Upcoming Events


Take a look at what's happening this month!


Hopedale Gardening Workshop

When: Tuesday, March 20 Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Where: New After School Building, Hopedale

Learn how to start your own container garden and get some great composting tips!

Healthy snacks & beverages will be provided. RSVP to Fran Boase at franboase@foodsecuritynews.com or call 709-933-3458

Hosted by the NiKigijavut Hopedalimi Committee



Master Planning Meeting - O'Brien Farm

When: March 21, 2012 Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Where: E.B. Foran Room, St. John’s,  City Hall

The O’Brien Farm Foundation in conjunction with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Sites Division, is developing a Master Plan for O’Brien Farm.

Established by Irish immigrants over 195 years ago, the 30 acre farm is the last of thirty-five such farms that once occupied the area known as Freshwater Valley. Today, the site has been acquired by the Provincial Government with the intention of preserving, protecting and presenting this important part of our local Irish and agricultural heritage.

The public is invited to an open house to view historical maps and information about the O’Brien Farm, and to discuss ideas about how the farm can best be used to interpret and present its historical significance.

Contribute your thoughts and ideas to the Master Planning process.


MUN National Student Food Charter Consultations

The National Student Food Charter (NSFC) aims to gather student voices, connect ideas to action, and unify the Canadian student food movement! Check out www.studentfood.ca

During Sustainability Days on Campus (March 20-23) Come meet up with other students who are interested in issues surrounding food on campus, locally, nationally, and globally.

Two discussions will focus the six principles to be developed in the charter: Health, Social Justice, and Supporting Local Economies and Environment, Transparency and Participation, and Celebration

Exact date, time, and location for these discussions will be announced shortly.

For more information: www.studentfood.ca www.mealexchange.com

If you have questions about these discussions at MUN please contact: Rachel Courey- MUN NSFC Consultation Facilitator at rcourey@mun.ca or Memorial Campus Food Strategy Group Coordinators (Riley and Ewa)  at memorial@studentfood.ca


Growing Good Health – Community Resources for Gardening and Good Food

March 23rd 10:00am – 2:30pm at Father Val Power Learning Centre, Riverhead

Herbs are a great way to add flavour to your plate & beauty to your garden. Join local growers and Donna Nolan, Regional Nutritionist, for an interactive workshop on culinary herbs, featuring great recipes for good health! Learn how to cook with culinary herbs year round with this hands on demonstration. We’ll cover seed starting, transplanting, and gardening with herbs in containers.

A nutritious meal featuring local produce will be provided.

Please RSVP no later than March 22nd to reserve your place! Contact Sarah Crocker, Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Coordinator, for more information via phone (709) 753-5554 or email sarahc@nearedb.ca


Culinary Herbs for your Garden & Health

March 28th 1- 3:30, Carbonear Pool Multipurpose Room, Carbonear

Make the most of your garden with culinary herbs for flavor and nutrition. Join local experts, Donna Bishop, from GrowDat Farm, and Andrea Maunder of Bacalao Restaurant to learn more!

This is a hands on demonstration of container herb gardening and culinary uses, with light snack provided.

Please RSVP no later than March 25th to reserve your place!

Contact Kerri Abbott, Mariner Resource Opportunities Network for more information at (709) 596-6217, or email kabbott@mron.ca


3rd Annual NL Environmental Educators (NLEE) Workshop: Hope and the Environment

When: March 29 - 31 Where: Pinetree Lodge and Cabins, Traytown, NL

With Special Guest - Dr. Elin Kelsey: Award-winning author, consultant and academic as well as a leading spokesperson for hope, resilience and the environment.

Come join us to share ideas, resources and knowledge with fellow environmental educators. Teachers, students, interpreters, youth leaders, government and non-government educators - Anyone who teaches formally or informally about the environment is welcome to join NLEE and participate in the upcoming workshop! If you're interested in attending or presenting, contact Alannah Hunt at nlee.workshop@gmail.com


Organic Outlook 2012

When: March 29th 2:00 – 7:30 pm

Where: Canon Wood Hall, St. Thomas’ Church, 9 Military Road St. John’s

Registration is $20, special rates for ACORN & ACORN-NL members


Registration opens at 2pm

Policy and Certification (2:30 – 4:30pm)

- Overview of Canadian Organic Regime & National Outlook

Provincial Scope - How provinces can support organic farmers

Growing Organically (5:00-7:30pm)

- Supper time farmer to farmer talk on organic inputs, and weed ecology.

Delicious local & organic meal included

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Crocker at sa.crocker@gmail.com

Guest Speaker Biography: Roxanne Beavers is an advisor for new organic farmers for the AtlanticCanadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN). Together with her husband, she ran a market garden (Salad Bow lGardens) for 6 years, selling salad mix and heirloom vegetables at the Truro Farmers Market and through a 25-member CSA. She is also an agrologist and organic farm and fair trade inspector.


Seventh Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association for Food Studies

When: May 26 - 28 Where: Waterloo, ON

A FORK IN THE ROAD: Crossroads for Food Studies - Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo

Program Highlights:

Saturday, May 26 - Plenary session: Food Research in the Age of “Sustainability”, Graduate student session: Community-Based and Action Research

Sunday, May 27 - Field trips (destinations TBA), Brown-bag lunch conversation, Panel discussion: At the Crossroads—Food Studies and Interdisciplinarity

Monday, May 28 - CAFS 2012 Annual General Meeting, Keynote address: Terry Marsden, Cardiff University Local and Seasonal Banquet, catered by Gusto Catering, at the Victoria Park Pavilion

Register now at www.congress2012.ca ( Earlybird deadline: March 31, 2012). Draft schedule available at: www.foodstudies.ca