For all children and youth in Ontario to have healthy food environments, where they experience equal access to healthy and sustainably produced food and where food literacy is supported through a range of educational and hands-on activities.
To bring together individuals and groups in Ontario that are connecting children and youth with healthy food systems. The network seeks to better enable these champions to share resources, ideas, and experience, work together on advocacy, and facilitate efforts across the province to get children and youth eating, growing, cooking, celebrating, and learning about healthy, local and sustainably produced food.
Such champions may include not-for-profit organizations, public health units, farmers, teachers, administrators, food service employees, and many others.
For many years educators, parents, and organizations across Ontario have undertaken important work to improve food environments for children and youth. Many others have wanted to initiate such efforts but have lacked the resources or the expertise.
The Ontario Edible Education Network developed out of the need for better coordination, information sharing, and advocacy among these individuals and groups to:
As a network, we believe in:
That all children and youth:
Which will enable them to make smart healthy choices, and carry these learned skills through life.
The Ontario Edible Education Network is governed by three leadership bodies: the Steering Committee, the Advisory, and the Network Chair.
Here we are, the 10th and final post of our Local Food Literacy blog series! We hope you have been able to harvest some good tips, information and resources along the way from our Local Food Literacy in Schools FAQ Guide, developed by Sustain Ontario, Ecosource, FoodShare and Roots to Harvest. For our last blog post […]read more
With summer approaching and another school year about to come to an end, the next post in our Local Food Literacy blog series takes a look at a common dilemma teachers can face when trying to implement school growing initiatives… Q: How can I deal with the mismatch between the growing season and the school […]read more
We’re now at #8 out of 10 posts in our Local Food Literacy blog series! Thanks to all who have joined the conversation so far on Twitter and shared the blog posts. Next up, we’re going to take a look at another important aspect of local food education in schools — health and safety: Q: Our […]read more
Traditionally, youth voices have been ignored in political discourse in the lead-up to elections, this year Laidlaw Foundation wants to change that. On May 7th, 2018 at the Daniels Spectrum, Laidlaw Foundation will be hosting a Youth-Focused Town Hall alongside their partners For Youth Initiative, the Citizen Empowerment Project, Ryerson Democratic Engagement Exchange, Toronto Youth Cabinet, Apathy […]read more
The RFP “Engage North American Youth to Prevent, Recover and Recycle Food Loss and Waste” has been posted in the CEC website. Please consider to share this RFP within your networks and feel free to distribute these links as appropriate. Here are the links to the RFP: English: http://www.cec.org/about-us/opportunities/engage-north-american-youth-prevent-recover-and-recycle-food-loss-and-waste Spanish: http://www.cec.org/es/acerca-de-la-cca/empleos/favorecimiento-de-la-participaci%C3%B3n-de-ni%C3%B1os-y-j%C3%B3venes-de-am%C3%A9rica-del-norte-en-la-prevenci%C3%B3n-de-la-p%C3%A9rdida-y-el-desperdicio-de-alimentos-as%C3%AD-como-su-recuperaci%C3%B3n-y-reciclaje French: http://www.cec.org/fr/qui-sommes-nous/emplois/mobiliser-les-jeunes-nord-am%C3%A9ricains-dans-la-pr%C3%A9vention-du-gaspillage-d%E2%80%99aliments-et-la-r%C3%A9cup%C3%A9rationrecyclage-des-d%C3%A9chets-alimentairesread more
We’re at our 6th blog post now in the Local Food Literacy blog series! Most recently we looked at getting local food into our schools and on our cafeteria menus, but this time we’re going to focus on engaging students directly with the purchasing process… Q: How do I help my students to navigate a grocery store, […]read more
The previous blog post in our Local Food Literacy blog series offered some farm-to-school inspiration by sharing stories about exemplary cafeterias. There are so many schools across the province and country that are doing what they can to put local food on their school menus. But what if you just don’t know where to get started? […]read more
Next up in our blog post series on bringing Local Food Literacy into Ontario schools, we take a closer look at getting local food into our schools. Let’s turn to some exemplary cafeterias for some farm-to-school inspiration! Q: Students need to not only learn about local foods in the classroom, they also need to be […]read more
March 1st, 2018 (TORONTO) – On March 1st at 2:30pm, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will be taking part in the Great Big Crunch to bring attention to the issue of children’s nutrition. The Great Big Crunch, founded and coordinated by FoodShare Toronto(link is external), is a signature event that sends a delicious message for […]read more
Join us for our next Unpacking Food Literacy webinar! In 2016, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), along with an advisory committee consisting of the Nutrition Resource Centre at the Ontario Public Health Association, the Ontario Home Economics Association, AgScape and Farm and Food Care Ontario, undertook research to gain a better understanding of food […]read more