Locavore News — Canada


Rural-Urban Connections and the Future of Family Farming

The international conference on Feeding Cities: Rural-Urban Connections and the Future of Family Farming to be held June 23-24, commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University. The conference will also celebrate the International Year of Family Farming, and will address questions and issues concerning the future of family farming in an increasingly urbanized world. Website.


Webinar: Building Relationships – The key to influencing local, sustainable procurement at institutions, April 10

Campus Food Systems Project. Food Secure Canada hosted webinar about institutional procurement. This webinar will highlight the role of building relationships and transforming culture in an institution as an essential first step in the direction of more local, sustainable procurement. 3 innovative student coordinators who have been leading this work on the ground will share their stories and experiences in building the allies they need to make the change they want to see. Details.


Marketing Nutrition: A Food Processor’s Guide to Creating and Applying Healthy Eating Messages

Brenda Arychuk is a registered dietician, and writer of the Marketing Nutrition Workbook talks about what food processors, trying to promote the healthy aspects of their food products, should do after they identify their target market, and how to communicate a healthy eating message. “Forty-five per cent of processed food launched in2008 contained health and nutrition messaging, compared to 31 per cent in 2002” (Drivers and Trends in Food Consumption, Farm Credit Corporation). Marketing Nutrition workbook. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development post.


Alberta Open Farm Days

Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. As well, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of farm to table culinary events that will be held around the province on August 23, using Alberta farm products. Farms across the province will open their gates on August 24. Admission is free. Join us and explore Alberta this summer. Website.


Advice for marketing local product

Bourgault says site of production is an important variable for marketing product. “The closer to the consumer the production happens, the greater the value the consumer attributes to it,” Bourgault says, explaining when product is clearly identified with site of origin, consumers prefer products from their region first, of their province second, of another region of their province third and of another province last. He recommends producers identify themselves as local in their region. FCC Express post.


Fad or Trend? A Closer Look at Integrating “Local” Into Your Farm

If you’re still wondering if local food is a fad, and whether you should build a local food component into your crop and livestock production, take heed of the latest consumer food price outlook from the University of Guelph. The outlook, produced annually by a team led by Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, shows consumer interest in local food could be a bright spot for 2014. Charlebois says local food, along with better nutrition, is likely to increase the demand for premium products from the farm, such as functional foods, omega-3 eggs and gluten-free items. And increased demand could mean better profits. Real Agriculture post.


U of G Celebrates Canada Research Chairs

Geography professor Evan Fraser received a Tier 1 chair in Global Food Security to study food security under changing environmental and economic conditions. Tier 1 chairs are acknowledged international leaders in their fields and are awarded $200,000 a year for seven years. “Developing an understanding of the processes that will sustainably feed a growing human population represents one of the century’s grand challenges,” Fraser said. University of Guelph news release. Feeding 9 Billion website.


Why this Newfoundland chef is hungry for controversy with ‘delicious’ seal meat

Perrin is convinced that this reputation is the result of poor handling and uninspired cooking and he’s setting out to change people’s attitudes toward seal with a five-course dinner on April 17 at his restaurant, Mallard Cottage, in Quidi Vidi Village on the outskirts of St. John’s. The Globe and Mail story.


Terroir Hospitality Industry Symposium, May 12

Terroir is a hospitality symposium that brings together the innovative and creative influencers of Canada’s hospitality industry including chefs, food writers, wine and food experts and business leaders. Our symposium attracts people who are serious about the business of hospitality and who are looking to constantly develop and refine their careers. Terroir is a non-for-profit committee of industry professional that put on an annual symposium that is about education, networking, sharing collective resources and building a community that helps to strengthen our industry. Website.


Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge

Food insecurity presents a serious and growing challenge in Canada’s northern and remote Aboriginal communities. In 2011, off-reserve Aboriginal households in Canada were about twice as likely as other Canadian households to be food insecure. Finding lasting solutions will require the involvement not just of policy-makers but of those most affected by food insecurity: people living in the North. Council of Canadian Academies post.




Raw Milk Vending Machines Take Over Europe

Europe’s embrace of raw milk vending machines isn’t new. Such daring dispensers of unpasteurized dairy can be found in France, Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and, as one map shows, all over the place in Italy. In a recent post for TakePart, Rebecca McCray, a Fulbright fellow studying the criminal justice system in Slovenia, digs into the story behind one such machine outside Ljubljana. There, local dairy farmer Marko Bitenc refills his machine with fresh milk once a day. Because he owns and operates the machine, there is no middle man between farmer and consumers — just a few buttons and a spout. Modern Farmer story.


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