June 2018 

We are excited to announce that this month we released our  Serving Up Local for Long-Term Care Mealtime Engagement  Toolkit and animated video, thanks to support from  the Greenbelt Fund's Local Food Investment Fund.

This food literacy training project builds on the Serving Up Local initiative that increased local food procurement in municipally-run long-term care homes in three Golden Horseshoe municipalities by a combined 23% in 2017. 

Read the full press release here, and please feel free to share the toolkit, video and other resources found on our Serving Up Local page!

Congratulations to AE Natural Meats, a family-run farm in Mount Albert, for receiving the Excellence in Small Business Award from the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.

We recently talked with co-owner Judie Zajac about their great success over the years.

"People who wanted this sort of product started coming to us, and it got bigger and bigger," Judie shares, "then last year we really started making more of a go of it, and joined the Chamber of Commerce, which has been instrumental in growing our business." Read more on our blog.

Algoma Orchards  in Durham Region has once again added to their many green cost-saving initiatives with the installation of a battery storage system to optimize energy use, particularly during peak hours, through an agreement w ith  EnerNOC .

" The idea and need behind this for commercial and industrial customers is lower utility bills, improvement in power quality and reliability, as well as decreasing their carbon footprint, which is significant for many businesses in Ontario," Dayel Peterson, Engineering Project Manager with EnerNOC, tells us.

Learn more about this innovative initiative on our blog.

The event, now in its 9th year, saw a cluster of seven VQA wineries partner together this year to open up their stunning properties - each host to a live band, different featured food from some of Niagara's best chefs, and of course, bottles upon bottles of their local VQA wines. 

Read more about this great event that stirs up excitement for Ontario wines, and check out some photos on our blog !

The Palgrave United Community Kitchen invites you to spend a day touring and tasting the local harvest in Caledon and the Headwaters area at a Local Farm & Food Tour on Wednesday, August 22.

The all-inclusive tour costs $40 and includes snacks and a local harvest lunch.  Learn more here

Those interested in attending should reserve their seat by August 1.

The much-anticipated  York Farm Fresh 2018 Guide Map is out, ready to help those in the region pinpoint all of the local, farm fresh food and fun nearby.

This year's map, launched by the York Farm Fresh Association, has a total of 30 farms, 11 farmers' markets, and 18 food and fair events. 

New to this year's map is an exciting  Passport to Fresh  contest, an incentive for local consumers to get out and visit their local farms this summer. 

Congratulations to chef-extraordinaire Joshna Maharaj, who earlier this month, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her mission to improve food in  public institutions (e.g. hospitals, schools) and write a book on the important topic.

"Part compelling narrative, part manifesto, this book will be an inspiration & blueprint for a global institutional food revolution," the Kickstarter page reads.

Joshna has just successfully reached her Kickstarter goal, and like many, we are excited to see this project come to life!

Read more about Take Back the Tray here. You can continue backing the project on Kickstarter until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.
Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance