator story.

 

Toronto’s Ethnic Buffet

When I tell my friends in Toronto how much I love their city, they often say, “Really?” I always assume they imagine I’m just trying to be gracious, or perhaps — with characteristic Canadian modesty — they’re reluctant to acknowledge how easy their city is to love. But they also have a great deal of justifiable civic pride, and a clear sense of why Toronto is such a special and unusual place to live and visit. There’s more to this understated city than many people might realize. New York times travel post.

 

Wynne Says Farm Support Today Affects Future

“We’ve introduced the Local Food Act, that’s why we have the Local Food Fund, it’s why I have challenged the sector to double the number of jobs and that’s in processing and producing,” said Wynne.  ”I know that there have been challenges.  I understand that in terms of risk management and in terms of compensation because of weather.  There are all sorts of issues that you deal with on an annual basis.” Blackburn News story.

 

Local Food Fund Forgotten?

During a statement in the Legislature, Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and PC Critic for Agriculture and Food, raised concerns that, 126 days after applications were submitted, the Local Food Fund appears to have been forgotten or has been caught up in politics. “This government has held many photo-ops to talk about the Local Food Fund, but when the cameras turned off they seem to have simply forgotten about it,” said Hardeman. “These applications were submitted before it started to snow- we all know how long ago that was – and yet they still haven’t received an answer.” Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford news release.

 

Farm Boy to open London location, create 150 jobs by June

Ottawa-based Farm Boy will open a 27,000 sq-ft market at 1045 Wellington Rd. in time for a June opening, the company announced Tuesday. “Farm Boy has long been a supporter of local producers with many of its customer favourites being made by small, local artisans. As the company prepares for its first of many new stores planned for Southwestern Ontario, they will embrace the thriving local food industry.” Farm Boy offers a wide variety of fresh produce, natural and organic foods and unique specialty items, including artisan farmstead cheese, fresh meats, sustainable seafood delivered fresh throughout the week, and a line of private-label products. Metro News story.

 

How to Make a Living on 1.5 Acres, April 25

Jean-Martin Fortier will be giving a presentation on how you can make a good living farming 1.5, and how to succeed as a small-scale organic vegetable grower. Come early for the Potluck Dinner to meet urban farmers, and gardeners from across the city for a fun informal meal. This is also a great chance to meet Jean-Martin Fortier who will be signing books. Bring a dish to share. FarmStart post.

 

ALUS program takes flight in Norfolk

Pollinator habitat and stream bank buffers have emerged as priorities now that officials with the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program in Norfolk are executing their strategy in the field. The ALUS experiment in land stewardship grabbed national headlines last year thanks to demonstration plots on four farms in Norfolk. Simcoe Times-Reformer 2008 story. Paul Mauthe Farm Project History.

 

CFFO Welcomes Policy Changes

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is pleased with some changes to the Provincial Policy Statement but would like to see more done to curb aggregate extraction. General Manager of CFFO, Nathan Stevens in his weekly commentary says it has been a lengthy process with a huge number of stakeholder concerns to balance. Stevens says he was pleased to see improvements in the modified secondary uses definition to open up additional opportunities for today’s farmers to engage in other means of generating income including enhanced allowances around agri-tourism. Blackburn News story.

 

CPP Board Investing In Farmland

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is getting into farmland. The Board is buying the farmland portfolio of Assiniboia Farmland Limited. That portfolio includes about 115 thousand acres of farmland in Saskatchewan. Assiniboia was set up in 2005 to help investors buy Saskatchewan farmland. Blackburn News story.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

 

Chefs serve dinner cooked on the hot lava of an erupting volcano in Iceland

The ground shakes, belching fumes and spewing lava, but this has not deterred thrill-seekers flocking to see Iceland’s active volcano. The Fimmvorduhals volcano in the middle of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted on March 21, and one couple chose the spot for a romantic – and dangerous – dinner. Telegraph story.

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