Sudbury Seedy Sunday – growing the garden of ideas

Getting out and connecting with the community is one of our Coordinator’s, Erica’s, favourite things to do! And Sudbury Seedy Sunday on March 1st was no exception. Seed swappers and seed sellers, as well as other community groups and food vendors, were all in attendance.

Erica wanted to build a garden of ideas so she asked attendees to share something they loved about food in Sudbury, or something that they wanted to see change. The ideas were as varied as the people giving them. From loving the Sudbury Market, to local farmers, to growing vegetable gardens, there’s a lot of love for local food. On the other hand, people want to see more support for local farmers with protected farmland, the ability to keep backyard chickens and bees, and support for incubator kitchens.

Want to share your ideas? Connect with Erica to chat about what’s important to you, or join us at a council meeting.

6th Annual Four-Minute Foodies a Success!

On Tuesday February 19 the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council hosted the 6th annual Four-Minute Foodies event at Tom Davies Square. Designed as a fun, fast-paced speaker event and networking session, Four-Minute Foodies brought together businesses, community groups, Public Health, the City of Sudbury, and anyone interested in hearing from leaders in our food system. And food! Participants heard from five speakers involved in changing the food landscape in Sudbury, and were treated to delicious food from Hiawatha’s Catering.

Speakers included:

Read more about the event here: Four-Minute Foodies event takes “you are what you eat” to heart

CTV Northern Ontario: Positive changes in Sudbury’s food sector

You’re invited to the 6th annual Four-Minute Foodies

Join us for our annual Four-Minute Foodies event on Wednesday February 19th from 12:00-1:00pm at Tom Davies Square Provincial Building Rooms C and D. Hear from Sudbury businesses, organizations and groups as they share new and exciting projects that are making a difference to the way food is grown, distributed, and consumed in our city.

Each presenter will speak for four minutes about how they or their organization is making positive changes to Sudbury’s food system.

Light snacks featuring local ingredients will be provided.

Register today for this FREE event!

Meet the new Food Strategy Outreach Coordinator

The Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council (GSFPC) is excited to announce the launch of the Food Strategy Outreach Coordinator position, and would like to introduce Erica Lagios as the new Coordinator. Since 2013 the GSFPC has brought together stakeholders and community leaders to coordinate and share ideas, and foster collaboration and communication among those working within the food system. The launch of the Greater Sudbury Food Strategy in 2017 by the GSFPC was an important milestone in moving the community towards a more equitable and sustainable food system. The Food Strategy Outreach Coordinator will gather those working in the food system, and build and strengthen partnerships to further improve food security and sovereignty in our city.

Since moving to Sudbury from Southern Ontario in 2015, Erica has delved into Northeastern Ontario’s food movement, working with Eat Local Sudbury before it’s closure, and managing the Sudbury Market. She brings to the role established relationships with important stakeholders, extensive knowledge of the local food movement, experience as a stakeholder in the development of the Culinary Tourism Strategy, and participation with the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council as a resource member, including participation in the Food Strategy launch.

Erica will create a solid a base for future action on the Food Strategy through interviews with key organizations, businesses and groups, community outreach, and gathering stakeholders together to plan next steps. If you would like to contact Erica, you can reach her at

The Food Strategy Outreach Coordinator position is a partnership between the GSFPC and reThink Green, and is made possible by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Job Creation Program.

Free Film Screening- The Biggest little farm

Wednesday November 20, 2019

Lockerby Composite School Auditorium

Doors open 6:30 pm, film 7:00  pm, discussion follow

Please join us in viewing The Biggest Little Farm. The film chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, the film provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

The discussion will allow us to share ideas on how to support more sustainable food systems.

Brought to you by a partnership between the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council, Sudbury Shared Harvest, reThink Green, EarthCare Sudbury, and the Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre.

To register visit:

Trailer found here: BLF Poster

Growing a Sustainable Food System

Community Progress on the Greater Sudbury Food Strategy November 2017 to December 2018

In 2017, the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council released the Greater Sudbury Food Strategy. It includes actions related to healthy food, growing food in urban areas, forest and freshwater foods, food retail, and agriculture.

This infographic highlights just some of the amazing food initiatives happening across Greater Sudbury. GSFStrat_Progress_Report_Infographic_Full_SectionedGSFStrat_Progress_Report_Infographic_1_Intro


Four Minute Foodies 2019!

You’re invited!

February 13, 2019, 12 to 1 pm

The Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council is hosting the fifth-annual Four Minute Foodies event on Wednesday, February 13th in Board Rooms C and D of the Provincial Building at Tom Davies Square, from 12 to 1 pm.

This event features several Sudburians who are making a difference to the way food is grown, distributed, and consumed in Greater Sudbury.

Each presenter will speak for four minutes, about how they or their organization is making positive change to Sudbury’s Food System.

The Greater Sudbury Food Strategy Progress Report will be launched at this event.

Click here to register for your free ticket on Eventbrite!

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Food Literacy Program Questionnaire

GTA_8028Public Health Sudbury & Districts is conducting a survey of Food Literacy programs in Greater Sudbury. If you or your organization has any connection with cooking programs, food skills instruction or community or collective kitchens, please fill out this short survey:

This is for anyone involved with food literacy programs in the past, present or possible future.

We also welcome you to attend our upcoming event, “A Kitchen Gathering: Convening a Food Literacy Network for Greater Sudbury,” 9:00 to 11:30 am on May 4th at Collège Boréal.

Bringing together leaders in food literacy across Greater Sudbury, this event will provide a venue for sharing stories about food and cooking programs operating throughout the city. Participants will hear from a panel of program leaders about how their programs are serving their communities.

The panel presentation will be followed by small-group discussions where participants will share their own successes, make connections, and brainstorm about how a Food Literacy Network may help to improve the food skills and food literacy of people in Greater Sudbury.

A Kitchen Gathering: Convening a Food Literacy Network for Greater Sudbury will offer ideas to support your programs, links to possible resources, and an opportunity to network with food literacy leaders across the city.

Even if you can’t make it out on May 4th, we still want to connect with you! This Kitchen Gathering is just the first step to building an ongoing Food Literacy Network for Greater Sudbury, and there will be more ways to take part in the near future.

Please click here to indicate your interest in joining the Food Literacy Network.