May 2017 

White Feather Farms Inc. , owned by the Schillings Family in Durham Region, recently held an open house to showcase their newly-constructed egg laying barn with enriched housing.

Three specific features have been added to encourage the birds natural behaviours: perch rods, nesting areas and a scratching pad.

"The entire undertaking has taken 10 months," says Hubert Schillings. "This has included building the structure, installing the housing, installing the egg collection system, feed scales, plumbing, and ventilation system."

Food insecurity is getting more recognition on a global level, and rightfully so.  Food for Life (FFL)  in Halton Region is just one of the organizations that have dedicated their mission to fighting food insecurity and unnecessary food waste.

The Burlington Community has recognized that food insecurity is indeed a serious issue, and their Chamber of Commerce has named Food for Life the Non-Profit Organization of the Year in Business Excellence.  FFL has also been named one of the  top 10 charities in Canada by Charity Intelligence,  based on community impact and social return on investment. 

We had the chance to connect with Brenda Hajdu, Executive Director of Food for Life, about their incredible work. Read more here.

Food and beverage manufacturing in the City of Hamilton has been growing exponentially over the past several years.

To showcase the great opportunity that comes along with this growth, the City's Economic Development Division created a fun YouTube video, highlighting the many international brands located in Hamilton that all contribute to a " Hamilton Lunch" which can be enjoyed anywhere in Canada.

The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance would like to send an immense congratulations to
Debbie Field: a food  leader, champion, and revered activist.

After 25 years of leading the non-profit, Debbie has stepped down from her role as Executive Director of FoodShare--and was recently presented with the  Frances Lankin Award an award given out annually to someone who has made a significant, sustained contribution to Toronto's non-profit community sector.

"Debbie is truly a 'Food Champion' not only in the City of Toronto, but her thoughtful approach to food security has been heard right across Canada," shares GHFFA Executive Director Janet Horner. Read more here.

We recently connected with  FreshSpoke about their online marketplace, which  currently has 124 producers on board and is in the process of recruiting wholesale buyers through upcoming FreshSpoke Fusion events (one fusion event is taking place later today in Toronto).

FreshSpoke has also just launched a campaign as we approach Local Food Week, Spend 10, encouraging people to take the pledge to spend $10 on local food and drink during local food week. Learn more here.

The publication is one component of the Rural Ontario Institute's project on Measuring Rural Community Vitality, and the Guide supplements the Focus on Rural Ontario Fact Sheet series.

The Management Development Centre is hosting a Cybersecurity: Protecting your Business conference in Oshawa on  Friday,  June 16th.

With Keynote Speaker David Miller (author of Breached), the half-day,  business-focused conference will highlight how everyone, from front-line staff to business owners, can play a part in protecting the workplace from cybercrime.
A reminder that tomorrow,  May 30th , Halton Food Council is hosting Policies, Practices, & Partnerships: Reducing Food Waste Symposium at Country Heritage Park in Milton. 

The symposium will kick off with keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Gooch, CEO/Partner of VCM International. The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the the National Zero Waste Council's National Food Waste Reduction Strategy, the work of Provision Coalition, best practices, and innovative solutions, and to engage with other FoodThinkers.
 A Week to Celebrate Local

It's almost June, and that means another  Local Food Week is almost here!

From  June 4th-10th , it's time to celebrate and share your love for local food and farmers.  Visit your local farmers' markets and celebrate all the  good, fresh  food Ontario has to offer.

If you have a Local Food Week event you would like us to help promote, connect with us on Twitter or get in touch.
Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance