Locavore News — Ontario
SmartAPPetite Wants to Talk to You — Local Food Connected through Apps and Maps
The SmartAPPetite Project is developing a smartphone ‘app’ and an interactive website and would like to learn how such technology can benefit local communities from ‘field-to-fork’. Our goal is to encourage customers to eat nutritious food and buy it locally. So we want to talk to you and figure out how to make it work! We have scheduled workshops to meet with and talk to local food business owners. Please see SmartAPPetite’s workshops to find a location nearest you. The workshops are free and light refreshments will be provided. Website.
Insights from the Willeys
It was incredible good fortune that Tom and Denesse Willey led the first workshop I attended at my first 1988 California Eco-Farm Conference. I cannot imagine a better introduction to establishing a market garden. They started by telling us to not pay too much attention to all the other workshops that emphasized low-cost production. And they encouraged us to not pay too much attention to the fine folk who relentlessly struggle on small homesteads with mediocre land. What the Willeys did emphasize is the importance of paying attention to basic good business information: David Cohlmeyer newsletter.
Feeding Cities: Rural-Urban Connections and the Future of Family Farming
This two-day conference will gather scholars, students, policymakers and practitioners working on issues concerning family farming, sustainable food systems, and food security. Speakers from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Africa will explore issues concerning the status and future of family farming around the world. On the second day of the event, participants will gather in smaller groups to discuss specific questions in a workshop format. Answers derived in each workshop will then be shared in a plenary session at the end of the event. Participants will also select themes for follow-up research and/or future conferences. Website.
Looking for sweet success with maple sap drink
An Arthur entrepreneur is hoping his upscale maple sap beverage will help him tap into the lucrative upscale water market. Keith Harris quit his job as a senior manager of an auto parts manufacturing plant five years ago to start KiKi Maple Sweet Water, a 100 per cent natural drink comprised almost entirely of raw maple tree sap. Guelph Mercury story. Website.
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Local food in hospital faces logistical challenges
An international food advocate was in Canada this week, trying to promote healthy eating in hospitals around the world. Alex Jackson has seen the quality of hospital food deteriorate in his home country of Great Britain for the past 20 years, so he quit his job and started the Campaign for Better Hospital Food. He’s seeing similar issues here in Ontario, where many patients say the best part of a hospital meal is the jello. CBC News story.
Sustain Ontario Advisory Council Election Nominations Launched
Are you passionate about the future of food and farming in Ontario? Do you want to be a part of a dynamic, smart and informed group of change-makers from across the province and across sectors? Are you ready to learn, connect, share, and take action? Then you should run for the Sustain Ontario Advisory Council! Sustain Ontario post.
Whitby mushroom farm to receive $4.1 million from Province
Ashburn residents can breathe easier after 20 years of being stifled by noxious odours wafting from a nearby mushroom compost facility. The Province of Ontario recently announced it will provide Greenwood Mushroom Farm, located in north Whitby, with $4.1 million toward the construction of a $16.5-million facility that will remove smells from the mushroom composting process. Clay Taylor, managing partner at Greenwood Mushroom Farm, said the announcement creates a win-win situation, “supporting technology-based solutions, which will resolve community concerns and introduce green technology to the sector while providing a solid platform for the continued growth and prosperity of local food production.” Metroland Media story.
Ontario’s new Provincial Policy Statement will legalize a broad range of on-farm businesses
On April 30, 2014, Ontario’s new Provincial Policy Statement [PPS] will come into effect. With it will come countless business opportunities previously prohibited in Agriculture zoned areas. The importance and effect of the PPS is generally underappreciated from a municipal law and land use perspective. It is common to discover municipal officials being totally unaware of its contents – especially as it relates to agriculture. Simply put, the PPS has great importance and effect. Section 3(5) of the Planning Act compels municipalities to make decision and enact bylaws which are consistent with the PPS. In other words, municipalities have no choice but to follow the PPS. Kurtis Andrews blog.
ALUS Bayham First Demonstration Farm
On June 6th, 2014 ALUS Bayham celebrated the establishment of their first demonstration farm. The farm, M&R Orchards produces several varieties of apples and is operated by Helmut and Monika Michel as well as their daughter Jeannine and son in law Uwe Richter. Apples produced on the farm are sold as is and are also used to create gelato ice cream and apple cider, which are all sold at their onsite store. In addition to apples they also produce honey and other bees wax related products from the beehives used to pollinate their apple trees. ALUS utilized marginal areas throughout the Michel’s farm to improve and create pollinator habitat by establishing several acres of native prairie grass mixed with wild flowers. A pollinator hedgerow and large wetland were also enhanced to provide benefits to both the environment and the Michel’s farming operation. Alternative Land Use Services post.
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The Ontario Christian Gleaners: A Case Study of a Stakeholder-Engaged Organizational Strategy
The Ontario Christian Gleaners (OCG) gathers, dries, and distributes produce destined to be waste and creates value by processing dried soup mixes and fruit snacks using volunteer labour. This case study examines the roles of relationships in the OCGs strategy, operations, and management using a strategic management framework that incorporates value creation and trading. Data was collected from secondary sources, site visits, and interviews. The case examines how relationships with primary and secondary stakeholders are managed to create value. Primary stakeholders are individuals, groups, and organizations with formal, regular, contractual or transactional relationships with an organization. Abstract.