Local Food News — Canada

Canada’s real top chef

“This is, by far, the best food in Canada right now,” exclaimed Dammann, a mixture of admiration and surrender colouring his voice. For those who haven’t yet tried chef Jeremy Charles’s wild foods at Raymonds: Dammann and Vergen can assure you it’s worth the pilgrimage. By now, Raymonds has won several “No. 1 restaurant in Canada” awards. High-level international chefs have been wowed by Charles’s abilities through his appearances at Cook It Raw events – prestigious gatherings of the world’s top chefs. Globe and Mail story.

 

Federated uses labels to help shoppers buy local

Federated Co-operatives is trumpeting local food at its stores in Western Canada with a new campaign and local food partner. Federated is working with Localize, an Edmonton company that highlights local and regional products on store shelves. With Localize’s help, Co-op has launched the “At Home” campaign–a program meant to help consumers identify local products. Canadian Grocer story.

 

Local Sourcing of School Nutrition Programs, Webinar, October 15

In this live webinar, Alison Howard, lead author of Enough for All: Household Food Security in Canada and What’s to Eat? Improving Food Literacy in Canada, and Dr. Jessica Edge, author of Cultivating Opportunities: Canada’s Growing Appetite for Local Food, together will examine several options for sourcing school nutrition programs from local suppliers. Conference Board of Canada Details.

 

Growing Your Child’s Food Literacy through Local Foods

The food inquiry begins the same way each time. I place a variety of fruits and vegetables, on tables around the classroom and ask the groups of eight year old students to discuss where the food came from and how did it get to us (in Toronto). Over the past two years, I’ve facilitated the same process, in each instance the students divide into two theories: either I brought the food to them or that it can from the grocery store. A few children suggest that it may have been delivered to my home from the grocery store. Actually, all ideas are correct but I want to dig deeper into their understanding of the farm-to-table process. When prompted to question how the food got to the grocery store in the first place, some students have an ‘Aha’ moment realizing that the food must come from a farm while several other remain stuck at the point of the grocery store. This is where the investigation gets really fun. Green Moms Collective post.

 

Young farmer program extended

Farm Credit Canada is extending its loan program to help young farmers purchase or improve farmland and buildings for a third year. Launched in March 2012, the Young Farmer Loan Program offers qualified producers under 40, loans of up to $500,000 to purchase or improve farmland and buildings. The loan includes features to support their long-term success, including variable lending rates at prime plus 0.5 per cent, a special fixed rate if producers choose that avenue of repayment and no loan processing fees. FCC Express story.

 

New Brunswick: Tories promise resource centre; Liberals promise local food strategy

Premier David Alward is promising to establish an oil, gas and mining training centre in anticipation of major energy projects on the horizon. Alward says the Progressive Conservatives would spend $5.5 million to create the facility to give New Brunswickers the skills they’ll need to fill the jobs expected to come from developments such as the Energy East Pipeline. Liberal Leader Brian Gallant says his party would develop a local food and beverage strategy with input from the agriculture industry if elected in the Sept. 22 provincial election. Gallant says helping local producers tap into new markets would support sustainable development, create jobs and strengthen the relationship between rural and urban areas. Metronews.ca story.

 

Leaked CETA Treaty: Major Blow to Buy Local

Final draft language spells end of local procurement policies by all levels of Canadian governments. If one country is negotiating a treaty with a union of 27 countries, you might think that those 27 countries would have by far the most people in the negotiations. Not true for CETA: In some negotiations of the free trade deal between Canada and the European Union, Canadians have greatly outnumbered Europeans, one participant told the Tyee. The reason Canada sent so many people is that the provinces have a say in CETA, and they will be heavily affected by the deal. The treaty will open up public procurement not only at the national level, but also at the provincial and local level. CETA is going much further in this regard than any previous trade agreements signed by Canada. TheTyee.ca story.

 

4 Activities to get kids keen on gardening

My name’s Caitlin Eisenhauer, and this summer I’ve been working with the Ecology Action Centre’s Food team. Over the last few months, I’ve been developing and delivering a series of food related workshops to young families. Gardening is a great activity that the whole family can get involved in. Whatever your families level of interest is in gardening, there is always room to get the kids involved. It is a great learning tool that teaches kids about the natural world and responsibility. These workshops were done in partnership with a local family centre who provides programing for preschoolers and their families. Adventures in Local Food blog.

 

Here today, gone tomorrow: Pop-up restos will appear in Montreal

An international food experience will be offered this Sunday when Montreal adds its flavours to Restaurant Day, a temporary food service project where participants — amateur or professional — offer their food, emulating similar entrepreneurs in more than 50 countries. A total of 41 restaurants-for-a-day plan to operate this year in greater Montreal. Most of the “restaurants” will operate in the afternoon, offering a brunch or lunch experience in a host of different ethnic cuisines. The idea has taken hold in Montreal, where only 15 of these enterprises operated last year. Montreal Gazette story.

 

Community Food Centres Canada PSA on the Air

Community Food Centres Canada, a Sustain Ontario Member, has just posted a sneak preview of their new PSA that will be airing on TV for the first two weeks of September. The short video demonstrates the power of food literacy and food skills programs as ways to support healthy, inclusive communities. Sustain Ontario post.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

 

Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture, and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front

When most of us think of Canadian history, particularly Canada’s involvement in the Second World War, it is unlikely that food is what first comes to mind. However, Ian Mosby’s new—and first—book Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture, and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front invites readers to consider the primacy of food in the war effort in Canada. Mosby’s detailed and thoroughly researched account explores food as a material and symbolic resource that was instrumental in marshalling Canadians’ support for the war. Mosby also shows how the social, political, and economic changes related to food shaped the everyday lives of Canadians—particularly Canadian women—throughout the Second World War. Food Will Win the War is an important volume that fills a significant gap in the small, but growing, literature on Canada’s food history. Review by Jennifer Brady.

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