Greenbelt Fund News

The latest about the Greenbelt Fund, our initiatives and local food community.

Local Food Fair at Sick Kids Hospital

On a snowy Thursday Greenbelt Fund grantee Sick Kids Hospital, hosted a fair to sample a few of their new local food suppliers products. While the winter months aren’t exactly known for local food, it was no problem for Sick Kids to bring in suppliers of dairy, meat, breads and soy products.

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Apples in the Broader Public Sector

We recently attended a special event hosted by My Sustainable Canada, St. Joseph’s Health Network and the Apple Growers of Ontario. This unique event brought together various buyers for public institutions, foodservice distributors, operators and processors to discuss the opportunities for Ontario apple growers in the broader public sector.

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Grantees + Ontariofresh.ca = Super Fresh

Since its inception in November 2011, Ontariofresh.ca has provided a forum for socially, environmentally, and economically responsible Ontario food businesses to connect and support one another. 

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Bringing the Colour of Local Food to Trays and Tables

January 31, 2013

BRINGING THE COLOUR OF LOCAL FOOD TO TRAYS AND TABLES 
Eight Public Institutions Participate in the Greenbelt’s Local Food Challenge

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Local Food Solutions Vol. 3

Access: Identifying Fresh Ontario Food

Knowing where fresh food comes from plays an important role in the ability of an institution or their foodservice operator/distributor to buy Ontario product.

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January Food Hubs Symposium

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation hosted a one-day symposium bringing together some of the major players across the food value chain in North America. The meeting facilitated dialogue around how to build on the existing distribution systems to capture more of the great food grown in Ontario and bring it to market.

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Developing a Regional Food System Symposium

With funding from the J.W. McConnell FoundationGeorge Cedric Metcalf Foundation andFriends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Greenbelt Fund is embarking on a pilot project that will look at ways to integrate regional food hubs with mainstream foodservice distribution.

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Local Food Solutions Vol. 2

Access, People, Policy and Product

Motivated by the growing demand for locally grown food, public sector institutions have begun making the switch to local food for their clients.

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Healthy Food in Health Care: A Pledge for Fresh, Local, Sustainable Food

Created in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm as part of their Healthy Food in Health Care Initiative, and The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge is a framework that outlines steps to be taken by the health care industry to improve the health of patients, communities and the environment.

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Niagara Ice Syrup

This time of year in Ontario is marked by early winter nights bringing deeper frosts, followed by sunny and above-zero crisp days.  These frosts and thaws do magical things to the grapes in Niagara, a region in Ontario's Greenbelt that has created a name for itself in ice wine production. 

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