Locavore News — Ontario


Community Workshops TO

Community Workshops TO is a free resource that connects community groups and agencies with skilled workshop facilitators from across the City of Toronto. Through this site you can connect with dynamic facilitators offering workshops on a wide range of subjects, or sign yourself up to offer workshops in your community or throughout the city. Community Workshops TO promotes local resilience by creating training opportunities that build healthy, dynamic and environmentally sustainable communities. Website.


Put a taste of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry on your plate

If you’re looking to find more local food options for your family there’s some good news on the horizon – an online database is being created that will list options for finding items produced close to home. A cash injection of $199,800 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will help The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network and All Things Food to maintain a local food system in Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry and Prescott-Russell. Dana Kittle, coordinator of the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network, said the OTF grant will increase access to local food through a slew of projects and programs. Seaway News story.


Urban Agriculture & City Planning in Toronto

The Healthy Footprint interviews four experts on urban agriculture and food policy in Toronto to find out how municipal governments can incorporate food growing into a city’s plan. The Healthy Foot Print video.


Adding value to a sweet operation

A former tobacco farmer, Weniger farms near Aylmer, Ont., with his brother Joe. They started growing sweet potatoes in 2001 as part of their exit strategy from tobacco. They’re now up to 60 acres of sweet potatoes, which they rotate with corn, soybeans, and spelt. They’ve been out of tobacco going on seven years — and they’re on the lookout for ways to add value so they can continue to work full time on the farm. It’s very much a family business, says Weniger, who looks after most of the milling and marketing, while his brother Joe does most of the production work, including farm operations. Country Guide story.


Possibilities for Local Food Procurement in Ontario

Ontario is affected by many trade agreements that potentially restrict its ability to enact public procurement measures that discriminate in favour of local food. However, an examination of some of the limitations and exceptions of certain trade agreements that affect Ontario as well as a review of public procurement measures adopted by jurisdictions subject to similar trade agreement restrictions, such as the United Kingdom, Italy, the United States, and Nova Scotia, will demonstrate possibilities for local food procurement policies in Ontario. Canadian Environmental Law Association publication.


Scadding Court Community Centre gardening program grows with new greenhouse

Scadding Court Community Centre has long offered a gardening programming with an eye to feeding those in need. The centre has added a new greenhouse made out of an old shipping container, matching the style of its Market 707 vendors. The greenhouse was donated by Giant Container Services and was officially launched at Scadding’s Seedy Saturday event on March 15. Inside Toronto story.


Top 10 Places in Toronto to Buy Local Food

Among all the confusion of buying organic, gluten-free, in-season, free-trade, GMO-free, and so on, there’s one repeating factor that has not and hopefully (for the good of our food system) will not go away — local is better. Eating locally grown means you’re connecting with the place you live in via its food, supporting family-owned Canadian farms instead of overseas companies that had to freeze and ship the food to you. Torontoism.com post.


Farmers Feed Cities Visits CHCH Morning Live with Jason, Owner of Pristine Gourmet

Jenny from Farmers Feed Cities was joined by Jason Persall, an Ontario farmer and owner of Pristine Gourmet on CHCH Morning Live’s Fresh From the Field segment! Jason talks about the different crops he grows on his farm, including edemame, as well as the on-farm processing to produce his own specialty oils. He then makes use of his oils to show us some delectable recipes we can make at home.Video. Website


Honouring Ontario’s Culinary Leaders

The Ontario Hostelry Institute (OHI), led by the inimitable Charles Grieco, annually gathers the who’s who of Ontario hospitality in the opulent Toronto Four Seasons ballroom to laud and honour the people who have led and are leading the way across the Province. The 2014 Honourees have just been announced and include Brad Long (Cafe Belong), Jeff Dueck (Frank,AGO), Christophe Le Chatton (Langdon Hall) and University of Guelph’s dynamic 100 Mile Mark, Mark Kenny. Website.


Terroir Food Symposium Announces 2014 Speakers

After many successful events, the Terroir Hospitality Symposium has established itself as one of the most important and influential gatherings on hospitality in North America. The annual event a full day consists of food tastings, workshops and a variety of presentations. Previous presenters have included Peter Oliver (Oliver Bonacini Restaurants), Rene Redzepi (Noma) and Magnus Nilsson (Faviken) to name a few. This year’s theme of community building and creative collaboration will showcase examples of how the hospitality industry supports each other by sharing ideas and resources. Confirmed speakers were recently announced and include some of the biggest minds in the industry including Daniel Boulud (Cafe Boulud), David Chang (Momofuku) and Spain’s Albert Adria. Zagat post. Website.




Smart device lets anglers catch fish with their smartphone

The device itself is a pocket-sized, round float that features GPS and military-grade sonar technology, designed to be attached to a fishing wire and tethered to the dock or boat. Users can connect to it through Bluetooth, using the companion app to carry out a wide range of tasks. Most importantly, it lets anglers see where the sonar device is detecting movement of fish in real time, enabling users to track fish habits and map the topography of the lakes they typically frequent. Springwise post.


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