The Greenbelt Fund supported the launch of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) Cultivating Culinary Students program. As part of the program, OGVG hosted a competition that engaged seven community colleges, each submitting a recipe that highlighted Ontario greenhouse vegetables.
In an effort to support regional and province-wide efforts to serve local food, FoodShare developed this student-friendly recipe book that can be adopted by any school looking to purchase more local food for their menus.
In this comprehensive recipe booklet, the City of Toronto provides 14 easy to prepare local food recipes for city-run child care centres, which have all been taste-tested and approved by more than 400 kids. All of the recipes contain at least 50 percent local ingredients.
Niagara Regional Child Care Centres created a Charter to increase local food procurement within their facilities and support Ontario farms and producers.
Looking to get your students more involved in the Ontario Farm to School Challenge? We have some really simple ideas to keep them engaged and having fun!Read more
My parents put serious effort into my school lunches. They tried making my healthy snacks exciting so I wouldn't fall victim to all the unhealthy options available at the school cafeteria. Let me tell you, however, that this little girl went crazy with her paper route money at the school cafeteria.Read more
Public sector institutions are sourcing apple products from across the continent, and whole apples from around the world. But most facilities would love to integrate more Ontario product into the menus, meals, and snacks.
Working closely with the Ontario Apple Growers, My Sustainable Canada identified product opportunities for Ontario's apple growers to more strategically develop, pack, and market products to Ontario health care facilities, public school boards, colleges/universities, and correctional facilities, in order to increase the sales of Ontario apple products.
Here you can find organizations, networks and research related to healthy and local food in schools.
- Farm to School British Columbia Publications
- Feeding our Future: First and Second Year Evaluation from the Toronto District School Board
- FoodShare Resources
When you grow up, what will you be? A chef, a farmer, a botanist? Chris Jess, a secondary school teacher with the Centre Wellington District High School, is teaching his students that they don’t have to wait until after high school to become an entrepreneur. Now, this is not your usual Home Economics: Chris has created an entire integrated program based on the culinary arts with a strong agricultural bent. It’s called The Food School, and it’s teaching students from soil to plate to soil again.Read more