Upcoming Events


The weather is cooling but there is still a lot on the go in November and December across the province. Several of these events are online or available by teleconference, so brew a cup of tea and settle in to get more connected with your food system. Email Sarah at info@rootcellarsrock.ca or call (709)237-4026 to add your community food event to the listing. Sign-up for the FSN Monthly E-News to find out about more events, opportunities and resources related to food security in NL!

Farmers' Markets

Fogo Island Farmers’ Market

When: Saturdays, July - fall Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Where: Fogo Central, next to the Credit Union

Local fresh produce and more. For more information contact Winston Osmond: osmond.winston@gmail.com or (709) 270-0748.

Grand Falls-Windsor Farmers' Market

When: Saturdays Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Where: 14 High Street (former Co-op Site)

Fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, beef, berries, crafts, etc. For more information Contact Gary Hennessey: ghennessey@grandfallswindsor.com or (709) 489-0483, or connect on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GrandFallsWindsorFarmersMarket

St. John's Farmers' Market

When: Saturdays, June - December Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Where: Lions Club Chalet, Bonaventure Ave.

Local produce, food, crafts, and more. Visit http://stjohnsfarmersmarket.org/ for more information.


Great Meals for a Change Fundraiser

When: Wednesday November 21st, 6-9pm Where: Blow Me Down Cross Country Ski Lodge, Corner Brook

Come out and enjoy a great meal, while supporting a local community group! The Western Environment Centre is hosting a fundraiser called Great Meals for a Change, featuring a three course sustainable meal and some lively discussion.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at More for Less Foods (Herald Ave) or at JL Gallery (86 West Street). Tickets cost $40, and meat or vegetarian options are available.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the initiatives of the Western Environment Centre including support for the Blow Me Down Community Garden, as well as Earth Day and Environment Week events.

For more info contact the Western Environment Centre at (709)639-0937 or info@wecnl.ca


Nurturing Nature in Programs & Play

When: September - November Where: MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mt. Scio Rd., St. John's

Fall Workshop Series at MUN Botanical Garden. These workshops are suitable for teachers, early childhood educators, youth group and recreation leaders, environmental educators, parents, and anyone who would like to incorporate nature and gardening into their programs and play. Each program will include activities, songs, games, stories, a package of resources and of course, a nature hike.

Programs include: Neighborhood Nature Hikes, Feathered Friends , Grocery Store Botany, Three Cheers for Composting, Halloween Howl, Get Growing Without a Greenhouse, Trees are Terrific, and Winter Woods Walk.

For more information and to register visit http://www.mun.ca/botgarden/news.php?readitem=204


Making the Food System Work for Women

When: November 19th- 30th Where: Online

10 experts, 10 essays, 1 topic.  A new essay will be released each day on the Oxfam Food and Gender blog.

Making the Food System Work for Women is a global online policy discussion forum, intended to reframe the discourse on food security from the perspective of women’s rights and women’s agency. Rather than critique the current state of affairs, the discussion seeks to generate bold proposals for building a collective agenda to advance gender justice within the food system.

For more information visit the Oxfam Food and Gender blog: http://blogs.oxfam.org/food-and-gender


Dig In Webinar Series: Organizing for Food Systems Change: Multi-Stakeholder Approaches and Resources for Food System Innovators

When: November 20 at 3pm Where: Online

Farm to Cafeteria Canada is pleased to announce  “Dig In”, a webinar series designed to provide inspirational ideas, tools and resources for Farm to Cafeteria enthusiasts. The “mini webinars” vary in length from 30-45 minutes and feature guest speakers who will engage the audience in lively dialogue on timely topics.

This webinar features speakers Sarah English, with the Sierra Youth Coalition, and Caitlin Colson, with Meal Exchange.

