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This report,  Alternative Avenues to Local Food in Schools: Ingredients for Success, provides the current school food context in 3 regions, Durham, Peel, and Thunder Bay, details 7 pilot projects, and includes 8 “Ingredients for Success” or guidelines for implementing local food projects that resulted from the pilots. As you continue to bring local food...
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Salad days at inner-city school
Tyler Beckett wants to be a landscaper and the urban farming program on the roof of his inner-city school has greened his thumb. “It’s helping get me prepare for a job when I’m done school,” said the 16-year-old Eastdale Collegiate Institute student in the Regent Park area. “I like getting involved with the garden and...
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Our Farm to Caf Story Bringing the Farm to our Cafeteria at Cardinal Leger Secondary School began when Ecosource helped us make a connection with a local farmer, Shannon Lee Stirling, from Albion Hills Community Farm. Shannon’s enthusiasm for sustainable practices inspired students to be a part of the Farm to Cafeteria movement and they...
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Growing Up Organic
Heritage Public School in Navan, Ottawa, Ontario is pretty proud of our new veggie gardens built by parent council and community volunteers. Here’s an article published in our local newspaper as well as some pictures. During the 16/17 school year, Heritage Public School’s parent council in Navan came across a program called Growing Up Organic,...
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Students United for Good Food For All
Here at Meal Exchange we are celebrating the success of one of our favourite events of the year, the National Student Food Summit!  Thes annual national gatherings  to support and empower students on college and university campuses across Canada to take an active role in creating a just, sustainable, and resilient food system, and the...
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LOCAL FOOD AND ONTARIO’S LONGTERM CARE SECTOR
This report documents the current state of local food usage in Ontario’s long-term care sector. Most of the 600+ homes in Ontario do not track local food usage and many report barriers to adding these items to their menus. With an estimated annual raw food spend in excess of $210 million, Ontario’s long-term care sector...
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Helping kids develop a green thumb: Mark Cullen
How one organization in Toronto is getting city-dwelling children excited about growing their own food. Photo: The kids and volunteers at Green Thumbs Growing Kids are encouraged to taste, harvest and take food from the school garden home. (DREAMSTIME) Kids take their lead where they find it. Parents steer kids in one direction, sometimes their school lives...
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Sustain Ontario
By Carolyn Webb, Sustain Ontario As the 4th in our free Local Food Literacy in Ontario Schools webinar series, this webinar – Growing Local Food Literacy – will focus on how to teach local food literacy while engaging students in developing gardening skills in various educational settings. Packed with hands-on tips and resources, our speakers from Ecosource (Region of Peel), Growing...
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Sustain Ontario
By Carolyn Webb, Sustain Ontario The recorded webinar and presentation slides from our Cooking Up Local Food Literacy in Ontario Schools are now available! This webinar was the third in our Local Food Literacy in Ontario Schools webinar series.  Recorded on March 22, 2017, this webinar focused on how to teach local food literacy while engaging students in preparing...
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Sustain Ontario
By Carolyn Webb, Sustain Ontario The recorded webinar and presentation slides from our Eating for Local Food Literacy in Ontario Schools are now available! This webinar was the second in our Local Food Literacy in Ontario Schools webinar series.  Recorded on February 22, 2017, this webinar focused on how to use school meals (including cafeteria lunches, hot meal days,...
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