November 2014

On Tuesday, November 4, members of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance gathered at Queen's Park to meet with MPPs and Ministers to discuss the future of food and farming in the Golden Horseshoe, and in particular our 10-year Action Plan.

The day was a great success, with 100+ individuals mingling, connecting and learning about our successes and challenges, all while enjoying a delicious local (Golden Horseshoe) lunch. Read more about the day on our website.

In last month's newsletter, we shared our 
Agriculture and Agri-Food Economic Profile Report, which analyzed data surrounding economic impact, number of farms, farmland area and sizes, average age of farm operators and more in the Golden Horseshoe.

We have now uploaded a summarized visual infographic of the report. The infographic lays out some key takeaways from the report, and has been uploaded to our website for you to share, print or maybe even post in your work space or classroom! You may print the document from our website, or if you would like to receive an  8� x 11 print-out from us, please get in touch with

Hamilton's planning committee has paved the way for new city rules that would allow more urban farms and community gardens - clarifying the rules for growers, defining the areas and what can be grown there. 


Specifically, the official plan amendments would allow onsite sales of produce grown on urban farms that are at least 0.4 hectare, with growing as the primary use. Visit our blog post for more information. 


Hamilton will be one of the few municipalities in the country to go this far with zoning bylaw changes. 

The Town of Caledon has made amendments to its Official Plan in an effort to enhance opportunities for agriculture-related uses, after concluding that existing policies needed to be adjusted to better reflect provincial policies and encourage value-added agriculture through secondary use and on-farm diversification methods.

To the delight of many, the amendments include farm microbreweries. We spoke with Kyle Munro, Community Policy Planner with the Town of Caledon, who was responsible for the recent OPA 237. For more information, visit our website.

As part of a series of profiles on initiatives connecting children and youth to good food, the Ontario Edible Education Network has featured the impressive Cafeteria Connects project coming out of Durham Region, after speaking with Ecosource's School Food Program Manager Soni Craik, who also sits on our Board.

With the progressive help from Ecosource and Durham College, the Region of Durham is doing admirable work in the area of local food procurement and food education. Check out how the Cafeteria Connects project has brought local food (as well as food education) into Durham District School Boards.


To further build on these connections, Durham College has invited DDSB teachers to their campus this month, to show teachers career options they could have in food and farming through courses at the college in furthering their education. We are excited to see the possibilities and relationships that will sprout from such integrated, innovative work.

Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance
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