For more information visit the Sustain Ontario website: http://sustainontario.com/2012/11/14/13176/blog/events/farm-to-cafeteria-canada-dig-in-webinar-series-2


2012 ACORN Organic Conference & Trade Show

When: November 22 - 24 Where: Rodd Charlottetown, Charlottetown, PEI

Be a part of the largest organic conference in Eastern Canada. With over 500 attendees in 2011, ACORN’s conference is the gathering place for organic farmers, supporters, businesses and more! There are many ways to participate–by attending workshops (over 55), volunteering, taking part in the free Seedy Saturday (seed swapping) event or celebrating local food with a delicious 100% organic banquet!

There will be a kick-off celebration with a panel of Canadian advocates against Genetically Modified Organisms, including Lucy Sharratt (Canadian Biotechnology Action Network), Dr. E. Ann Clark (Associate Professor with U. of Guelph, now retired to farm), and Beth McMahon (Canadian Organic Growers).

For more information and to register visit: http://acornconference.org/


Choosing Healthy Food and Beverages Workshops

Join in at a fun hands-on workshop! You will learn to prepare quick snack and lunch ideas for your community meetings and events. This is great information for those who host /cater community events such as family fun days, sport tournaments, youth banquets, seniors get togethers, or parish/community dinners.

To register for any of  these workshops please contact Leslie Clark at 752-4907 or e-mail hpresourcescenter.stjohns@easternhealth.ca by the deadline indicated. There is no cost to attend.

Workshops are being held at the following locations and dates:

Bay Bulls and region

When: Thursday November 22, 2012 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Register by November 19th

Where: Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre, 48A Cemetery Road, Bay Bulls

Local Partners: Bay Bulls Athletic Association and Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Center

Pouch Cove – Flatrock area

When: Friday November 30, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Register by November 27th.

Where: All Saints Parish Hall, 104 Town Circle, Pouch Cove

Local Partners: Pouch Cove-Flatrock Recreation

Conception Bay South

When: Tuesday December 4, 2012 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Register by November 30th.

Where: Sobeys Community Room, Long Pond, CBS

Local Partner: Sobeys


Paradise International Food and Craft Expo

When: Sunday, November 25th Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Where: Rotary Paradise Youth & Community Centre, 68 McNamara Dr., Paradise. Admission: $4.00 (free for children 12 years & under)

Featuring local and international food and craft vendors from more than 18 countries around the world. Great entertainment and door prizes.

Local farmers interested in selling their produce at the Expos can apply. To book for table or for more information contact: Zainab Jerrett at (709) 722-8103 or (709) 699-6995, or e-mail:zharuna@warp.nfld.net


Quidi Vidi / Rennie’s River Development Foundation’s Jigg’s Harvest Dinner

When: Sunday, November 25th at 5pm Where: Suncor Energy Fluvarium, St. John's

Come enjoy this traditional meal without stepping into the kitchen. Adults –$35    Children (12  & under) –$15. To Reserve Tickets Call 722-3825. Proceeds help fund the Quidi Vidi / Rennie’s River Development Foundation’s Projects and Initiatives.

Appetizer: Roasted Potatoes & Pepper Soup.

Main: Traditional Jigg’s Dinner with Salt Meat, Pea’s Pudding & Roasted Beef Striplion.

Dessert: Homemade Blueberry Pudding.

Complimentary Glass of House Wine.


Newfoundland and Labrador Climate Change Adaptation Conference

When: Tuesday, November 27th all day Where: Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre, St. John's

The Department of Environment and Conservation invites you to the Newfoundland and Labrador Climate Change Adaptation Conference.

This full-day event will highlight the results of the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA) projects in Newfoundlandand and Labrador. Topics will include saltwater intrusion, flood risk mapping, and community climate change adaptation planning.

Opening remarks: Minister of Environment and Conservation, Hon. Tom Hedderson.

Keynote Speaker: Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade.

Coffee at 8 am, conference will begin at 8:30 am.

Online registration is available until November 21st at https://conf.stuaff.mun.ca/getdemo.ei?id=45&s=_0MK0XSI1F

Registration fee: $60 + HST / $30 + HST for students. Nutrition breaks and lunch provided.

Delta Hotel rooms have been reserved for this event – note Department of Environment and Conservation when reserving.

