We need to get to the farmers’ market! Unfortunately, our trusty cargo van from last season was in an accident over the winter. Everyone is okay but we had to say goodbye to our hard working vehicle. We are in need of a way to bring our produce to market and to restaurants. We are raising funds for a used, fuel-efficient vehicle plus a cargo bike. We want to reduce our environmental impact by doing more deliveries by bike and engaging students in cycling in the city. INDIEGOGO crowd funding campaign for $19,500.
Organic Meadow celebrates 25 years of building the organic dairy category
Organic Meadow, Canada’s oldest organic dairy co-operative and leading organic dairy brand, announced today it will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014. Organic Meadow began in 1989, when a group of six farmers gathered around a kitchen table in Durham, Ontario, with a vision of building a sustainable system to make wholesome food accessible to Canadians. The system would be different than others before – it would start at the farm gate. Organic Meadow post. Toronto Sun story.
A great pairing: Ontario wine and farmers’ markets
If you can buy wine at the grocery store — where soon the selection will be expanding significantly, thanks to the arrival of LCBO express outlets in some stores — shouldn’t you be able to do the same at a farmers’ market? Thankfully, says the province, yes. Last Thursday saw the launch of a new two-year pilot program in Ontario designed to bring great local food and the best Ontario wine together in farmers’ markets. If the agri-food sector has enough patience to see it through, I believe all involved — farmers, wineries, consumers and the province — can come out on top. Owen Roberts post in the Guelph Mercury.
Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op hosting farmers conference
“There’s quite a few speakers lined up. We have farm business consultants talking about tax tips. We have a master gardener talking about Northern specific growing tips and we have Leo coming up from 365 Green Homes and he’ll be presenting about his greenhouse operation that’s producing vegetables all year round in Northwestern Ontario,” she said. A lunch is also planned with local buffalo apple onion sausages, lasagna with local grass-fed beef, homemade perogies with local potatoes and Ontario Cheddar and homemade cheesecake with locally harvested blueberries. Kenora Online story.
New Funding Program Will See More Food Produced in Northern Ontario
The Rural Agri-Innovation Network and Northeast Community Network today announced a new funding initiative for local food and agricultural producers in Northern Ontario. The Sustainable New Agricultural Products, (SNAP) Program, will provide farmers or agri-food businesses up to $5,000 toward the purchase of equipment to create new agriculture or food products. The $290,000 in funding for the SNAP Program, provided by the Northern Ontario Development Program through FedNor and Industry Canada, will be administered by a group of organizations from across the north. Timmins Today story.
Yes in My Back Yard
Do you have a backyard that you would like to put to use, but no time to garden it yourself? Would you like to grow your own food, but don’t have space to garden? The Stop is launching Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) to connect people who have land to offer with people who would like to garden. We are piloting this program in the neighbourhood surrounding the Green Barn, located at St. Clair and Christie. The Stop will provide assistance is setting up the garden matches and working out the sharing arrangements. The Stop post.
Advocacy Plan for Food-Friendly Municipalities Underway
The Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable has hired a consultant to conduct a policy advocacy campaign to support development of community gardens and temporary farmers’ markets in the region. This project was made possible through funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to promote access to healthy food in our community through policy change. Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable post.
Building Collaboration on Local Food in Niagara, May 15
My Sustainable Canada is hosting a workshop in Lincoln on May 15th to bring together Niagara-based growers, processors, suppliers, distributors, and institutional purchasers to discuss collaborative approaches to strengthening local food supply chains. The workshop will take place on Thursday, May 15 from 12 noon – 4:30pm at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, Lincoln, Ontario. The afternoon will be a series of Pecha Kucha-style presentations from suppliers and buyers from across Niagara. Sustain Ontario post.
School Garden Day, May 23
For the second year, IGES (Imagine A Garden In Every School) is inviting schools across Ontario to participate in School Garden Day to foster community spirit, celebrate local food systems and connect children and youth to healthy living. On Friday, May 23 any class or whole school can participate — even something as simple as an indoor plant is enough to qualify for participation. All schools will receive a certificate and can share their photos by emailing them to IGES and/or using #SchoolGardenDay on Twitter. Sustain Ontario post.
Feast in the Forest, May 25
Grab your hiking shoes and come to Kolapore Springs Fish Hatchery for a magical afternoon! Enjoy delicious and creative dishes created by top local and Toronto restaurants while strolling through the Kolapore Uplands Forest, just west of Collingwood. Equally delicious libations by local wineries and craft breweries are matched with the treats. This afternoon is topped off with great music by local artists. Kolapore Springs has partnered with Foodlink Grey Bruce to provide participating restaurants unique ingredients from our own local producers and farmers. Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance post.
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