May 2018 

A Hamilton hot sauce company earned themselves some zesty exposure recently on season 5 of the popular YouTube show  Hot Ones  - one of the episodes, with Charlize Theron as the guest, now has over 3.5 million views .

We recently talked with Brodie Dawson
, creator of Dawson's Hot Sauce, about his flourishing business in Hamilton and how him and his small team have been kept incredibly busy, with online sales increasing 450% over the last year.

The first week of June in Ontario is Local Food Week, and nicely paired with it, is Ontario Craft Cider Week.

A number of  participating restaurants and bars will be taking part in the week's festivities, toasting all things craft cider.

The Town of Caledon will then be continuing the celebrations with their second annual  Cheers Caledon! Craft Beer & Cider Festival  on June 15th. 

Like local food, Ontario craft cider is a gem (and a rapidly growing industry) worth celebrating. Learn more.

Spring has finally sprung, and the Town of Caledon is ready to get growing with their recently-launched   Seed Library.

Over 200 people dropped in to the launch, which already had a collection of 569 seed packets.
"We are excited to be working with the Caledon Public Library on the creation and launch of the new seed library," Carol Good, Board Member of the Bolton & District Horticultural Society, tells us. "Access to a local seed library has many benefits including an inexpensive way to learn about growing your own food, a satisfying way to improve your nutrition and, of course, the pleasure of playing in the dirt."

It's difficult to overstate the fundamental significance of pollinators, which have been said to be responsible  for one out of every three bites of food we eat.

Understanding this importance, Golden Horseshoe regions and municipalities are working to do their part to support, grow and maintain healthy pollinator habits within and around their communities. 

Learn more here about  Halton Region's  Pollinator Health Initiative,  and the  City of Toronto 's Pollinator Protection Strategy.

The University of Guelph and OMAFRA have released their spring research magazine,  2017-18 Agri-Food Yearbook, with some great pieces on innovation in agriculture, farmland rental rates and more. 

Eat North is currently accepting submissions for their new scholarship competition for emerging Canadian writers who are passionate about food.

Open to all grade 12 high school students and full-time post-secondary students who are pursuing degrees or have a minor in a writing-related field, the inaugural competition is comprised of three writing categories:  foodservice,  culinary fictional short story, and agricultural production.

Learn more on the Eat North website here; submissions are due by June 3rd.
Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance