Last night saw the launch of an exciting new project and website called Youth4Health in St. James Town (downtown Toronto). Youth have been busy working on a photo exhibition describing issues and solutions of health relating to food security in their community.
People were asked to review the multimedia and website, and share their own thoughts about needs in the neighbourhood. Community gardens, more access to healthy local foods in stores, balcony gardening and student education were all described as solutions, many of which are already underway there.
Click here to explore their new site to read the stories and interact:
Toronto's food movement is getting ready for the next big thing. A film showing of Fresh and events leading up are all the buzz.
Watch the trailer and come out Thursday night at Bloor Cinema to see the film and some of Food Forward's partners and supporters at a panel afterwards.
This week's events include an Evening at the Stop Community Food Centre Tuesday night.
All details can be found at the Radishes & Rhubarb blog.
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone on August 18 becomes the first municipal candidate to launch a comprehensive food policy. Food Forward congratulates Pantalone for his healthy policy touching a number of good food priorities which, if implemented, would lead to a healthier, more sustainable Toronto with stronger neighbourhood vitality.
See his policy committments here: “More Seats at the Table”: Joe Pantalone’s Plan for Food Prosperity
He also signed a pledge on food & farming developed for municipal candidates across Ontario by Sustain Ontario's which can be found at our Recipe page.
Globe & Mail coverage here.
Last week we visited beautiful gardens in Flemingdon park and Thornfliffe Park - one new, one very old. They had waiting lists of at least 1-2 years to get a spot. The benefits the gardeners spoke of were endless.
Attending an all-candidates meeting? Ask your councillor how they'll break down the barriers of starting gardens in the City, like this one by Greenest City in Parkdale.
Who wants to do one in Toronto?
Any candidates to join?
Food Forward's first event Eat In at City Hall's new green roof was a great success, with about 50 people coming together to talk about food as a priority in the 2010 municipal election.
Special thanks to mayoral candidates, Keith Cole, Joe Pantalone, Himy Syed, Sarah Thomson, as well as several council and trustee candidates for joining us. View Joe preparing his lunch for the event, on his blog.
Policy ideas that were outlined as priorities for Toronto's next Council can be found here.
Click below to see an album of photos from the event:
photos by Lip Liew