COVID-19 has exposed many issues with our food systems and food supply chains, but let’s use this opportunity to change the conversation. This is an important time to source local foods when we can and strengthen our regional food systems.
Producers need to be well supported to keep farming and food production viable in our area. If the demand isn’t there, we will lose our local food supply. With borders being closed and food supply chains being vulnerable due to COVID-19, it’s become clear that we need strong, regional food systems in place, and that they must be strengthened and enhanced moving forward.
Spring is here and now is the time to start thinking about your gardening plans for the upcoming season! It’s a great time to start some seeds indoors. Have you considered which seeds are adapted for our climate, or why saving seeds is a big deal? Do you know which seeds to start indoors or outdoors and when?
Check out our new post on Celebrating Seeds for more information about why seeds matter and the how-to information you need to start your own at home.
We hosted an Eat Think Vote event on October 16, 2019. Coordinated by Food Secure Canada, these events were hosted across the country ahead of the 2019 federal election. The goals of the event were to bring food policy issues in Canada to the attention of our MP candidates, and help community members understand how federal food policy impacts us at the local level. The topics we chose for discussion included Indigenous food sovereignty, sustainable food systems, food insecurity, and healthy school food. See our ETV summary handout to learn more about these issues and what the federal policy implications are.
On Thursday, November 30, 2017, the Nipissing Area Food Roundtable hosted an event called the Hungry for Change: Food Insecurity Forum.
About 60 community members from various organizations attended and there was much discussion related to why an income solution is required to truly address food insecurity.
On Friday March 3rd we travelled to Mattawa to host the last of 5 Community Kitchen events. Mattawa Community Development Inc. had received a grant to run a series of community kitchens from the Ontario Seniors Secretariat.
This week’s theme was Easy Breakfasts. We started off the day with an introduction on eating breakfast and why it is so important to kick start your day.
With all the conversations I’ve had of late about the farmer’s market, eating fresh, and supporting local… CSA baskets have come up more than once. While there’s always one friend who is totally on board, and has already purchased a share, most around the table look at you, and say “Huh?”.
# 1 Martha’s Fried Pies: These little pockets of deliciousness are a big hit! They come in many different flavours including; pumpkin, apple, peach, blueberry, and many others! Get all the pie flavour you want, in one small pocket (makes you feel a little less guilty).
# 2 Spring Hill Farms Garden Centre and Berry Farm: This family run farm has been selling the most beautiful flower arrangements, hanging baskets and other garden goods. They’re also open 7 days a week (various hours) directly at the farm to purchase items. Visit their Facebook page for more information and some great shots of their beautiful crops!
On April 26, 2016 forty-six community stakeholders & leaders gathered at the St. Joseph’s Mother House for a full day action planning session for the Nipissing and Area Food Charter. Participants included representatives from: community/social service agencies, farms, farming associations, markets, gardens, local businesses, municipal government, schools, colleges, school boards, libraries, funders, and the general public. As a result of a productive, jam-packed day, a Nipissing and Area Food Charter Action Plan was developed and from that our Food Roundtable was born!
Welcome to the new site for the Nipissing and Area Food Charter. We hope you’ll find it a useful resource – please take the time to sign the charter to show your support!