Register for the Ontario Farm to School Challenge Webinar on Sept. 24

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Author: Jenn Kucharczyk

Posted: September 18, 2013

Categories: GoodFoodBites / News from Sustain Ontario / Webinars

Join us on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 3:30pm EDT when, in the lead-up to the October 1st launch of Ontario’s Farm to School Challenge, farm to school program leaders will come together to share their own stories of success that are set to inspire schools and help them access the tools they need to set the table for local foods.

Register now!

Webinar Description

This webinar will feature Stephanie Segave and Jillian McCallum of VON Canada, along with chef Robert Catherine and Mike Turnbull from the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor.  They will present their exciting pilot farm-to-school projects in Windsor and southwestern Ontario that include a team of secondary students preparing food for the Meals on Wheels and Student Nutrition Programs as part of a culinary, co-operative learning program.  The projects are building community connections between food rescue programs such as Plentiful Harvest, varieties of food banks, and hands-on education.  More information about this project can be found in an article from The Windsor Star,  as well as by watching the following YouTube video:

During this webinar, we will also hear from Megan Hunter, Communications and Program Manager with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Greenbelt Fund, who will demonstrates how schools can use the Marketplace, a unique business-to-business network that connects local farmers with institutions, to buy more local food from Ontario producers.

On October 1st the Ontario Farm to School Challenge will launch.  This program, initiated by FoodShare Toronto and Sustain Ontario with support from the Greenbelt Fund, encourages Ontario schools to increase local food in school food programs.

By participating in the Ontario Farm to School Challenge and choosing to buy Ontario products, schools:

  • Help to support Ontario farmers and producers
  • Educate students of all ages about the wonderful and good things that grow in Ontario
  • Spread the word that Ontario produces heaps of good, healthy food that children and youth can enjoy all year long
  • Benefit the environment
  • And are entered for a chance to win exciting prizes for their school

Sign up for the webinar in preparation of the F2S launch!

To learn more about the Ontario Farm to School Challenge and how to get involved, visit

See and share the media release [PDF].

This webinar will be held Tuesday September 24, 2013 at 3:30pm and will be 60 minutes long. Register now!