Violet McCrady published Local Food Literacy in Schools Webinar Series in Local Food Resources 2019-05-24 13:40:14 -0400
Packed with hands-on tips and resources from local food educators, Sustain Ontario’s series of 5 webinars provide:
- A wide range of ideas for how to get students (elementary and high school) excited about local food
- Curriculum connections for various grade levels and subject areas (including math, science, social studies, and health & physical education) and includes sample lesson plans and activities
- Tip sheets and access to high-quality, ready to use resources
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Violet McCrady published Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers - Our House to Yours in Local Food Resources 2019-05-24 12:11:37 -0400
In response to increasing public interest in understanding where their fresh food comes from and how it is grown, the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers developed a greenhouse storybook to educate consumers on their sector.
Created by a local illustrator, this storybook is an easy, enjoyable read for family members of all ages.
Violet McCrady published The State of Food on Ontario University Campuses in Local Food Resources 2019-05-24 11:07:05 -0400
Meal Exchange's Campus Food Report Card: State of Food on Ontario University Campuses measures the success of Ontario universities in providing locally-grown, sustainable, healthy, and accessible food - as rated by students and campuses themselves
The Local Food release of the Campus Food Report Card focuses on student satisfaction with local food on Ontario university campuses, as well as a look at the initiatives by campus foodservice providers to provide local food to students
Violet McCrady published Fresh. Local. Fair: Trust in Farmers’ Markets - marketing toolkit in Local Food Resources 2019-05-17 14:55:32 -0400
The Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network's interactive marketing campaign utilizes positive messaging to address issues around transparency, relationship building, affordability, and accessibility. The tagline: Fresh. Local. Fair: Trust in Farmers’ Markets uses survey results to re-enforce the elements most appreciated about farmers’ markets. Featuring arresting visuals with bold statements, the campaign also makes use of humor and colloquial language that applies to multiple age groups while maintaining a focused and direct message of trust-building.
Violet McCrady published City of Toronto - Long Term Care Local Food Purchasing Practice Assessment in Local Food Resources 2019-05-16 17:20:42 -0400
The City of Toronto successfully undertook to increase the procurement of locally sourced and processed foods foods in their Long Term Care and Services from 19% to 25%. This presentation summarizes the communication tools, food substitutions and other steps that made this Broader Public Sector project a success.
Violet McCrady published It's in Our Roots - canning and preserving local food in Local Food Resources 2019-05-16 15:56:29 -0400
In order to increase the consumption of local food and impact the local economy, Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation developed a set of thirteen canning classes, four PD Day Camps for youth, and eight culinary classes to teach canning and preserving fresh local food. Hundreds of participants signed up and classes sold out. Learn how to create and promote these popular courses in your community by reading the toolkit.
Violet McCrady published Forest Meets Farm Toolkit and Videos in Local Food Resources 2019-05-16 14:14:12 -0400
For their local food literacy project, Forest Meets Farm, Roots to Harvest created and led a series of four hands-on, experiential workshops designed for four local high schools. The workshops explore the many aspects of our local food system, highlighting foraging, hunting and fishing, farming and preserving. The youth learned to celebrate the wild and cultivated foods of Northern Ontario as the project engaged community partners and indigenous knowledge keepers.
Here is the first webinar on the project: An Overview and The Curriculum
Here is the final webinar on the project: Evaluation Findings and Toolkit
Violet McCrady published A School Focused Work Book to Build a Micro-Farm in Local Food Resources 2019-05-08 14:07:59 -0400
Everdale's “A School Focused Work Book to Build a Micro-Farm” is a practical guide and toolkit for learning about and planning a Micro-Farm, and for facilitating discussion between parents, community members, school faculty and administration.
Violet McCrady published Feast On - Certified Taste of Ontario Impact Report in Local Food Resources 2019-05-08 11:23:56 -0400
Feast On is a certification program by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance that recognizes restaurants committed to sourcing and celebrating Ontario Food and Drink. This report shows the impact of the program on Ontario Food Purchases and looks at the importance of food tourism and building Ontario's local food identity and culture.
Violet McCrady published Campus Food Report Card: Local Food on Ontario University Campuses in Local Food Resources 2019-04-30 13:25:33 -0400
Meal Exchange's Campus Food Report Card: Local Food on Ontario University Campuses measures the success of Ontario universities in providing locally-grown food - as rated by students, campuses themselves, and the physical food environment. It includes a review of initiatives by campus foodservice providers to provide local food to students.
Violet McCrady published E-Guide to Locally Grown World Foods in Local Food Resources 2019-04-30 11:08:04 -0400
Learn about where to shop for fresh, locally grown multi-ethnic African produce and other world crops to meet your tastes at a farm, farmers’ market or grocery store in Ontario’s Greenbelt. Munye Kitchen's e-guide includes two delicious recipes and many resources.
Violet McCrady published Increasing Local Food Procurement at Ontario's 24 Colleges in Local Food Resources 2019-04-29 13:19:46 -0400
Informed by industry research conducted through a targeted literature review, in-depth interviews with stakeholders from across the college foodservices supply chain, and a province-wide student survey, this report identifies a set of common challenges to local food procurement in the Ontario college system, and lays out a series of opportunities with recommended actions that will support increased local food procurement at Ontario’s 24 colleges.
A lifelong environmentalist, Violet joined the Fund in 2017. A highly organized, systems thinker, Violet brings to the Greenbelt Fund the benefit of her many years of experience helping to manage projects, volunteers, fundraising staff, and data at Greenpeace.
Violet is immensely pleased that her work at the Fund will directly support the Ontario landscape that has nourished her in so many ways throughout her life.
When not at work, Violet can be found meditating in parks, volunteering for documentary film festivals and pursuing the pleasures of literature.