‘Farmland Forever’ Forum to address Practical Actions for Preserving Ontario Farms, April 8
“Farmland Forever – Help Make It Happen!” is a call for more action on farmland preservation in Ontario, and the theme of the upcoming 12th annual Ontario Farmland Forum, being held April 8th at Bingemans Conference Centre, Kitchener. OFT’s annual Farmland Forum is a place that brings together government, non-government and community stakeholders to network, share and learn about emerging policy innovations and practical approaches that advance the permanent protection of farmland. Ontario Farmland Trust website.
Hungry for spring, Seedy Sunday draws at least 1,000 people
The seventh edition of Seedy Sunday, put on by the Sudbury Horticultural Society and its partners, attracted record crowds, with about 1,200 people passing through the Parkside Centre on, you guessed it, Sunday. Master gardeners were on hand to give formal talks and answer all the ‘seedy’ questions people had about farming. Organizer Stuart McCall, of McGrow Farms, said at least part of the popularity of Seedy Sunday is it reminds people that spring is near. There’s a growing awareness, McCall said, about the importance of eating food not only grown closer to home, but that’s less processed and healthier for families. Northern Life story
Ketchup fight shines a light on local food and local jobs
Premier Kathleen Wynne made a public point of buying French’s ketchup this week, noting her government provided financial aid to keep the processing plant going after Heinz closed up shop. “Something is happening,” Charlebois said. “There’s some convergence in the marketplace that really allows for this phenomena to occur.” Neil Currie, general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, said people in the industry began seeing the impact of the local food movement a few years ago. Toronto Sun story.
OFA champions food literacy with new online resource
A new food literacy site launched today to help young people learn to make healthy food choices that will improve the future health of Ontarians. Promoting greater food literacy is the driver behind SixbySixteen.me – the new site developed by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). Food literacy is a key objective in the National Food Strategy®, developed by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture with OFA. The new Six by Sixteen site is designed to help Ontario teenagers learn to plan and prepare six nutritious meals by the time they are 16. Ontario Federation of Agriculture post.
Cramahe Recognizes Top Businesses Of 2015
The 2015 Cramahe New Business of the Year is the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre. Formally opened last spring with a celebration attended by Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs Jeff Leal and MPP Lou Rinaldi, the Venture Centre is the first of its kind in Ontario. A partnership between federal, provincial and municipal governments, the facility is run by the Economic Development department of Northumberland County. It is a not-for-profit small-batch food processing facility that encourages innovation & entrepreneurship in order to support and advance a sustainable regional local food economy. Northumberland View story.
You can ‘borrow’ seeds from the Windsor Public Library
Windsor residents will be able to “borrow” seeds from the Forest Glade branch of the Windsor Public Library later this month. A seed bank there is tentatively scheduled to open March 21, just in time for spring planting. Peltier said the branch will start with 50 varieties of vegetables, herbs and native plants, but he hopes that will grow to 250. He said the idea is that those who borrow the seeds, germinate their own seeds, and then return those to the library for someone else to use. CBC News story.
Phelpston Farm Receives An Award
Nicholyn Farms in Phelpston in Springwater Township has received an award for being an Outstanding Farm Market by the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association. The farm is run by Nicholas and Lynda Van Casteren and has been in operation for 34 years, employing 19 people. The farm is 130 acres and produces pork, beef, chicken and lamb without antibiotics or growth hormones. And the 3,000 square foot market building offers what’s grown and raised on site, but also offerings from 75 other producers. Bayshore Broadcasting story.
Food System Sustainability
MEALsource has been recognized for its ground-breaking work to advance opportunities for local food producers to become engaged in the healthcare contract process. Using the power of the dollar, we have helped increase purchases of local, sustainable foods that contribute to a more resilient local food system, while bringing more local fruits, vegetables and protein to the table for our Members’ patients. We track and report on Product of Ontario contract items. With the roll out of the Local Food Act in Ontario, it is important for our membership to access this information easily. Therefore, all of our award reports identify whether a product is “Product of Ontario” based on the current OMAFRA definition. St. Joseph’s Health System post.
A New Festival Will Be Wonderfully Cheesy
Local food lovers will get to experience a new upcoming festival about all things cheesy. The inaugural Dairy Capital Cheese Festival is coming to Woodstock in April. It will feature some amazing local food and beverages to sample and of course the focus will be on local cheese. Event Planner with Bonafide Events Studio Jessica Faria tells Heart FM what you will experience at the festival. 104.7 Heart FM story.
Soup-er Girl Success Begins on the Caledon Local Food Scene
Market goers to the Orangeville, Inglewood, Erin and Brampton Farmers’ Markets are eagerly buying Soup Girl products at their weekly markets. Retailers across the Golden Horseshoe and beyond are now carrying Soup Girl products. Let’s meet the force behind this flourishing food business: Jennifer Clark. Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance post.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME
Watch “The Scarecrow,” the companion film for Chipotle’s new app-based game. Then download the free app at http://www.scarecrowgame.com and join the quest for wholesome, sustainable food. The song “Pure Imagination” performed by Grammy Award®–winning artist Fiona Apple, is available for download on iTunes. Chipotle Mexican Grill animation.