Grow Local! Grow Strong!

The Local Organic Food Co-operatives Network hosts an annual Assembly bringing togethe farm and food co-ops from across the province. The Assembly is an event in which emerging and established co-operatives explore possibilities for collaboration and affirm aligned visions for sustainability, stewardship and co-operation. The 7th Annual Assembly of the LOFC Network promises to be a great event. Two Full days of peer-to-peer workshops and facilitated open space sessions, nourished by healthy and delicious meals in a cozy retreat setting.

February 23-24, 2016 at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph, Ontario

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Partnership Event – February 22, 2016 at Loyola House
Ignatius Centre, Guelph, Ontario

Fair Financing for Local Food and Farms” is a full day session and a partnership event with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the Local Organic Food Co-ops Network. The various workshops and plenaries will explore innovative and adaptable forms of finance. Conversations with lenders and funders will explore various financing sources and how to build meaningful dialogue.

 

Local Sustainable Food Procurement in Municipalities and the Broader Public Sector

This toolkit developed by Sustain Ontario is geared towards Ontario municipalities and BPS institutions looking to initiate sustainable procurement policies and programs in their regions. By providing examples of policy language and analyzing perceived barriers to local sustainable food procurement (specifically policy and trade agreements), this toolkit equips good food advocates, industry stakeholders, and civil servants with facts and case studies to demonstrate the potential for effective, compliant procurement practices that invest in local sustainable food. In addition, we have compiled an accompanying workbook to provide useful documents to support action-planning!

Read more and download the toolkit here

Field notes for social change: a conversation with Raj Patel

Upcoming Webinar
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
12-1pm EST

Join Community Food Centres Canada for a webinar that explores how social change actually happens. In this one hour webinar, Raj Patel—an award-winning writer, activist, and academic—will deliver lessons from the frontlines of the food justice movement. He has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller. CFCC’s Nick Saul will moderate the discussion.
This webinar interrogates the question: where does social transformation come from? We’ll explore successes and failures of various facets of the food movement in the global North and South, and we’ll unpack how different actors — individuals, organizations, businesses and governments — have championed change.

Register Here!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact mara@cfccanada.ca

Resistance

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

November 18, 4:45-7pm, at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

Antibiotics were first massed-produced in the 1940s and their ability to fight and kill bacteria revolutionized medicine and profoundly impacted everything from agriculture to war. After less than 80 years, however, these miracle drugs are failing. Resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year and there are now dozens of so-called Superbugs each with its own challenges and costs. How did this happen? Using microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights RESISTANCE clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide.

The MSH/UHN Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is hosting a documentary screening and panel discussion around the movie Resistance, on November 18, 2015, as part of Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015. Read more or register

Food Access, Housing Security and Community Connections: A Case Study of Peterborough, Ontario

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Peterborough

New Report Shows Food Insecurity a Growing Concern for Peterborough

Researchers Say Now is the Time for New Approaches

A new report entitled Food Access, Housing Security and Community Connections: A Case Study of Peterborough, Ontario was released today by Carleton and Trent University academics, in association with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier Universityfood insecurity

The report concludes that the community of Peterborough is doing many things right when it comes to addressing food insecurity and housing insecurity, but that the issues are not going away and may even be getting worse. It argues that it is time for some new, cross-cutting, approaches.

“Peterborough was chosen for this study because it faces challenges when it comes to both food insecurity and housing insecurity,” said Dr. Peter Andrée of Carleton University and lead author of the report. “Despite this, Peterborough is home to a vibrant collection of community-based initiatives working to address these issues alongside City and County governments.”

The report identifies household food insecurity as a growing issue in Peterborough City and County. Food insecurity research shows that 11.5% of households in the City and County of Peterborough are food insecure, an increase from the 10% reported in 2013. In 2011, 26% of households (including 48% of rental households) in Peterborough paid at least 30% of their income on housing (Statistics Canada, 2014). Because of insufficient affordable housing and low average wages, renters earning the average Peterborough wage of $18/hour had to work longer than in any other Canadian city to cover the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment.

