Locavore News — Ontario

Hardeman’s Local Food Act Criticism Draws Government Response

The provincial premier’s office is responding to criticism from Ernie Hardeman over the Local Food Act. The Conservative’s Agriculture Critic says he’s disappointed Premier Kathleen Wynne still had not proclaimed key sections of the act. Hardeman says that includes sections which would require the government to set local food targets for the public sector. A statement from Wynne’s office argues the Act requires ongoing collaboration among government, stakeholders and the broader public sector to develop common goals they can all work towards.Blackburn News story


Ontario government slow to implement Local Food Act says PC ag critic

Ontario Progressive Conservative agriculture critic Ernie Hardeman has lambasted the provincial government for failing to proclaim portions of the Local Food Act, including the section that gives farmers a tax credit for donating food. “I’m extremely disappointed that it appears the government was focused more on public relations than actually making a difference to local food in Ontario,” Hardeman says in an April 25 press release. Better Farming story.


Local Food Plus Enters New Chapter

Since its inception in 2005, Local Food Plus (LFP) has changed the landscape of the good food movement in Canada, providing the language and the tools to support local sustainable farming and food systems. Having enjoyed almost a decade of groundbreaking achievements, it is time for the organization to enter a new chapter. While continuing to support our current farm certifications, we will be taking some time to reassess LFP’s certification and market facilitation programming and to plan the organization’s next steps. Local Food Plus news release.


Last Chance for Huron Food Charter Input

The Huron Food Action Network is hosting the last of a series of three meetings on Thursday about the future of local food in Huron County. Spokesperson Joan Brady explains the goal of the three meetings is to establish a food charter for the county. That’s described as a vision of what our food system could look like, including local food in Huron County. Blackburn News story.


Nourishing Communities Interviews Wayne Roberts on Food for City Building

“I believe food organizers should present themselves as offering a platform, rather than a fixed body of answers. In my view, such a stance respects food for what it does best in the public realm; it invites people to take their own power, personally and collectively,” writes Wayne Roberts in an interview with Phil Mount, a representative of Nourishing Communities, a project of the Sustainable Food Systems Research Project  at the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. This conversation between two members of the Sustain Ontario alliance sheds light on how the local food movement is making an impact by reframing conversations with policymakers and planners to demonstrate the central role that food can play in tackling a number of social and economic issues, leveraging the power of social media as a public education tool and discussion platform, and identifying diverse players that can and do take action in the deployment of food as an agent of change. Sustain Ontario post.


Roots of Bruce Teaches Students Where Their Food Comes From

Roots of Bruce Committee Chair Monica Zettel says very few youngsters come from a farming background these days, compared to generations ago. Zettel says that’s what makes events like last week’s Roots of Bruce in Walkerton so important. About 600 grade five and six students from across the county learned where their food comes from, the business of farming and what it takes to be a farmer at the event. Blackburn News story.


Food Council Launches Network To Connect Community Gardeners In Halton Region

Community gardeners and urban agriculture advocates are invited to come together for the launch of the Halton Community Garden Network on Saturday, May 3rd at the Rotary Youth Centre in Burlington. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the current state of community gardens in Halton region and participate in a discussion about sharing seedlings and gardening secrets for a more sustainable future. Halton Food Council Chair Gayle Cruikshank explains: “As a network, this Halton Food Council project will be a hub for coordinating urban agriculture projects by sharing resources on local food education and skill-building workshops.” Details.


School Grown Rooftop Garden at Eastdale Collegiate Institute

FoodShare is proud to be part of Doors Open Toronto this year! On May 24 and 25, visit the School Grown Rooftop Garden at Eastdale Collegiate Institute to celebrate good food. The School Grown Rooftop Garden turns a familiar high school scene into a magical garden and café. Take in the smells of beans, basil and spicy greens while meeting the site’s designers, farmers and educators! Doors Open Toronto post.


Wetland Restoration Season Begins

Mid March marked the official start date of ALUS Norfolk’s wetland restoration season with a bottomland restoration at Villa Nova Estate Winery located in Townsend. Current temperatures are hovering just below freezing, making it an ideal time to create wetlands. The frozen ground keeps the excavation equipment from sinking, and as the frost only goes down about a foot it makes it easy to excavate the wetlands. In another week or so the semi-frozen ground will be in perfect condition to be levelled out and prepped for grass-planting on the adjacent upland areas. Alternative Land Use Services post.


Majority Of Ontarians Want To See Greenbelt Grow

After nine years, support for Ontario’s Greenbelt remains strong. Ontarians want to see more land included in the land protection policy according to a recent poll conducted by Environics Research Group. According to the survey, three-quarters of Ontarians (74%) feel it is very important to continue to grow Ontario’s Greenbelt. Polling results align with Mississauga, Oakville, and Toronto taking the necessary steps to grow the Greenbelt. Greenbelt Foundation news release.




She knows what goats like: Crowdfunding with a daring twist

One aspiring goat-preneur is doing something a bit different with her crowdfunding campaign, which will fund the startup of an organic goat dairy. Bethany Micarelli, a Seattle resident, is using Darelicious to raise the money she needs for her goat milk and “fromagerie” project, by daring herself to do something a little bit wacky. She’s promised her backers something you just can’t get anywhere else: a music video parodying “I Know What Boys Like“, dressed like Little Bo Peep, with a caprine twist. Ecopreneurist post.


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