Local Food News — Ontario

How Hamilton got its food truck scene into high gear

Jordan Addeo’s plan seemed simple: sell gourmet tacos from his food truck, Food Man and Culture Boy. But within weeks of owning the truck, Addeo ran up against zoning and licensing bylaws that didn’t let him operate his truck in his hometown of Guelph. After finally getting a permit from the city, which he says took almost six months, Addeo parked his truck on a privately owned lot. Four days later, bylaw enforcement insisted on another inspection of the truck, and determined that it did not have the right number of garbage cans. In the meantime, Addeo couldn’t operate the truck in the city. The Agenda with Steve Paikin post.

 

The Wild Harvest: Frenzied Fad or Food Revolution?

But what’s really going on here? Is this just the latest trend? Or are we witnessing a food revolution? Will Stolz, is the coordinator with Ontario Nature’s Forest and Freshwater Food project in Thunder Bay. The two year project educates people about safe and sustainable foraging practices. Workshops occur in and out of the forest. “We sent out a survey and found that there was a lot of people interested in foraging for wild food- even hunting,” Stolz commented. Northern Hoot story.

 

Look to Ontario farmers for local food

When it comes to food, it’s increasingly clear where Ontario is headed. The province believes local food is what consumers want, and it’s reacting accordingly. Its current course is not the way a lot of modern mainstream farmers want it to proceed. They feel their needs aren’t being met by the province, and that consumers see them as environmentally insensitive. But unfortunately for farmers, when it comes to this issue, the horse has left the barn. They now need to find ways to coexist with a movement that is seeing them differently. Guelph Mercury post by Owen Roberts.

 

Ontario’s Local Food Report: 2014-15 Edition

Ontario’s agri-food sector is a powerful economic force, generating more than $34 billion in Gross Domestic Product and sustaining more than 780,000 jobs – about one in every nine jobs in the province. The sector has tremendous opportunity for growth with the potential to contribute even more to the Ontario economy. Expanding the market for local food – food grown or harvested in Ontario or made from Ontario ingredients – is critical to realizing this potential. In consultation with the industry, the government has developed a comprehensive Local Food Strategy to guide this effort. The strategy is designed to increase awareness of, access to and sales of local food. Report.

 

Cheese or peas: there’s a food festival for you this weekend

Whether your tastes run to triple-cream brie or vegan cream pies, there’s a delicious destination for you this weekend. In Picton, less than a three-hour drive from Ottawa, the fifth annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival will feature more than 150 cheeses from 40 Canadian artisan cheese producers, including the now almost-impossible-to-obtain Laliberté, the triple-cream brie that recently won best cheese in Canada. That festival, which regularly attracts about a third of its visitors from Ottawa, also includes a strong contingent of Ottawa-area producers and products. Ottawa Citizen story.

 

Markets foster a sense of community

It’s been a movement that has grown immensely over the last decade: buy local. There are many reasons to support the buy local movement and supporting our local merchants. Chiefly among them is strengthening the local economy and keeping your dollars close to home. It’s supporting jobs in our community, whether larger chains or ma and pa shops, and helping foster a sense of community. Grimsby Lincoln News editorial.

 

Successful organic co-operative sees milk supply siphoned away

Out Standing in our Field – Dairy farmer Andrea Cumpson speaks with pride about being part of the farmer-owned Organic Meadow co-operative. “Our heart and soul goes into a product we’re really proud of, that represents our farm and cows once it leaves.” The integrity of farmers like Andrea is a big reason that Organic Meadow has grown into a successful co-operative that sells milk and other organic dairy products across Canada. But that co-op is in trouble now, because the milk they produce is being siphoned away by competing corporations to sell under big brand names. Metroland Media Kingston story.

 

Conservation Behaviour and Attitudes in the Upper Thames and Grand River Watersheds

Analysis of the information provided by the 627 farm respondents found that farmers with larger land holdings exhibit more conservation-oriented behaviour. Interestingly, there was no statistical relationship found between farm size and farm respondent’s attitudes about conservation. The study found that farmers that have owned their land for a longer period of time exhibit more conservation-oriented behaviour and a stronger conservation ethic. It was also determined that farmers with higher debt loads tend to have lower conservation ethic scores and that older farmers exhibit more conservation-oriented behaviour than younger farmers. Stewardship Network of Ontario post.

 

Defining the Environmental Footprint

Funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster, researchers are currently working to gather and assimilate information to define the Canadian beef industry’s environmental footprint. This information will provide the beef industry with balanced, factual information to justify the environmental attributes of the Canadian Beef Advantage, assess the environmental goods and services provided by Canada’s beef industry, and identify ways in which different sectors of the industry can improve their environmental performance. The study will also enrich the Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability Assessment being done by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry post.

 

Committee Pushing For ALUS In Huron County

Huron County could be getting an Alternative Land Use Services program. The Huron County Water Protection Steering Committee is asking the county to help implement the program. ALUS involves compensating landowners, like farmers, for using sound environmental practices on their lands. Committee Chair Jim Ginn says the program requires the support of the broader community. ALUS programs are running in 5 Ontario municipalities, including Bruce and Grey Counties. Ginn feels it would make long-term sense for Huron to get behind the program as well. Blackburn AgriMedia story.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

 

Longest picnic table in the world

Come take part in the Durham Harvest Picnic—an exciting community collaboration for a cause! The longest picnic table in the world, accommodating more than 500 participants, will be set on Saturday, Augu st 15th, at the south end of Victoria Fields on Gordon St. in Whitby. On Friday, August 14th, a team of more than 100 volunteers will build the picnic table. After the event concludes, the wood and fasteners used to build the table will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Durham for the outside framing of four houses in Oshawa. Durham Festival post.

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