Local Food News — Ontario

Ontariofresh.ca v2.0 Consultations

The Greenbelt Fund recently employed the consulting firm Millier Dickinson Blais (MDB) to engage its key stakeholders as it considered the possible expansion, development, and improvement of the Ontariofresh.ca website as well as potential directions and opportunities in the context of these consultations. A summary of the feedback received from 160 stakeholder participants and the potential strategic directions that emerged through the process are here. To provide them with feedback on these potential strategic opportunities, take the survey.


Announcing launch of Ontario Culinary News

We are pleased to announce the official launch of Ontario Culinary News – a new resource for culinary professionals and enthusiasts. “The new site will feature news, events, people and product profiles that matter to Ontario’s Culinary Community,” said editor-in-chief Saskia Brussaard, who also serves as president and founder of Crave Public Relations. People can also subscribe to a monthly e-newsletter. Ontario Culinary News also features a paid Business Directory for those who want to advertise to the culinary community, as well as banner ad space. Website.


Workshop on Streamlining Agricultural Applications in Municipalities and Conservation Authorities, September 26Showcase the best practices and processes of selected municipalities as well as the experience of farmers in order to enable municipal staff and conservation authority staff to implement more effective approaches to handling Agricultural applications. Details.


Gather ’round the table at Upper Canada Village

Once again, food brought everyone together at Upper Canada Village’s second annual Food Lovers’ Field Days this past weekend. Presented by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, vendors were on site showcasing all different types of food and wine found within the area. In previous years, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission has presented similar events but they focused more on food and cooking techniques prior to the 19th century. The event brought in more than 30 vendors from the Eastern Ontario region. Standard Freeholder story.


Taste Real for the 2014 Field Dinner held at Thatcher Farms, Rockwood, September 14

Spend a relaxing afternoon on a beautiful working farm in Wellington County. Enjoy delicious handcrafted food and drink, prepared by the region’s finest chefs with products grown and raised by our passionate local farmers. Join us for a real farm dinner and experience the bounty of the local harvest. You will also be able to enjoy local musical talent throughout the afternoon. Details.


Renfrew County Local Food & Farming Forum, September 16

Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative, a Sustain Ontario Member, together with  the Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation, invites all to come learn about the Local Food economy in Renfrew County and participate in their conversations around incorporating locally produced food in your organization. Details


Mark Shepard is coming to Waterloo, October 2 to 4

He is “redesigning agriculture in nature’s image”. He has a 110 acre forest farm in SW Wisconsin where he has been using his forest agriculture successfully for 18 years. He is a practical and down to earth farmer making a good living with permaculture forest agriculture. He is a founder of the Restoration Agriculture Institute. The basic premise is to use forest systems to maximize land use. He uses trees, bushes, vines, alley crops, and livestock to output 7 times the harvest from 1 acre of land. Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable post.


Mandatory food & nutrition class would help Ontario health, group says

The Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) is pushing for at least one mandatory food and nutrition course in the province, saying it would make healthier citizens. The OHEA said approximately one-third of children in Ontario are overweight or obese and increasing “food literacy” would help more people understand nutrition labels, make meals at home, make the most of their grocery budget and reduce waste. CBC News story.


QR codes added to VG Farms meat products by Longo’s and Market stores

The Canadian grocery chain retailer has now partnered with the local provider will use quick response codes. Retailer and grocery store chain, Longo’s, from Ontario, Canada, has announced a partnership with VG Farms to provide local meat to all of its stores, including those under the Market brand, and will use QR codes to help to keep consumers informed. The quick response codes will be used to allow the meat products to be traced back to their sources. Commerce News story.


Joel Salatin and Greg Judy coming to Ontario October 2014

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms will speak on October 4 at the University of Guelph, Rozanski Hall, Guelph, Ontario. Greg Judy of Green Pastures Farm will speak on October 18 at Arthur Community Centre, Arthur, Ontario. Details.


Sustainable Local Food Certificate

Field to Fork: Introduction to Local and Global Food Systems. Understanding Sustainable Farming: Principles and Practices. Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens. Food Policy and Trends. St. Lawrence College post.



Smart surface offers up recipes based on the ingredients placed upon it

Computers are beginning to be able to process real world objects without the need for codes or tags in their own language. Innovations such as Peres have previously used chemical data analysis to quickly recognize food types and determine if they’re ok to eat. Now the Netherlands’ Studio diip has created the Vegetable Recognizer, a system that uses image recognition to detect types of vegetables and provide recipes that include those foods. SpringWise story.


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