Please contact Kimberly Bittermann at (709) 729-1790 or kimberlybittermann@gov.nl.ca for more information.


Food Security Network of NL's 2012 Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 28 Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Where: Foran Room, St. John's City Hall

Join us for FSN’s 2012 Annual General Meeting! The meeting is open to the public and is a great way to learn more and get involved with FSN.

Voting members are encouraged to attend in person or by phone to review FSN's financial statements for the 2011-2012 year and to elect new members to FSN's board of directors.

The afternoon will include an update on FSN's activities over the 2011-2012 year and networking opportunities for those working in or interested in food security in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Following the meeting business and activity update, we will hold a facilitated discussion on our organization’s core values. FSN is seeking the input of our members and supporters to help us develop a comprehensive set of organizational values that reflect our current work and guide our future activities.

To renew your organizational or individual voting membership with FSN please visit http://www.foodsecuritynews.com/getting-involved.html#membership

Free tea, coffee, and healthy snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP to Rick Kelly at richardkelly@foodsecuritynews.com or 709-237-4026. Funding to cover travel to the AGM from outside St. John's may be available to voting members. If you are unable to attend in person, but would like to participate, teleconference options are available.

Member organizations attending the meeting are invited to set up displays.


Western Environment Centre Action Meeting

When: November 28 (Last Wednesday of every month, except December) Time: 7:30 pm Where: 86 West Street, Second floor, Suite 5, WEC boardroom

The Western Environment Centre (WEC) is a charitable, non-profit, organization based in Corner Brook which strives to engage communities in environmental issues, build capacity and involvement in projects related to environmental action and sustainability, and create a community of environmentally pro-active citizens. WEC is involved in a number of food security projects.

The Western Environment Centre is kick starting their new monthly ACTION meetings and they want you to be there. During these monthly meetings WEC will organize the logistics of running their events throughout the year. It is the perfect opportunity for anyone to get involved in this grass-roots organization.

For more information, email Simon at info@wecnl.ca, or visit www.wecnl.ca.


Coastal Matters: “An American Herring Fishery in the Bay of Islands: Forgotten Episodes”

When: Wednesday, November 28th Where: Arts and Science Building, AS 2026, Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook (the original building on campus; the one with the swimming pool and room 2026 is located in the new extension at the front of the building)

ACAP Humber Arm is pleased to announce we will be hosting the Dr. Rainer Baehre, Assistant Professor of Historical Studies at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University as our next Coastal Matters speaker.   This talk provides insight into treaty arrangements between the United States and Great Britain following the Convention of 1818, that confirmed American access to the fishery in Atlantic Canada and, specifically, in western Newfoundland.

As with all Coastal Matters presentations this event is open to the public and free of charge.  Tea and Coffee will be available.

Coastal Matters is generously supported by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

For more information contact visit the NLEN website: http://www.nlen.ca/events/coastal-matters-an-american-herring-fishery-in-the-bay-of-islands-forgotten-episodes/


Free FSN Teleconference: Garden Mind - Indoor Gardening

When: Monday, December 10 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Newfoundland Time)

As the winter approaches gardeners typically close down their gardens until the spring. A new organization in St. John's is promoting novel ways to garden indoors all year long. Garden Mind offers free workshops and consultations in the St. John's area, but we're organizing a teleconference so that gardeners all over the province can learn about their indoor gardening techniques.

Join us for a presentation from Danilo González of Garden Mind on indoor and vertical gardening.

The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Register Now by contacting Rick Kelly at richardkelly@foodsecuritynews.com or by calling (709) 237-4026.

About FSN teleconferences: Participants call in to a free 1-800 number which connects them to the presenter and all the other participants. Before the teleconference FSN distributes, via email, the call-in instructions as well as a PDF presentation to follow along with on your own computer.


December Potluck & Meet and Greet

When: Friday December 14th, 6-8pm Where: Bay Roberts Visitors Pavilion

All are welcome! An initiative of MRON Inc. 

For more information call (709)596-6217