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Author: Kyle L. McGregor

Posted: May 23, 2010

Categories: News from Sustain Ontario

  • How to Sprout in 3 Easy Ways, May-June Series
  • Foodlink Waterloo Launches Annual Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Campaign May 22
  • Brewers Plate — Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt, May 26
  • City Farmer Book Launch, May 26
  • Canadian Association for Food Studies 2010 Conference, May 28 – 30
  • 2010 National Summit on a People-Centred Economy, May 30 – June 1
  • Feast & Famine: Shifting to a Sustainable, June 1
  • Rural Ontario Institute Launch, June 1
  • Toronto Urban Growers, June 4
  • Guelph Wellington Local Food Fest, June 27
  • Growing Out of Hunger, July 13, BC

Perspectives on good food and farming by Elbert van Donkersgoed
May 21, 2010

How to Sprout in 3 Easy Ways, May-June Series

You will learn proven, easy and effective ways to grow fresh, energy boosting and exceptional sprouts guaranteed. You will get personal training, special perks and your own starter kit. There is an informative 1.5 hour workshop taking place each day of Friday May 7, 14, 28 and Jun 11, 25 from 6:30-8 PM (each workshop is a repeat of the first one) at FoodCycles city farm.

Local Foods Documentary to be Screened on Capitol Hill, May 21

The National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association and FRESH are sponsoring a special screening of FRESH for our legislators. Has FRESH inspired you?  It will also inspire those who make our laws. The food safety bill is in front of the Senate right now.  FRESH will educate our legislators on the benefits of a local food system threatened by S 510. Let’s get our Senators and Representatives there so they can see and understand the unintended consequences S 510 would have on our small farms.Hartke is Online blog.

Foodlink Waterloo Launches Annual Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Campaign May 22

Foodlink invites members of the public to attend the launch of its 2010 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map which will take place at the Kitchener Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 22, 10am-noon.  There will be a table set up by the new demo kitchen (upper level) where the Farmhouse to Table series will be running. Free copies of the new map will be available from representatives of Foodlink throughout the morning.  Be among the first to get your copy, and pick up some great local food at the same time! Kitchener Farmers Market website. Online map.

Brewers Plate — Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt, May 26

A local, sustainable spring feast featuring many of Toronto’s most distinguished chefs, brewers, food artisans and farmers. Join Patron David Crombie for a very special evening of taste revelations in a stunning historic venue — with live jazz music from the Gillian Margot Trio. Wednesday May 26th 2010 at 7pm. Hart House, University of Toronto. Details.

City Farmer Book Launch, May 26

Please join author and gardening guru Lorraine Johnson at the launch of her new book, City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing. Passionate and humorous, City Farmer explores the innovative ways–from balcony gardens to raising backyard chickens–that urban dwellers are reimagining our cities as places of bountiful food production. Details

Canadian Association for Food Studies 2010 Conference, May 28 – 30

Opening Plenary:  “Rethinking what to put on our plates”
Food Studies: A (Scholarly) World of Translatable Concepts?
Marc Charron, School of Translation and Interpretation, University of Ottawa
Towards food sovereignty. Local food systems and public policies in Quebec and Ontario
Jean-Frédéric Lemay [ Équiterre]  and Kausar Ashraf (Centre for Trade Policy and Law, Carleton University)
Le concept de l’assiette comestible: étude de la matière et de pratiques alimentaires durables
Diane Bisson, Professeure agrégée, École de design industriel, Université de Montréal
Concordia University, Montréal. Program.

2010 National Summit on a People-Centred Economy, May 30 – June 1

From cooperatives that have existed for more than a century, to the latest innovative social enterprises, citizen-led efforts to build a people-centred economy are rich in their history and diversity. In the face of recent economic turmoil and growing ecological crises, these approaches are more relevant than ever. The 2010 National Summit on a People-Centred Economy will be an unprecedented gathering of leaders and representatives of the community economic development, cooperative and social economy sectors to build a common agenda and mobilize action for a secure, sustainable economy that puts people and the planet first. Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. The Canadian CED Network conference website.

Feast & Famine: Shifting to a Sustainable, June 1

Featured Panelists:

Professor Harriet Friedmann, Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Rosemary McCarney, President & CEO, Plan Canada

Dr. Wayne Roberts, Toronto Food Policy Council

Margaret Webb, author of Apples to Oysters – A food lovers tour of Canadian farms

Canadian International Council, Toronto Branch event.

Rural Ontario Institute Launch, June 1

It’s time to celebrate the new Rural Ontario Institute… and we’re having a party!  Please plan to join us on Tuesday, June 1st as we host an afternoon Open House to officially launch the Rural Ontario Institute. Website

***NEW***Toronto Urban Growers, June 4

Spring has arrived and it’s time to get the TUG group together again. We invite you to join us for a potluck where we’ll share updates, have some fun and EAT GOOD FOOD! Please note that this is an optional potluck, so if you’re not able to bring anything – you’re still welcome to join the fun. We’ll be meeting at FoodShare (90 Croatia Street) on Friday, June 4th at 5:30pm-7:30pm. Aimee Carson contact.

