Alternative Avenues: Bringing Ontario Foods to Ontario Classrooms

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Author: Nicole van Riel

Posted: December 16, 2015

Categories: Edible Education Network / GoodFoodBites / Local Procurement / News from Sustain Members

Cover of Ecosource's "Alternative Avenues for Local Food in Schools" Report

Cover of Ecosource’s “Alternative Avenues for Local Food in Schools” Report. Click to go to the report download page.

Through the Alternative Avenues to Local Food Procurement in Ontario Schools project, Ecosource and Roots to Harvest worked with teachers, students and food service providers in Durham, Peel and Thunder Bay to develop and test strategies to incorporate local food procurement into secondary school food programs, while engaging students in food literacy education.

Ecosource and Roots to Harvest have just released their report on the project and are pleased to share the remarkable projects and findings that were uncovered through this work. The report outlines the current school food context in each region by considering how school food systems are shaped by multiple actors and what challenges and opportunities to local food procurement are in each region. To illustrate these opportunities and solutions to common challenges, they showcase and describe 7 local food pilot projects and developed 8 Ingredients for Success or guidelines for implementing local food projects.

You can find a video about the project here:
You can find the report here:

OEEN-logo-for-featured-image-RGBThe Ontario Edible Education Network (OEEN) is proud to have been a part of this important project. Together with Ecosource and Roots to Harvest, the OEEN hosted a webinar in June 2015 to have community stakeholders hear from teachers that are championing local food in their schools. You can find the webinar recording and recap with links to resources on our blog.