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  September 2018


From Food Waste to Great Taste

How Casa Bonita Foods is tapping into innovative opportunities to grow their business

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It’s no secret that food waste is a growing area of focus at all levels of the food value chain. Factors such as economic and human behaviour, transport, lack of resources, and technological limitations all contribute to the many ways we waste food that could otherwise be utilized in effective, innovative and profitable ways. Learn how Greenbelt Fund grantee Casa Bonita Foods is taking an inventive approach to addressing food waste.


Local Food Procurement


GFS Velocity Reports Available

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Greenbelt Fund grantee Mohawk College launched a new professional development course for procurement professionals to gain in-demand knowledge and skills to bring more local food to Ontario’s public institutions. The flexible online course, designed by local food champions and experts, takes about 4 hours to complete and costs $100.

Gordon Food Service (GFS) Connect is an online ordering site that is available to all GFS customers (restaurants, multi-units, healthcare accounts such as hospitals, schools, and others). GFS Connect helps customers order more local by identifying local items and run purchasing and velocity reports. GFS encourages customers to contact their appropriate sales representative to find out more information about retrieving reports that specify local purchasing.


GFS customers can find out more here. If you’re not using GFS, ask your supplier about how to access your own velocity reports.



Fresh City Farms Ossington 


We're Growing!

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Greenbelt Fund grantee Fresh City Farms is opening a retail market in downtown Toronto, offering fresh produce, prepared foods, bakery items and more. The new location is bringing fresh, organic produce to consumers and increasing local food literacy in the community.

The Greenbelt Fund is excited to welcome three new members to our team!


Rachel Jones joined as our new Senior Communications Coordinator, Tyler Hewitt brings his experience to the role of Grants Coordinator and Michael Young will be giving a boost to as a Program Coordinator.




Local Food Value Chain Coordination - Making Matches


September 20, 2018
3:30 - 4:45pm EST


On Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 3:30-4:45 PM EST, the Greenbelt Fund will host a webinar in collaboration with the Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network initiative focused on “matchmaking” within local food value chains. Panelists Allison Blansfield (SweetGreen) and Jay McGhee (FamilyFarmed) will be on hand sharing their experiences and expertise.





The province's largest local food network connecting buyers, sellers, and processors of Ontario food has undergone a major upgrade. Working with our technology partner Local Line Inc., a new version of the platform will be launched this Fall, offering improved functionality and design, as well as a new shipping feature!


If you’re an existing user, don’t fret. We’ll be in touch shortly with everything you need to know to ensure a smooth and easy transition to the new platform. Stay tuned for more!


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