Fred Eaglesmith at The New Farm: Benefit Concert and BBQ, June 5

Calling all Fredheads! The New Farm hosts acclaimed musician Fred Eaglesmith for a one-night-only show. The unforgettable evening will feature food, music and good times in the farm’s century-old barn, with all proceeds going to The Stop. The 100% local and organic meal, prepared by Stop chefs Scott MacNeil and Chris Brown, will feature slow-roasted pork, roots and salads from the New Farm, as well as Mapleton’s organic ice cream. Wine and Creemore Springs beer available at a cash bar. Details.

Stewardship Forum 2010: International Year of Biodiversity, June 8

The annual Stewardship Network Ontario Forum at Black Creek Pioneer Village is planned for June 8th, 2010. Dr. John Howard, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine in the Schulich School of Medicine and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Association for Physicians for the Environment will explore how our care for the environment has been eclipsed by health care despite the fact that when the environment is ignored, the result is poorer human health. Details from Tiffany Roschkow.

Workshop on Economics of Local Food Markets, New Jersey, June 15 & 16

Local Food Markets is a high-visibility issue area distinguished by a number of economic and marketing questions that demand research-based answers. The goal of the workshop is to highlight current research and bring together researchers, extension educators, private sector participants, and policy makers to exchange ideas and develop a common set of priority research and education needs for local food systems. The synthesis of ideas that result from this workshop will be disseminated in a variety of relevant outlets to encourage collaboration on local foods research and extension. The format will include two thematic sessions emphasizing rural and urban local food issues. Each session will begin with a presentation by an invited speaker selected for expertise in practical or theoretical aspects of local food markets. About the workshop.

***NEW***Food share annual General Meeting and Open House, June 19

Details on website

***NEW***Guelph Wellington Local Food Fest, June 27

Mark your calendar for this year’s 5th annual Fest.  We are still looking for volunteers for various positions at this event. If you are interested contact.

Growing Out of Hunger, July 13, BC

Find out how this former professional basketball player, corporate sales executive and urban farmer is feeding 10,000 people and starting a community food revolution out of his inner-city farms in Milwaukee and Chicago. Winner of the $500,000 MacArthur Genius Fellowship in 2008, Will Allen is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved urban populations. Details Simon Fraser University website.

Growing Power’s National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference, September 10 to 12, Milwaukee

Come to Milwaukee and help grow the good food revolution. Hosted by Growing Power—a national organization headed by the sustainable urban farmer and MacArthur Fellow Will Allen—this international conference will teach the participant how to plan, develop and grow small farms in urban and rural areas. Learn how you can grow food year-round, no matter what the climate, and how you can build markets for small farms. See how you can play a part in creating a new food system that fosters better health and more closely-knit communities. Conference website.

Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival, September 25-26, Stratford

Renowned Canadian chefs, award-winning food writers, local farmers and artisans, exclusive Ontario VQA wines, craft brews and Stratford’s musical artists invite you to come join them to celebrate glorious food. Wander farmers markets in search of edible treasures, hands-on culinary demonstrations for adults and kids, outdoor musical concerts, street carnivals, theatre and an authentic Perth County BBQ. Continue with more concerts, street carnivals, culinary demonstrations and York Street Tasting with over 30 chefs paired with 30 local producers and VQA wines for an afternoon of sampling and imbibing in tents. It all happens in Stratford’s historic downtown shopping and garden district. Details on the Savour Stratford website.

***NEW***FlavourFest, October 5 -11

Experience the flavours of Norfolk County, where local farmers, growers and chefs come together to promote their produce and culinary skills.  There are live cooking shows with celebrity chefs and local talent, meet the Two Fairly Fat Guys, and shop the FlavourFest market to take home products with you. At Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show in Simcoe, ON. Happy Eating!! 1-800-699-9038, website.

2nd European Sustainable Food Planning Conference, October 29-30

Planning for sustainable food production and consumption is an increasingly important issue for policymakers, planners, designers, farmers, suppliers, activists, business and scientists alike. In the wider contexts of global climate change, a world population of 9 billion and growing, competing food production systems and diet‐related public health concerns, are there new paradigms for urban and rural planning capable of supporting sustainable and equitable food systems? University of Brighton (UK) website.

Faith and the Future of the Countryside 2010, November 3 to 5, Swanwick, Derbyshire, UK

A major ecumenical conference exploring the sustainability of rural communities and their churches, and making recommendations for their future. This event will also mark 20 years from the publication of Faith in the Countryside and the completion of the Archbishop’s Commission on Rural Areas. Four conference themes of rural communities, economy, environment and rural church reflect the breadth of issues covered in the original report. Church of England website.

Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges, March 22 to 24, 2010

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is hosting an International Greenbelts Conference in Toronto, Canada, March 22nd – 24th, 2011. Through the sharing of diverse experience and perspectives, the Conference will spark new ideas about the possibilities that greenbelts offer, and generate new ways of tackling some of the complex challenges in near urban farming, rural vibrancy, and protecting our ecosystems and the numerous benefits they provide. Website.

Sustain Ontario Calendar of Events

FarmStart Current Events & Workshops

The Stop Community Food Centre Events Calendar

AND in case you have time

Compost service for urbanites, with soil in return

Composting may be the right thing to do for the environment, but it can be hard to get around the smell and the mess—particularly for urbanites without expansive yards. Much like the Daily Dump in India—which, by the way, looks to be thriving since our 2007 coverage—Compost Cab is a new service about to launch in Washington, DC, that can be called upon to handle all the dirty details. Springwise story.