The holiday season is upon us! No matter how you celebrate, one common theme resonates with us all: food.
Whether you have taken on the brave task of hosting a large meal or you plan to contribute to an office potluck or a dinner party, finding and preparing the right food, drink and gifts can be an arduous journey. Skip the guesswork! Giving the gift of local always tastes as good as it feels, and the Greenbelt Fund is here to help.
Discover the bounty of Ontario food and drink while exploring some of the best local farmers, producers and retailers below as you plan your holiday ‘feast’ivities!Read more
On Tuesday, November 27th, the Greenbelt Fund hosted an interactive workshop to support Municipalities, School Boards and Post-secondary Institutions in their local food procurement goals and actions.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2018
ONTARIO’S LOCAL FOOD REVOLUTION GETS BOOST WITH NEW ONTARIOFRESH PLATFORM
Greenbelt Fund launches new and improved Ontariofresh.ca with technology partner Local Line
Ontario’s largest local food network connecting buyers, sellers and processors has undergone a major upgrade. The Greenbelt Fund has launched the upgraded Ontariofresh.ca platform with improved functionality and design – and the platform continues to be free, as always.Read more
Mohawk College has developed an online course in Local Food Procurement designed for professionals working in a foodservice setting at public institutions to grow their local food and sustainable procurement knowledge, and learn strategies for identifying, procuring and promoting local foods. Learn more about the course and register online at: mohawkcollege.ca/local-food-procurement
As far back as 2008, the City of Thunder Bay has been working to strengthen and connect their local food system to their municipally-run facilities. The City has emerged as a leader in food systems planning in the province, having adopted the Thunder Bay Food Charter, the Community Environmental Action Plan, a Community Garden Policy and supported the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy.
People: Food Hubs and Aggregators
It can require too much additional effort for distributors and foodservice companies to work with multiple, smaller suppliers to source local food.
The Greenbelt Fund has partnered with the U.S. National Good Food Network on a series of local food and value chain coordination webinars.
The third in the series explores how food incubators, commercial or community kitchens, and accelerators provide spaces for ‘food-preneurs’ to incubate, grow and prosperous.Read more
Access: Rebates 101
Rebates can create supplier lock-in by providing deep discounts to customers.