“When people are forced to choose between food and shelter, housing is often paid for first, leaving families hungry at the end of the month,” noted Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health and Chair of the Peterborough Food Action Network. “Clearly, the common denominator between the issues of food access and housing insecurity is insufficient income to make ends meet”.

The report concludes that all levels of government need to take the issue of income security much more seriously. It is time to take action on Living Wage and social assistance rates, and explore the potential of a Basic Income Guarantee.

Download the report [pdf 949 KB]

For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
705-743-1000, ext. 391
bcadence@pcchu.ca

Dr. Peter Andrée
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 1953
Peter.Andree@carleton.ca

 

Art and the Urban Farm: Yorklands Green Hub event

We live in a time of great change in our city. As artists, we may feel moved to capture the old Guelph before it is transformed. Yorklands Green Hub would like to invite artists to the former Guelph Corrections Centre before it undergoes large-scale repurposing, for a day of…

En Plein Air

Sunday, September 27, 2015 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Artists of all ages and skill levels are welcome to use any media of their choosing (wet, dry, photography, etc.) to capture the landscape of the 47 acres of heritage land of the former Guelph Correctional Centre—before it is transformed into a self-sustaining education, demonstration, innovation and research hub that will focus on the importance and practice of sustainable food production, wise water use and protection, wetland research, energy conservation and renewable energies on a heritage site.

Then, exhibit your framed work at 10 Carden Street, at the

En Plein Air Art Exhibit

from October 2nd to 8th! Read more

En Plien Air pdf (2.4 MB)

Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference

November 4 – 5, 2015 | Belleville, ON

A conference designed to facilitate stronger relationships among local food groups, challenge obstacles to growth as well as provide technical information on key topics. Local food initiatives have been innovative in running their businesses, adapting practices and looking for partners to be successful in this rapidly growing sector. Join the ‘Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference‘ to share information, learn about success stories and gather information on innovative local food businesses, projects and best practices. For more information: http://eastontlocalfood.ca/

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Ecological Farmers of Ontario: Summer Field Days, Farm Tours and Workshops

What a busy summer of Ecological Farmers of Ontario events, with field days and farm tours and workshops across Ontario—bees and goats and poultry and beef and seeds and potatoes and squash and grains and soil … oh my!

Read the full list, and register your support for EFO!

Our Food Project from Ecology Action Centre

The Ecology Action Centre has released its 2014-2015 report and highlights.

There you will find evidence of the impact EAC has throughout their community, including the Cost-Share CSA, the Photovoice Project, storysharing, workshops, and co-hosting   Food Secure Canada’s 8th National Assembly. Read more

Summer Jobs at FoodShare

School Grown Facilitator

Number of positions available: 2
* Note: This is a Canada Summer Jobs position.  Applicants must be 30 years of age or under, currently attending school full-time and returning to school full-time in the fall. *

Position Overview

FoodShare Toronto is looking to hire an energetic and experienced youth facilitator to assist in the operation of our schoolyard market gardens. The School Grown Facilitator will work alongside the School Grown Senior Coordinator and our fourteen high school youth employees in a small-scale farming operation with an educational mandate.

The ideal candidate would have demonstrated experience working with high school youth (ages 16 to 19) and enjoy outdoor work. Previous experience with gardening or farming is not essential, but the candidate must have a willingness to learn, a strong work ethic and a positive energy. We will teach you what we know and provide opportunities to further your learning.

Urban Agriculture Assistant

FoodShare Toronto is looking for a 30.5hrs/wk Urban Agriculture Assistant for a summer eight week job to work with our urban agriculture team in our demonstrations, which include our outdoor gardens, greenhouse, composting system and rooftop garden. This individual must have strong experience and skill in growing food, leading workshops and working with volunteers.

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