In order to increase the consumption of local food and impact the local economy, Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation developed a set of thirteen canning classes, four PD Day Camps for youth, and eight culinary classes to teach canning and preserving fresh local food. Hundreds of participants signed up and classes sold out. Learn how to create and promote these popular courses in your community by reading the toolkit.
For their local food literacy project, Forest Meets Farm, Roots to Harvest created and led a series of four hands-on, experiential workshops designed for four local high schools. The workshops explore the many aspects of our local food system, highlighting foraging, hunting and fishing, farming and preserving. The youth learned to celebrate the wild and cultivated foods of Northern Ontario as the project engaged community partners and indigenous knowledge keepers.
Everdale's “A School Focused Work Book to Build a Micro-Farm” is a practical guide and toolkit for learning about and planning a Micro-Farm, and for facilitating discussion between parents, community members, school faculty and administration.
Current State of Local Food Awareness and Utilization in Meal and Snack Programs Targeted to Young Children in Ontario
The Greenbelt Fund and the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) at the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) collaborated on a research project, in partnership with the Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) at George Brown College (GBC) and the Helderleigh Foundation, and released its final report: Current State of Local Food Awareness and Utilization in Meal and Snack Programs Targeted to Young Children in Ontario.
See also their infographic: Opportunities for Local Food and Food Literacy in Child Care and Student Nutrition ProgramsRead more
In response to increasing public interest in understanding where their fresh food comes from and how it is grown, the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers developed a greenhouse storybook to educate consumers on their sector.
Created by a local illustrator, this storybook is an easy, enjoyable read for family members of all ages.
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
On October 4, in celebration of Ontario Agriculture Week, the Greenbelt Fund hosted a Local Food Literacy roundtable event to facilitate the sharing of experience and insights of tracking and measuring results of local food literacy initiatives.Read more
Learn about where to shop for fresh, locally grown multi-ethnic African produce and other world crops to meet your tastes at a farm, farmers’ market or grocery store in Ontario’s Greenbelt. Munye Kitchen's e-guide includes two delicious recipes and many resources.
Victorian Order of Nurses Windsor-Essex through their community support program Ontario Student Nutrition Program, created a series of local food literacy materials for introducing students and their parents/caregivers to local Ontario produce. Each Tasty Ontario Tuesday for 8 weeks a new local item was featured.
Each week’s materials contain:
- storage and selection tips, nutrition info
- kid-friendly healthy recipes
- trivia, local farm pics, and games!