Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council

A vision for good food for all!


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Next Steps for a food strategy

What is next?

What can Greater Sudbury do to help people eat healthier, fresher, and more local? What are some challenges for farmers, food banks, restaurants, dietitians, and foodies?

Help us develop a Food Strategy that will identify actions to grow and develop our food industry. Email EarthCare Sudbury with your suggestions or fill out these easy surveys:

(1) Food Access Survey,2626438613_92d08f2f9b
(2) Food Production Survey

Source: https://www.greatersudbury.ca/living/environmental-initiatives/earthcare-sudbury/food/greater-sudbury-food-strategy/


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Why do we need a Food Strategy?

Over the past few years, our community has seen a tremendous growth in the interest and investment in our food system. Retailers and restaurants showcase local food options, large institutions incorporate local food in their procurement policies and sign bylaws are being evaluated to help facilitate efforts of local food producers. Furthermore, there are many more opportunities to learn food skills through several organizations and our youth are being exposed to community gardens, compost programs and/or free healthy food options through the school system.

We hope to develop a Greater Sudbury Food Strategy and to continue to engage with the community to work towards an economically viable and ecologically sustainable food system that provides residents with accessible, affordable, nutritious and culturally acceptable food.

Source: https://www.greatersudbury.ca/living/environmental-initiatives/earthcare-sudbury/food/greater-sudbury-food-strategy/


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What is our Regional Food System?

sudburymapAs defined by the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council, our regional food system is our geographic area including and beyond the City of Greater Sudbury. It encompasses nearby agricultural lands and communities from which the citizens of Greater Sudbury derive a significant portion of their food, now or potentially in the future.

Source: https://www.greatersudbury.ca/living/environmental-initiatives/earthcare-sudbury/food/greater-sudbury-food-strategy/


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What is a food strategy?

A food strategy is a document that identifies short- and long-term actions to help enhance our current regional food system and prepare for growth and change in the future. Key elements will be social justice, environmental sustainability, healthy eating and economic and community growth. More specific topics within the food strategy will include growing, rearing or foraging for food, processing food, preparing food for consumption for households and food service industry, eating food and composting the remains. These topics correspond to the proposed changes in the chapter dealing with local food systems in the City’s Official Plan.

 

Source: https://www.greatersudbury.ca/living/environmental-initiatives/earthcare-sudbury/food/greater-sudbury-food-strategy/


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More upcoming food-related events

Learn more about our food system and give your input towards the Food Strategy!

  1. Sudbury Food Procurement Consultation:

Attention: Sudbury Food Business Owners, Chefs, Managers and Food Purchasers

On Wednesday January 11th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Health Sciences North, this consultation will allow for discussion about the challenges with sourcing, using and selling healthy, fresh, and regionally produced foods.

Input collected from this consultation will be used to shape the City of Sudbury Food Strategy, which will shape policies and directives for both public and private sectors to improve the growth, access, and consumption of these foods.

To register, visit:  https://sudbury-source-food.eventbrite.ca.

  1. Sudbury’s Culinary Tourism Forum

A full day of sessions, networking and discussion to help us Discover Sudbury’s Flavour at Sudbury’s Culinary Tourism Forum on January 24, 2017 at Collège Boréal.

For more information and to register, visit: www.sudburytourism.ca/culinary.


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Four-Minute Foodies: Innovative Food Initiatives in Greater Sudbury

UPDATE:

Confirmed speakers and their foodie topics:

  1. Stuart McCall, McGrow Farms – Local Food Procurement
  2. Colleen Zilio, Foodshed Project, Sudbury District Community Garden Network – Urban Growing
  3. Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre – Fresh Water and Forest Foods
  4. Victoria Armit, Sudbury and District Good Food Box Program – Food Access
  5. Julie Nadeau and Louis-Philippe Desjardins Larose, College Boreal – Rural food Production
  6. Sudbury Hospitality Association of Restaurant Entrepreneurs – Food Tourism

This free event takes place February 8 between 12 and 1 p.m. Get to know local businesses and food organizations that represent Sudbury’s food system. As part of the development of Greater Sudbury’s Food Strategy, speakers will share their inspiring and innovative new projects – projects that are making advancements in our community. Plus, enjoy free, delicious, local finger food!

Register now!