Farm to Cafeteria Canada

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Farm to Cafeteria Canada is a new national network that is working to get more local food activities happening in hospitals, schools, and universities. It is an ongoing, 15-month project that works to develop a network of rural producers, potential new farmers, food processors and food distributors to help institutions across Canada access local food.

For further details, please contact the national Farm to Cafeteria Canada team lead (farmtocafeteriasurvey@gmail.com) or email the Ontario Farm to Cafeteria Canada representative, Ravenna Nuaimy-Barker (ravenna@sustainontario.com)

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Participate in the first national Farm to Cafeteria Canada Survey!

Farm to Cafeteria Canada is conducting the first ever nationwide online survey of activities to bring local, nutritious and sustainably produced foods into schools, health care facilities, and universities/colleges. Activities may include: sourcing and purchasing local foods; growing, processing, preserving, and serving local foods; composting food wastes; promoting and/or teaching about local foods; and developing local food policies.

The survey will help describe the Farm to Cafeteria landscape across Canada and help inform strategic planning to better support these activities nationwide. There will be three surveys throughout the month of June 2012: a school survey, a healthcare survey and a campus survey.

 

Dig-In Webinar Series

The Farm to Cafeteria Canada Dig-In webinar series is designed to provide inspirational ideas, tools and resources for Farm to Cafeteria enthusiasts.  The 30-minute “mini webinars” will feature guest speakers who will engage the audience in lively dialogue on timely topics such as “Farm to Cafeteria: Canada Digs in”, “Local Food Procurement”, “Keeping the “Farm” in Farm to Cafeteria”, “Sustainable F2S Models”, “Food Safety: Debunking the Myths”, “Field to Plate in High School Cafeterias”, “Local Food on the Patient Tray”, ” Chefs Go Local”, and more…

Save the dates! “Dig In” webinars will be offered on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 3 pm EST.

Previous Webinars

April 16, 2013
Topic: “Local Food Procurement Policy and Free Trade Agreements”
Speakers: Ken Babich, Professional Procurement and Management Consulting Inc. and Kyra Bell-Pasht, CELA
WebEx Video Recording
Kyra’s Powerpoint Presentation
Additional Content

March 19, 2013
Topic: “Institutional Change from the Kitchen: How chefs are changing food procurement practices in hospitals and universities”
Speakers: Joshna Maharaj, Chef at Jackman Humanities Institute at UofT & Steve Golob, Chef at UBC
WebEx Video Recording
Steve’s Prezi Presentation
Additional Content

February 19, 2013
Topic: “Food Hubs – The Missing Link for Farm to Cafeteria”
Speaker: Julia Erlbaum, Founder and Principal Consultant at Real Food Colorado
WebEx Video Recording
Slideshow Presentation
Additional Content

January 15, 2013
Topic: “The Farm To Cafeteria Canada National Survey”
Speaker: Dr. Mary McKenna & Roxana Suchorolski, RD
WebEx Video Recording
Slideshow Presentation
Additional Content

November 20, 2012
Topic: “Organizing for food systems change: multi-stakeholder approaches and resources for food system innovators – on campus and off”
Speaker: Sarah English, Sierra Youth Coalition & Caitlin Colson, Meal Exchange
WebEx Video Recording
Slideshow
Additional Content

October 16, 2012
Topic: “The Broader Public Sector. Lessons from Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”
Speaker:
Franco Naccarato, Program Manager, Greenbelt Fund
WebEx Video Recording
Prezi Presentation
Additional Content

September 18th, 2012
Topic:
“Change from the Ground Up: How a Community Greenhouse enhances Food Security and Farm-School in the Canadian Rockies“
Speaker
: Ally Candy–Greenhouse Educator, Groundswell Network Society & Alison Bell, David Thompson Secondary School, Invermere, BC
WebEx Recording
Slideshow
Additional Content

August 21st, 2012
Topic:
“Farm to Cafeteria- Canada Digs in!”
Speaker: Joanne Bays, National Manager, Farm to Cafeteria Canada
WebEx Recording
Slideshow
Additional Content

May 15th, 2012
Topic: Healthy Food, Healthy Living: Strengthening Local Food Connections in Healthcare”
Speakers: Heather Fletcher – Food Service Manager, St Michael’s Hospital; Elena Hall – Green Team Member & Seed to Feed Organizer, University Health Network; Franco Naccarato – Program Manager, Broader Public Sector Investment Fund
WebEx Recording
Slideshow
A short video of the Seed to Feed Project

In the News

Check out CBCs coverage of hospital food. View the full article “Hospital Food Revolution Takes Root” for more details.

Institutional Procurement Projects

Guelph Wellington Local Food has created a series of 6 videos that feature local champions. The series, Local Food – Beyond the Market, will help you find some great ways to infuse more local into your menus. To see more videos, go to the Guelph Wellington Broader Sector Project page

Simcoe County Farm Fresh conducted a report in response to the recognition that gaps in local food distribution is a common barrier to get the food grown and produced in Simcoe County out to those how want to buy it. The research was funded by the Broader Public Sector fund but the outcomes are applicable to both the private and public sectors.