The annual Eastern Ontario Local Foods Conference, taking place November 22-23 in Belleville, Ontario is fast approaching. This year’s theme of “Mission: Resilience” centers around the importance of forecasting climate trends to create sustainable local food systems. Local food systems are constantly altering due to climate change, shifting trade landscapes and social trends. This year’s conference will explore what we can do today to maintain and enhance the resilience of our local food system. This event will feature award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Sarah Elton, who will discuss how Eastern Ontario local food systems can be part of a solution to serious global challenges.
The second day of the Eastern Ontario Local Foods Conference on November 5th turned out to be just as exciting as the first. An “Ignite” session featured 10 local food presentations on a range of informative topics that included:
- Bruce Enloe, Two Rivers Food Hub spoke about community collaboration
- Kim Leadbeater, Northumberland Food Policy Committee described how policy has led to the development of a local food Smart Board resource for schools
- Trissia Mellor, Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre revealed what operations look like at the County’s newly-operational micro food processing facility
The Cities of Belleville and Quinte West hosted the 5th annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference, November 4th and 5th in the City of Belleville. The theme for the conference set the tone for an exceptional offering of information, inspiration and local food experiences (Creativity + Collaboration = Action). More than 200 delegates, speakers and mentors were offered a program that ignited their passion and moved them to action, with the hope that they each take that inspiration back to their communities to further advance the local food economy in Eastern Ontario. Continue reading A look back at the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference Part 1 of 2
The recently held 5th annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference ‘Destination Quinte Region’ tour was hit with delegates. There were six delicious stops on the tour, highlighting some of the region’s local food diversity and success stories, and providing a closer view of their operations.
The first stop included a tour and delicious sampling of product from La Cultura Salumi in Quinte West. Jane Aballe provided participants with an overview of the operation, and spoke about the care and attention every piece of meat receives as it’s cured in using old world traditions. Continue reading Local Food ‘Destination Quinte Region’ Tour a Hit
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What is your role in the Regional Economic Development Branch? I have the pleasure of working as an Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor out of the Brighton office in Eastern Ontario. I work with rural Eastern Ontario communities in both Northumberland and Haliburton Counties on economic development initiatives. Continue reading Staff Profile: Heather Candler
You’re a small community in rural Ontario. You have a stable or declining population, no downtown core, no economic development officer and no strong drivers of economic activity. Give up, right? Not so fast…
Economic development is a means to an end goal, which is community well-being. And Teeny Tiny Places can improve community well-being as much as any other place. They simply work on a different scale and with a different toolkit. Continue reading Too Small for Economic Development? 5 Strategies for Teeny Tiny Places.