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WEBINAR – Feeding the City, Pandemic and Beyond: Voices from Local Grocery Stores and Public Markets in a Diverse City

ONLINE – Feeding the City, Pandemic and Beyond: Voices from Local Grocery Stores and Public Markets in a Diverse City Wed, 28 October 2020 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT  | REGISTRATION REQUIRED via EventBrite How have local markets and grocery stores pivoted in the time of COVID-19 to continue feeding their communities? How can these localContinue reading “WEBINAR – Feeding the City, Pandemic and Beyond: Voices from Local Grocery Stores and Public Markets in a Diverse City”

Events: Fall Field Day Series By the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario

The month of October is full of amazing events an learning moments available from the Ecolological Farmers Association of Ontario and is dedicated to developing skills in sustainable agriculture and showcasing life on sustainable farms. These events are greatly beneficial to those who are interested in farming, gardening and sustainable agriculture. There are a fewContinue reading “Events: Fall Field Day Series By the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario”

Article Highlight: Canada’s Food Price Report 2020 – Faculty of Management – Dalhousie University

This annual report by Dalhousie University has come up with some new figures and information in regards to the trajectory of food prices within the nation. It is a great source of information as we get to see major issues affecting food pathways as well as the ways in which the cost of food hasContinue reading “Article Highlight: Canada’s Food Price Report 2020 – Faculty of Management – Dalhousie University”

Highlight: BLACK FOODIE Week Panel: The Future of Black Food Culture

This week is a special week in the city with Black Foodie Week going on right now! It is a showcase of some of the city’s best Black Cuisine and Black owned Restaurants. Click the link below to find out more: Black Foodie Week: https://blackfoodie.co/black-foodie-week/ This event has also showcased a large part of the issuesContinue reading “Highlight: BLACK FOODIE Week Panel: The Future of Black Food Culture”

Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Food Systems, Healthy Communities: An Interview with Urban Grower Lorraine Johnson by Angela Gong

(Photo: Phil Wallis)  Lorraine Johnson is a self-described cultivation activist and author of numerous books on environmental issues and growing. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in literary studies from the University of Toronto, Johnson worked for many years as a book editor before writing her first book, Green Future: How to Make a World of a Difference (PenguinContinue reading “Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Food Systems, Healthy Communities: An Interview with Urban Grower Lorraine Johnson by Angela Gong”

Article Highlight: First published in the EFAO’s Summer 2020 member newsletter: Reflections on Farming and Racism by Brenda Hsueh, Black Sheep Farm

First published in the EFAO’s Summer 2020 member newsletter Brenda Hsueh is an organic vegetable and sheep farmer in Grey County. She left the financial world of downtown Toronto 12 years ago to start the adventure of farming and hasn’t looked back since. Now she farms at Black Sheep Farm with her partner Skyler, andContinue reading “Article Highlight: First published in the EFAO’s Summer 2020 member newsletter: Reflections on Farming and Racism by Brenda Hsueh, Black Sheep Farm”

Helping People and the Planet: How a Toronto Urban Farm Supports Local Growers, Producers, and Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Angela Gong

Masks, hand sanitizer, face shields. Stickers placed six feet apart, lining the floor and facilitating physical distancing. Clear, plastic windows at the checkout counter. These are familiar images in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought widespread disruption to the ways people obtain food. Some have turned towards growing produce to reduce the frequencyContinue reading “Helping People and the Planet: How a Toronto Urban Farm Supports Local Growers, Producers, and Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Angela Gong”

Food and Toronto’s Chinese Community through COVID-19 by Jackson Yue Bin Guo

In February, the traffic flow between the Pacific Mall and the Silver Star Blvd, a Chinese food mecca for the Greater Toronto Area, could be best described by a Chinese proverb: “Carriages flow like a stream and horses whinny like dragons”. The tasty kebabs, boiling hotpots, and hand-pulled noodles sold in the mall normally drewContinue reading “Food and Toronto’s Chinese Community through COVID-19 by Jackson Yue Bin Guo”

Article Highlight: New Research recommends Canada institute a Universal Healthy School Food Program

“Gary Hoyer and Chinh Do of George Brown College have just released Generating Success for Farm to School, a report that researches the benefits of farm to school. Its recommendations include instituting a universal healthy school food program across Canada, complemented with a farm to school approach.” This article is definitely worth a read, itContinue reading “Article Highlight: New Research recommends Canada institute a Universal Healthy School Food Program”

Food Banks and COVID-19: Challenges and Innovation in Response to the Pandemic By Eleonora Gagliardi and Sterling Stutz

Food banks are a relatively long-standing part of community landscapes across the country, and fill a critical role of feeding individuals and families who rely on their services. However, this was not always the case. When food banks were first introduced into Canada in 1981, they were meant to be a temporary measure, designed toContinue reading “Food Banks and COVID-19: Challenges and Innovation in Response to the Pandemic By Eleonora Gagliardi and Sterling Stutz”

Sociocultural Barriers to Urban Growing and Solutions to Overcome Them: A Case Study of Malvern Community Gardens By: Angela Gong

How can urban growing reach more people? Who is at risk of being excluded from urban agriculture initiatives? How can community and municipal leaders identify and remove barriers to accessing growing space? In the process of implementing equitable agricultural initiatives in the city, these are the questions that need to guide decision-making, to ensure that allContinue reading “Sociocultural Barriers to Urban Growing and Solutions to Overcome Them: A Case Study of Malvern Community Gardens By: Angela Gong”

September 2020: Will Healthy Food Be On the Plate in Canadian Schools? By Sterling Stutz and Eleonora Gagliardi

Reading Time: 2 min           Across the country, community organizations, school food programs, school districts and parents continue to pay close attention to recommendations as governments continue to release guidelines and frameworks for what the return to school will look like. As of the end of July all provinces and territories have released some form ofContinue reading “September 2020: Will Healthy Food Be On the Plate in Canadian Schools? By Sterling Stutz and Eleonora Gagliardi”

Article Highlight: Alternative Federal Budget Recovery Plan | CCPA

The Alternative Federal Budget Recovery Plan is an offshoot project of the Alternative Federal Budget project. It is a collaboration among organizations and researcehrs from a variety of sectors including:  populations, and areas of expertise including human rights, labour, environmental protection, anti-poverty, arts and culture, social development, child development, international development, women, Indigenous peoples, theContinue reading “Article Highlight: Alternative Federal Budget Recovery Plan | CCPA”

Lessons from COVID-19: The Importance of a National School Food Program by Sterling Stutz & Eleonora Gagliardi

Reading time 5 min Speaking time 9 min Access to affordable and healthy food is an issue affecting many families across Canada with as many as 1 in 6 Canadian children affected by household food insecurity. Despite this pressing concern, Canada is the only G7 country without a national school food program delivering healthy meals to children duringContinue reading “Lessons from COVID-19: The Importance of a National School Food Program by Sterling Stutz & Eleonora Gagliardi”

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