Projects

Advocacy

  • Building on advocacy from Sustain Ontario, the GSFPC, in partnership with the Community Garden Network, sent a letter to urge the Provincial government to declare community gardens essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many of the inequities that exist in our society, most notably food insecurity, and the GSFPC is writing to federal leaders to urge the government to start work immediately on a national basic income
  • In response to the increase in food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the GSFPC is connecting with Public Health Sudbury & Districts to reduce barriers to donating home and community garden grown produce to the food bank
  • The GSFPC is responding to calls for continued action on climate change by connecting with City Council and submitting strategies on how municipalities can apply a sustainable food system lens to climate action

Research

The GSFPC is pleased to partner with College Boreal, the Rural-Agri Innovation Network and the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance on the Understanding the impact and mitigation strategies of the COVID-19 outbreak on the agricultural sector in Northeastern Ontario project.

The objective of this applied research collaboration is to rapidly identify the emerging needs of Northeastern Ontario agri-businesses and provide enhanced support for production, distribution, and marketing activities during the pandemic, and evidence-informed recommendations and business strategies for agri-businesses and policy-makers to ensure economic stability and food security in the post-pandemic period. 

As part of the project, the research team developed an interactive online map of Northeastern Ontario that lists agri-businesses.

Education & Marketing

The GSFPC is delighted to be working with the Farm to Table – Northern Ontario Facebook group on a digital video series that will showcase both local farmers and northern cuisine. Our goal is to educate viewers about the diversity of food that is grown and raised in northern Ontario, share the creativity and resourcefulness of northern farmers, and inspire new ways to cook with fresh, regional ingredients. Follow the GSFPC on Facebook and Instagram for news on the release of the series.

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