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Six organizations collaborated on this project to increase the capacity of local communities to create and strengthen sustainable local food systems in Ontario. The project was funded by the Healthy Communities Fund of the Ontario Ministry of Health  and Long-Term Care, from October 1, 2013 - March 31, 2015, and was guided by a project steering committee, consisting of representatives of the project partners.

farming familyProject partners included:

  • Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC)
  • Sustain Ontario
  • Rural Agricultural Innovation Network (RAIN)
  • Huron Food Action Network
  • Harvest Haliburton
  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)
  • FoodNet Ontario

Project Activities

Communications: The project was announced by a media release distributed through partners' networks. Information about individual partners' activities were communicated using a broad range of communication methods. Resources and knowledge were shared among partners and others through regular meetings, webinars, and social media.

Food Systems Tool Kit: A comprehensive, dynamic on-line toolkit has been developed in English and French to assist community organizations and others in creating and implementing comprehensive community food systems plans.

Peer Learning Circles: Led by Sustain Ontario, four peer learning circles were established and participants are continuing to meet regularly to learn collectively about particular aspects of the food system or food system planning processes.

HFFA case studies coverCommunity Planning Case Studies: Four existing community organizations in four regions of the province were assisted to undertake a local food systems planning process and embark on action plans developed through this process.

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) in the Sault Ste. Marie area is increasing access to local food through innovative marketing techniques
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) in Thunder Bay is developing a food strategy guidebook to showcase planning process and community success stories, as a means of engaging leadership, funders and community members. 
  • The Huron Food Action Network (HFAN) is developing a Food Charter for Huron County 

  • Harvest Haliburton is conducting a Community Food Assessment

  • The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) in the Sault Ste. Marie area is increasing access to local food through innovative marketing techniques

  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) in Thunder Bay is developing a food strategy guidebook to showcase planning process and community success stories, as a means of engaging leadership, funders and community members. Recently, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Food Summit 2014 – “Traditional Foods without Borders” took place in Thunder Bay. Click here to read a summary of the conference.

Learning Activities: A series of learning activities have been organized for staff and volunteers of community organizations and networks who are working to develop a local sustainable food system. A three-part webinar series on various aspects of local food systems was conducted in February and March, 2014, in collaboration with HC Link, and recorded for future viewing. Another three webinars were held in the fall of 2014 for small nonprofit organizations on developing, sustaining and optimizing social media presence. Two final webinars, one on the Food Systems Tool Kit as well as the Peer Learning Circles and the second on the case studies developed by community partners took place in March 2015.  

Read Joan Brady's (HFFA Manager) Op-Ed about her participation at a UN event on farming.

For more information about this project contact info@ohcc-ccso.ca.

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