Greenbelt Fund News

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

On Your Mark, Get Set, Bake!

Elgin County Economic Development is pleased to present the Local Food Challenge Bake-off. 

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Farm to School Challenge Winners Announced!

The two winners of the Ontario Farm to School Challenge are...

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The Globe and Mail: "Joshna Maharaj has a cure for hospital food "

Greenbelt Fund grantee Joshna Maharaj has been recognized for her work to restructure hospital food as part of The Catalysts, The Globe and Mail's "talent search for creative Canadians."

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Video: A Local Food Adventure

Today’s post is a bit of a teaser. Last year, I took a group of MTCC staffers on a series of very fun and and eye-opening trips across the fields and farms of Ontario. Dr. Seuss famously titled one of his books “Oh The Places You’ll Go”, and this is a great way to describe our experience.

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Inaugural Ontario Pavilion was a Bona Fide Success!

While walking the aisles of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) Annual Trade Show last year, we were struck by the number of regionally-organized hubs.

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Excuse Me Garçon... Is This Chicken Local?

Winter might be bringing in a cold front to most of the province, but Canadian restaurants are feeling the heat.

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The Ontario Pavilion at the CRFA Show 2013

The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) Annual Trade Show is the leading foodservice and hospitality event in Canada. A comprehensive forum of industry products, the CRFA Show attracts 12,000 industry professionals and puts them face to face with exhibitors showcasing all their latest products. From new trends in foodservice through to the latest in energy efficient equipment, restaurant owners, operators and buyers will find everything they are looking for at this convenient, one-stop marketplace.

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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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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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