What is the Northern Food Distribution Network?
In the fall of 2016, the Greenbelt Fund and local food leaders working in food distribution from across the North started to gather to develop a strategy to address distribution challenges and collaborate on improving the efficiency, resilience and accessibility of northern Ontario food value chains. After extensive consultation, the creation of the Northern Food Distribution Network (NFDN) was established. The initial year of meetings allowed the group to bring together more people involved in improving Northern food distribution and to start looking at what strategies would address the key challenges.
Michael Young published Summary of Northern Distribution Meetings in Local Food Resources 2019-04-09 10:03:56 -0400
In the fall of 2016, the Greenbelt Fund approached food system stakeholders from Northern Ontario to assess opportunities to collaborate on food distribution in the region. This push to bring people together resulted in two in-person meetings, and over 20 teleconference meetings where stakeholders from across the North shared their understanding and perspectives on the challenges associated with the food value chain. This lead to a core group of people striking a steering committee to move this work forward.
Michael Young published Northern Food Distribution Network - Terms of Reference in Local Food Resources 2019-04-08 15:54:09 -0400
The Network works in collaboration with communities across Northern Ontario to improve the efficiency, resilience and accessibility of Northern Ontario food value chains.
Michael Young joined The Greenbelt Fund in August of 2018 as Program Coordinator for Ontariofresh.ca. A writer and actor by training with a Master in Environmental Studies degree, Michael brings unique and varied experience to the team. With a background in sales and professional writing, Michael has developed skills and expertise in the areas of educational travel, international conservation and research, print and digital media, and screenwriting. When he’s not in the office or writing, Michael runs an after school program in Toronto’s West End.
Michael is excited to bring his energy to Ontariofresh.ca! When he thinks of the Greenbelt, he recalls feeling a world away in Bruce Peninsula National Park, and the trip through swaths of verdant forest and interspersing fields of grain, beyond towering windmills and bustling towns to get there.