Happy New Year! Keep in touch throughout 2022

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: January 10, 2022

Categories: GoodFoodBites / School Food News

Happy New Year!

We hope you and yours had a safe, relaxing & nourishing holiday season.

We’d like to take this time to remind you that if you have any Ontario food & farming news, stories, events or opportunities you’d like us to share throughout 2022, please get in touch: https://sustainontario.com/contact-us/

As we look back on 2020-2021, we are proud of the work we’ve accomplished together to address challenges brought on by the pandemic. As a few examples — we launched a Buy Local Food Across Ontario website to support regional buy-local initiatives; our Community Growing Network helped to successfully advocate for the safe re-opening of community gardens; our Buy Local Food Network, in collaboration with Farmers’ Markets Ontario, successfully advocated for the safe reopening of farmers’ markets; our Edible Education Network hosted webinars to bring folks together to discuss how school food programs were adapting to school closures and restrictions (the Network launched a monthly School Food newsletter, too).

In 2021, Sustain also employed doctoral researcher Kirsti Tasala to support three different regions via the project Catalysing Network Change: Exploring Practical Tools to Spark Food Network Action — with funding support from Mitacs and Innoweave. Sustain Ontario also collaboratively developed and released a Policy Brief to support Bill 216 (Food Literacy for Students Act, 2020). And we continued to work with Farm to Cafeteria Canada on supporting farm to school efforts, which included participating in the release of a Farm to School Canada Evaluation Framework.

We look forward to continuing to work with all of you to push for productive, equitable and sustainable food and farming systems that support the health and wellbeing of all people in Ontario. Thank you for your continued support.