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Stories from the Field

27
Jun

Wayne Roberts on the Food Movement 2.0

Photo Above: Food activist and organizer Roberts: ‘Partnerships are the future of food policy.’ Wayne Roberts  describes himself as the “Mr. Magoo” of municipal food policy; often stumbling and frequently saved by luck (the kind that comes from years of practice.)  Roberts has decades of experience as a community organizer, and from 2000 to 2010...
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UBC Leading the Farm-to-Healthcare Movement
24
Jun

Farm to Hospital on Campus: UBC leads the way!

Patients in healthcare facilities are immunologically vulnerable, and it is essential to provide them with adequate nutrition to maximize healing and recovery. This concept is the driving force for an innovative farm-to-healthcare initiative at the University of British Columbia. In January 2014, The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm embarked on a three-year...
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Building Campus Food Security, One Job at a Time
24
Jun

Building Campus Food Security, One Job at a Time

When Celia White first started digging into the campus food system at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, British Columbia, she found passionate people, and big potential.  “There was a lot of interest in making the VIU campus a more sustainable place in terms of food,” says White. “But there wasn’t a lot of consolidated...
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Lessons From Brazil
28
May

How Brazil Cracked the Local Food Distribution Puzzle

Photo Above: Farmer Dona Madalena with a crop of passion fruit sold through the farm to school program in Tangara de Serra, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo by Hannah Wittman. When Hannah Wittman first started traveling to Central Brazil more than a decade ago, she was astounded at the sheer tenacity of the small family farmers...
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Can We Talk About Race in the Food Movement?
06
May

Can We Talk About Race in the Food Movement?

When pioneering chef and advocate Alice Waters told the thousand-plus delegates at a recent Farm to Cafeteria conference that “the question of local food is deeply a question of equality,” she struck a chord that had been resonating throughout the conference all week. Sure, local food is about good health and the environment. It’s about supporting...
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15
Apr

Foods Work: Doing What Comes Naturally in Haida Gwaii

Place-based learning.  Culturally Responsive Education.  Experiential learning.  Life-long learning.  Nice ideas, now what does that look like in the classroom?  Come and see how two teacher’s explorations into connecting students with their learning evolved into a Foods Program that spills across curriculum and enlivens the campus of a rural BC high school on the islands of Haida Gwaii. In the...
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03
Apr

Farm to Cafeteria Canada Supports Local Food Acts: Local farmers want new markets, patients and students want local food.

Our efforts are paying off!  Farm to Cafeteria Canada has been working behind the scenes with representatives from diverse sectors right across the country to support the introduction and adoption of policy that will get more local foods into our public institutions. Last June, we were delighted to support the introduction of bill C-539 in...
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29
Jan

Equiterre helps daycares buy local food

In 2013, 15 daycare centres in the Montérégie region of Quebec received help from environmental group Equiterre as part of the Croqu’Plaisir program, which encourages the creation of healthy food environments for preschoolers in daycare facilities, in part by promoting the purchase of local produce. It was the program’s first year, and already, the results...
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22
Oct

Local in the Lunchroom – Results From The USDA Farm to School Census

The USDA’s National Farm to School Census  data was made available on October 22, 2013, just 12 days after Farm to Cafeteria Canada released the first national survey of local food activity in Canadian schools, campuses and health care facilities To determine the prevalence of farm to school programs in the United States, USDA surveyed...
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