It’s about the protection and potential of Canada’s gardens.
“Founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986, Slow Food became an international association in 1989. It now boasts 85 000 members, offices (in order of creation) in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, USA, France, Japan and the United Kingdom and supporters in 130 countries.
Slow Food believes in recognizing the importance of pleasure connected to food. We should learn to enjoy the vast range of recipes and flavors, recognize the variety of places and people growing and producing food. We should respect the rhythms of the seasons and conviviality. But the recipe developed by Carlo Petrini and other Slow Food members proposes to add a new sense of responsibility to the search for pleasure, which we all have a right to enjoy. Slow Food has called this approach ecogastronomy. It is an attitude that combines a respect and interest in enogastronomic culture with support for those battling to defend food and agricultural biodiversity around the world. Slow Food stresses the need for taste education as the best defense against poor quality and food adulteration. It is the main way to combat the incursion of fast food into our diets. It helps to safeguard local cuisines, traditional products, vegetable and animal species at risk of extinction. It supports a new model of agriculture, which is less intensive and healthier, founded on the knowledge and know-how of local communities. This is the only type of agriculture able to offer prospects for development to the poorest regions on our planet.
For these reasons Slow Food is committed to safeguarding foods, raw materials and traditional methods of cultivation and transformation. It seeks to defend the biodiversity of cultivated and wild varieties and protect convivial places which form a part of cultural heritage because of to their historic, artistic or social value.”
For more information about Slow Food Canada and a list of their campaigns, projects and events, please visit http://www.slowfood.ca/
Fly with Bill Lishman
William Lishman and Peter Shatalow have produced a short video about the Pickering lands that were expropriated 40 years ago for Toronto’s second Airport.
In this video, fly with Bill in his ultralight aircraft and have a first hand look at what might be lost if the land is given over for an unnecessary airport.
FARM TO FORK
It’s shocking to learn that over 850 thousand Canadians still visit an emergency food service (EFS) provider, such as a food bank or food pantry, each and every month.
The number, while staggering, is even more difficult to comprehend when you consider that over 40% of food produced is wasted; half of it at the household level. In fact, the average Canadian household throws away almost $1,500 worth of food every year. And yet, there are still people in our neighbourhoods who go weeks, sometimes months, without fresh fruits and vegetables.
Clearly abundance is not the issue. So what is?
In early 2012, the University of Guelph’s Dr. Daniel Gillis, Assistant Professor and Statistician, in collaboration with Danny Williamson, Linda Hawkins and the Wellington Food Access Working Group, learned that communication was standing in the way of donors and the EFS providers.
Farm To Fork was designed to increase the quality and quantity of donations by connecting donors directly with the Emergency Food Service provider needs. How is this accomplished? It’s as simple as an email received the day you typically go shopping – letting you know what is needed, and where it is needed most.
The Farm to Fork program is the result of a dedicated group of 30 undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph who have develop preliminary prototypes. And two of those prototypes are ready final product testing this summer.
To cover the cost of testing, the Farm To Fork team has launched a fundraising campaign through Microryza – a crowdfunding platform that allows you to fund scientific projects that are important to you.
The goal is to raise at least $15,000 to fund the final stages of the Farm To Fork project. The money will be used to complete beta-testing of the website, and to prep for the official Farm To Fork launch in September.
Please consider being a part of the Farm To Fork solution.
Please consider donating (click here to visit the campaign page)
Dr. Daniel Gillis
A few of Farm To Fork’s very bright team.
Spreading the Word Far and Wide
Farmers Feed Cities works hard ensure Ontarians understand the significant contributions made by farmers to the well-being of our province. Some of the ways we get this message out is through our various programs and kits we have developed.
Farm Market Kit
Farmers’ markets and on farm markets are popping up all across Ontario. These markets have become an increasingly popular way for consumers to purchase fresh, local food. There are more than 150 registered farmers’ markets and over 300 registered on farm markets in Ontario.
Farmers Feed Cities Farm Market Kits are available to farmers’ markets and on farm markets across Ontario. These kits will allow vendors to take a dynamic role in enlightening their customers about our farming industry. The kits will consist of materials such as literature, stickers, window decals and when funding is available, signs and t-shirts. If you are interested in learning more or receiving a kit contact us.
Fair and Event Kits
Organizers of fairs and events throughout Ontario will have the opportunity to spread the message of Farmers Feed Cities and help create a more sustainable farming industry for our province. The Farmers Feed Cities Fair and Event Kits will be provided to agricultural societies and event organizers when requested. There is no charge to receive a kit, however the display must be returned to the Farmers Feed Cities office in Guelph upon completion of the event or fair.
Fair and Event Kits include a Farmers Feed Cities display, stickers, window decals, literature and activity pages. These kits are full of valuable resources which can be handed out by one of your team members during your event or fair. If you are interested in learning more about our Fair and Event kits or would like to sign up for one please contact us.
Friend a Farmer Program
The Friend a Farmer program will provides an interactive opportunity for young Ontarians to meet a farmer and ask questions about where their food comes from. Students and teachers will come to understand how Ontario’s farming industry is an important driver to the social, economic and physical health of our province.
The success of the Friend a Farmer program is dependent on the recruitment of teachers and farmers that are interested in educating our youth of the importance of farming. If interested in participating in this program (farmer or teacher) or if you would like more information please contact us.
For more information or if you would like to participate in any of our programs or receive any of our kits please contact Farmers Feed Cities Campaign Coordinator Jenny Van Rooy at Jenny@FarmersFeedCities.com or (519) 767-4120.
The Elmira Produce Auction Cooperative
The Elmira Produce Auction Cooperative (EPAC) is the first of its kind in Canada. Located in Elmira, Ontario, it has an eleven year successful track-record of bridging the commerce gap between family-owned farms and consumers.
The 100 members, made up mostly of Old Order Mennonites, operate small-scale farms and live within a 120-kilometer radius in the Waterloo Region.
The EPAC auction attracts retail and restaurant buyers. There are no reserve bids on produce. This live auction that offers the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables, and high action bidding activity, is open to the public.
LOCATION: 7400 Reid Woods Dr. Elmira tel: 519-669-3884 or 638-3602
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An innovative company that encourages local production of feed, fuel, and food over dependency on large centralized production, is Energrow Inc. The Canadian based company has a passion for helping farmers generate more value from their crops.
They make unique oilseed pressing systems built for the farm, that are simple and reliable systems to enable farmers to process their own oilseed crops (soybeans, canola, flax, etc.) in order to extract oil and make fresh high quality feed directly on-farm.
The cold-pressed oil is used in a diversity of applications including: food, feed, fuel, crop spray, etc. Through its systems and marketing services, Energrow enables producers to reduce their feed costs, be less dependent on volatile market pricing, be more environmentally sustainable, and provide local access to unique and high quality food: cold pressed oils and expeller pressed meals. www.energrow.ca