In May, we attended two separate national conferences devoted respectively to the farm to school, and farm to healthcare movements. Networking, and learning more about the successes and challenges others have faced in these endeavours, help empower us to lead the charge here at home, in institutional food work.
The 2019 Canada Food Guide provides a solid new science-based foundation for healthy eating. Now it's time for bold leadership and action, across sectors, to make the guide's recommendations accessible for Newfoundlanders & labradorians.
Turning 20 is a remarkable milestone for Food First NL, and as with any milestone, it presents us with an opportunity to take stock – to look back to our origins, reflect on what we’ve accomplished, and plan for where we want to go.
Through our partnership with Farm to Cafeteria Canada, Food First NL acts as the provincial lead in establishing the continent-wide “Farm to School” movement in Newfoundland & Labrador. In late October, we trained in the latest 3 local schools to have adopted Farm to School programs in our province.
Everybody Eats is a nationally recognized project that convenes key players from the public, private, and community sectors, so we may all — from farmers and fishers to policy makers and consumers – work together in building a more vibrant food system, and a more food secure Newfoundland & Labrador
The Everybody Eats Action Group on Community Food Self-Sufficiency is striving to improve our access to locally produced and wild foods, as well as promoting the skills required to avail of them.
Read up on Guaranteed Annual Income as a means to address poverty-induced hunger, the throes of shrugging off the “Starving Student” stereotype, why hunters in NL cannot donate meat to food banks, why meat producers are moving away from antibiotic use, the success of the Clarenville Farm & Market, and more.
Nearly 1 in 4 single parents, and 1 in 9 people living alone in our province struggle to access adequate healthy food in our province. To address statistics like these, the Everybody Eats Action Group on Cost of Food & Household Food Insecurity has drafted the first Cost of Food in NL report in over a decade.
Many months of fun, hard work have culminated in the creation of 9 new programs in 3 communities in the Coast of Bays that will improve residents' access to healthy, affordable food — from pig & chicken rearing, to community freezers full of donated game, fish, and berries, to community farms that include a plot for the local school, and more, like the heritage rhubarb garden pictured above, that's already produced tasty treats for the whole town.
To make the healthy choice an accessible and easy choice for Newfoundlanders & Labradorians, we must ensure the public has access to healthy food in places where many people spend much of their time, like schools, hospitals, and government buildings. Furthermore, these sectors have profound purchasing power: if they bought and served more local food, they'd become serious economic engines and lynch pins for our local food system.
Cost of Food & Household Food Insecurity is 1 of the first 3 Action Groups formed through our Everybody Eats project, which is building a roadmap towards better Food Security in Newfoundland & Labrador.
While putting a motion forward this week, senator Art Eggelton acknowledged our partner Farm to Cafeteria Canada, for their Farm to School program. It was this very program that helped create the farm to school salad bar in place at St. Bonaventure’s in St. John’s (and 3 more forthcoming to our province!)
Thanks to these events, one group of seniors knows where to get a variety of fresh local foods, from fish, berries, and produce, to quail and quail eggs, and breads made using locally milled, organic flour, and another group has the fermenting skills they need to get more out of their home gardening efforts.