September 2011

Sep
28

Why We're Voting ON Good Food Jobs

Food Forward has been playing a big role in Vote ON Food and Farming, the provincial campaign led by Sustain Ontario to raise the profile of food and farming, by engaging residents and candidates in Toronto and across the province. We believe that good food has the power to make change. Please visit the website to pledge to make food and farming an election issue, and send a note to your candidates.

Volunteers are out at farmer's markets, festivals and all-candidate's meetings and many folks are involved in campaigns for candidates they believe will make good food change. Let us know if you'd like to get involved - email darcy@pushfoodforward.com

As FarmStart's Christie Young describes here, a new food economy that supports young farmers and food businesses can happen with a little more support, with a level-playing field for new, small and ecological farmers and food enterprises. Let's raise this vision of a stronger local economy with our candidates and get some commitments for change. Some parties are already discussing these issues (see voteonfood.ca for their platforms) and we need to see them implement action in office.

Vote for food and farming October 6.

Sep
23

Media Advisory: City Hall picnic Monday to oppose cuts

Saturday, September 23, 2011

Toronto food advocacy group, Food Forward, is inviting Torontonians to join outside City Hall for a picnic during lunch break of Monday's Budget Council meeting to share a healthy meal and chalk their vision of the City, preceding larger evening rallies.

"Cuts take a bite out of the core of suburban and downtown Toronto, and we're meeting to share that message," said Darcy Higgins, Executive Director of Food Forward.  "Reducing valuable services like community hubs, grants, food and health programs across the board will hurt Toronto's most vulnerable the hardest.  A better budget is possible."

Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao will be presenting a petition at Council Monday morning that asksit to stop cuts to environmental and food programs and to work more closely with Toronto residents to enhance community use of parks.  Programs such as Live Green Toronto are at risk, while users of Dufferin Grove and other parks have faced barriers in operating community food programs in public places.

"City services provided by the Toronto Environment Office give Torontonians the ability to learn food growing skills in their neighbourhoods and build healthier, stronger communities," said Abra Snider, General Manager of Fresh City Farms, a new business that grows food in the City.

City Councillors of all stripes have already come out against cuts.  Councillor Josh Matlow recently said in a statement, "I will not support reducing the work done by the Toronto Environment Office (TEO) and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund which, in many cases, have saved the City significant money while contributing to protecting our natural environment and public health."

 

Details: Nathan Phillips Square, 12:30-2:00PM, Monday, September 26

Contact: Darcy Higgins, 416-459-9975

darcy@pushfoodforward.com

@pushFoodForward

Sep
16

Act now: save our food programs

We now know that momentum and public opinion in Toronto is against the deep cuts proposed to our health, social, infrastructure and environmental services and grants.  Hundreds of Torontonians attended a meeting at Dufferin Grove Park to pen the joint Toronto Declaration.  It includes support for food programs, environmental programs and farmer's markets.

Councillors on the fence can we swayed to vote against cuts to food and related programs that make our City a healthier and more prosperous place to live.  Cuts to the Riverdale Farm, Toronto Urban farm, Toronto Environment Office and community grants as recommended by the City Manager are not on our agenda.  Please call or e-mail Councillors today to let them know that scrapping these programs hurts the most vulnerable Torontonians, job creation and our environment, and that our city can do better.  You can still sign our petition before we present it to Council.

In a time when municipal support for food programs like urban agriculture is increasing throughout the world, and the movement explodes in Toronto, we need more City support, not less.  Please spread the word online and ask your friends to call or write too.  Join our political picnic against the cuts at City Council's lunch break September 26.  See our TO Events Hub (above) for more!