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Stories from the Field

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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22
Oct

Fundraising With a Crunch

  It’s harvest time and the Farm to School Manitoba Healthy Choice Fundraiser (Farm2SchoolMB) is delivering orders of   fruits and Vegetables from Manitoba Farms to  licensed child care facilities and schools grades K-12 throughout the province. Sponsored by the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Association of Home Economists (MAHE), Peak of the Market and Buy...
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10
Oct

Local Food: Canadian Schools, Campuses and Health Care Facilities Speak Up

According to new report commissioned by Farm to Cafeteria Canada, activity to bring healthy, local and sustainable foods into public agencies is gearing up in almost every province and territory in Canada – and there is a hunger for more. The Report- Local Foods- Canadian schools, campuses, and health care facilities speak up (2013) is the first...
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19
Aug

Finding a Job in Canada’s Farm to Cafeteria Movement

As Farm to School, Farm to Campus and Farm to Healthcare programs are sprouting up all over the country, one would think there are plenty of jobs to be found. However, funds for  health promotion, community nutrition, environmental,  agricultural, and educational work in Canada are increasingly scarce. Yet not-for-profit agencies count on such funds to...
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30
Jul

Quebec leads way with new food sovereignty policy

Quebecers got some good news this May when it was announced that the province had adopted a food sovereignty policy, according to Montreal-based environmental group Equiterre, which applauded the following highlights: government agencies are encouraged to buy local (with a local food procurement strategy slated to come out by year’s end) a mention of the...
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10
Jul

New Brunswick School District Embraces a Partnership with the Network of Community of Cafeterias and Really Local Harvest

It has been just over a year now since the Francophone School District South in New Brunswick announced a partnership between the Network of Community Cafeterias and Really Local Harvest – a partnership designed to help students develop links with local food producers and enjoy interesting and varied learning experiences about their food and the...
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26
Jun

Croqu’Plaisir: Bringing local fruits and vegetables to daycare facilities in Montérégie, Quebec

An association of daycares in the Montérégie region of Québec (RCPEM[1]) have partnered with Équiterre and the regional conference of elected officers (CRÉ[2]) for the project Croqu’Plaisir. Considering that one Quebec child in five suffers from overweight (Shields, 2005) and that the average Canadian meal travels some 2500km (CAAAQ, 2008), this project aims to increase...
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Working with grocers
19
Jun

Working With Grocers

Health Canada’s  Office of Nutrition Policy  and Promotion  has just released a new report – Working with Grocers to Support Healthy Eating. This  report outlines trends influencing the food retail environment and consumer purchasing behaviour. It summarizes promising interventions from the literature and profiles experiences from Canadian programs to help us understand how the food...
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