This video looks at Local Food Plus (LFP) and their positive impact on the community as a third party certifying body that works to build awareness amongst consumers about the value of buying locally produced food. LFP has developed a certification protocol to assess farms and processors with environmental and sustainable practices so various buyers can find certifiably local sustainable food. This work allows for expanding markets at home and better choices in buying food. We see numerous vibrant, healthy farms and food along with a network of passionate individuals that care for the well-being of their consumers – consumers who can securely know, for instance, that an apple was grown sustainably in their backyard.
Over 18 organizations have come together in Haliburton County to collaboratively tackle community food insecurity. Rosie Kadwell, Chair of FoodNet, explains how this goal is approached by focusing on household food security and increasing the value of local foods within the community. Partnerships amongst various social agencies have created projects such as community gardens and farm tours to teach young families how to instill knowledge at a young age so children grow up with the basic skills for growing and preparing their own food. In this video, we see a community of dedicated individuals and groups who recognize the importance of sharing knowledge and practices for maintaining a sustainable food system so the entire community has access to healthy food.
The Living City is Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) vision for a Toronto region comprised of sustainable communities, regional biodiversity, healthy rivers and shorelines, and business excellence. Farmers have played a major role in realizing these goals with the help of TRCA, which has leased 142 acres of land to 26 new farmers within Toronto. By producing nourishing foods that are sold to markets as little as 25 minutes away from their site, ensuring maximum freshness for customers, and also training new farmers, TRCA farms are sowing the seeds for a healthier Ontario.
In this video, you’ll meet the amazing people behind the farms across the Toronto region bringing fresh, local and healthy food to plates across the region, including the newly established Black Creek Community Farm. Located in the priority neighbourhood of Jane and Finch, typically characterized as a food desert where residents cannot access the foods required for a healthy diet at an affordable rate, the Black Creek Community Farm has stepped into the role of feeding the community and serving as a place of learning for youth and aspiring farmers.
Southern Ontario prides itself on diversity. With language and culture coming in so many different flavours, it should be no surprise that food does as well. This video highlights how the diversity of a region's population has beautifully enriched its food scene.
Judy's Tropical Farm was started after its namesake migrated to Canada as a nanny in 1997 along with her husband and son. Judy and her farm have now started a movement by growing okra, callaloo, and bittermelon, favourites from her native Phillipines, right here in Ontario. Daniel Hoffman of the Cutting Veg organic farm also makes an appearance to talk about the twenty different varieties of garlic from different regions of the world grown on his farm.
These passionate food innovators have made York Region a haven for food lovers looking to broaden their horizons and learn more about food. York Region's farmers have truly brought the world to Ontario and taken the joy of cultural exchange and learning into Ontario's kitchens.
This video looks at the unique rural and urban mix of York Region, and the importance of connecting community members to work together collaboratively to support the local food movement. The York Region Food Charter was developed by a working group of representatives from various networks and organizations. It is a “guiding document for the development of coordinated food-related policies and programs in York Region” that outlines the vision of a sustainable and healthy food system that will benefit the community, the environment and the local economy. The development process involved public consultations through surveys to get a feeling for priority local food issues, projects to be supported by a food charter, and other actions and recommendations that should be addressed. The hope is that this Food Charter will facilitate networks and connections, offer opportunities for economic development and healthier lifestyles, and ensure that healthy and local foods are available to all!