Part-Time Contract Position: July 2012 to October 2012 – 15 hrs/wk (This is currently a short-term contract, with potential for longer term
employment, based on funding)
Rate of Pay: $18/hour
Application Deadline: July 24th, 2012 at 12pm.
Afri-Can FoodBasket is looking for a passionate community organizer with food project and/or neighborhood-based organizing experience in Toronto’s low income diverse communities. This individual will work with communities of the Greater Toronto Area to increase food access primarily through urban agriculture and youth leadership development. We are looking for a Part-Time Volunteer Coordinator who is sensitive, energetic and creative and who shares our commitment to food justice and youth leadership development through food security. The Volunteer Coordinator will manage all elements of volunteering on behalf of the organization. The role involves assessing the organization’s needs, and then meeting those needs through the recruitment, placement and retention of volunteers. Read more »
Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP) has officially launched The Search for the Ultimate Burger, a quest to find Ontario’s Finest Burgers in six protein categories – veal, turkey, beef, chicken, lamb and pork. The Ultimate Burger will be crowned at the OIMP annual conference in November.
Entries can be fresh or frozen, but must be a ground product, use only Ontario protein, and be processed in Ontario by an OIMP member. In Round 1 of judging, the six proteins will compete amongst themselves, as separated into fresh or frozen, to determine Ontario’s Finest Burger in each meat category. However, in the final round of judging the proteins will compete against each other, in both a “fresh” and “frozen” competition, with one winner from each rising to the top to be crowned The Ultimate Burger.
Fresh burgers will be judged on consumer appeal, taste and texture with the winners being promoted to consumers through traditional and social media networks. Frozen burgers are being judged on yield, taste and texture and winners will be promoted to foodservice operators and distributors.
By Stephanie Verkoeyen
Award-winning American breadmaker Dawn Woodward first came to Canada in the late 1990s. Ten years later, she and her husband, Ed Rek, made the move permanent. Very much rooted in farm to table, the couple was excited to find a diverse and dedicated local food movement in Toronto. After visiting several farmers’ markets, Dawn noticed that, while breads had their place in the markets, there was an auspicious absence of crackers. Coupled with the discovery of locally produced Red Fife Whole Wheat, a once endangered heritage wheat, Ed and Dawn quickly moved to fill this void. Since that day four years ago, Evelyn’s Crackers, named after the pair’s young daughter, continues to grow, along with the desire and expectations for local food. Read more »
The 2nd Annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference will take place on November 22, 2012 at the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus. This year’s theme is “Collaborating for Success”.
The keynote address will be “Collaborating for Success – the Value Chain Model and Profitability” by Terry Ackerman. This address will provide a practical guide to creating and building profitable value chains based on real life examples of successful value chains in Canada.
This is an invitation to submit proposals for breakout sessions that contribute to the theme. We welcome proposals that:
- Profile successful business models in agriculture and food
- Demonstrate innovative practices
- Report on significant regional or provincial initiatives
- Deliver technical content that will benefit businesses in the sector (e.g. financing, marketing, production, business management, planning, coalition building, etc.)
- Encourage networking/partnership building between stakeholders Read more »
Join Dr. Davis for a live chat about his best-selling book, Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health — ask questions, find out more about wheat-free diets and be a part of the discussion, Friday, July 6 at 1 p.m. ET.