Best Practices Toolkits

The Best Practices Toolkits were developed by Food First NL to assist community organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador in starting bulk buying clubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and farmers' markets.

They outline key steps and provide a range of tools and supports that will help you organize a program that suits your particular group’s needs and are based on best practices research drawn from a review of existing reports, resources, and guides, with particular attention to resources from Newfoundland and Labrador. Each toolkit includes a bibliography which lists the materials consulted in this review. This research was enhanced by consultations with organizers and participants of these initiatives from across Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere in Canada.



Bulk Buying Club Best Practices Toolkit

Community Garden Best Practices Toolkit

Community Kitchen Best Practices Toolkit

Farmers' Market Best Practices Toolkit 



To complement the Best Practices Toolkits, Food First NL has created two additional sets of resources:

Farmers Market Food Safety Handbooks

Since the Best Practices Toolkits were released, the province released the new Public Market Guidelines dealing with food safety. Food First NL created companion handbooks for market organizers and vendors to help support food safe practices in Farmers Markets across NL. Download the handbooks here: 

Farmers' Market Organizer Food Safety Handbook

Farmers' Market Vendor Food Safety Handbook



Food First NL created a series of presentations and speaker's notes based on the four Best Practices Toolkits. To find out more and to download the presentations visit the Presentation Series Page on the archived Food Security Network of NL (FSN) website. 


Funding was provided by the Poverty Reduction Division, Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, and the Health Promotion & Wellness Division, Department of Health and Community Services of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for the development of the Best Practices Toolkits and Presentation Series.

Funding was provided by the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program through the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the development of the Farmers' Market Food Safety Handbooks.