We're pleased to launch this snapshot of the good food work motion in Toronto, alongwith a membership campaign & contest to grow Food Forward & our voice. This video has sprouted up thanks to Red Gecko Productions with help from some of our friends.
Leave a comment and let us know what you think, and please share this with friends. Become a member of Food Forward today!
Who should join & share? Those who care about prioritizing access to good food and good food jobs in Toronto, who want to help create an environmentally sustainable and more equitable society, while building community through food! Your membership enables our work & provides you with event discounts, great resources, and unique ways to become more involved. A donation of what you can afford keeps Food Forward sustainable. Current members can also renew or donate.
To sweeten the deal, we're launching a membership contest as part of a drive to get more Torontonians involved. It's simple: we're asking for your help in bringing new members to Food Forward from today (June 5th) to June 22. Let us know by that date who you've referred (you can email Darcy). The member who's signed up the most Food Forward newbies will win a delicious gift basket of local & sustainable food & treats from some of the small businesses featured in our video (like Earth & City!) Good luck, and let us know if you have any questions!
It's been a little while since our last Foodie Drinks, so we're coming back strong with a great event highlighting wards 15/16, this time at a small food market! Everyone from the area and beyond welcome to come learn, brainstorm, and connect.
Foodie Drinks is our monthly chance to mingle, network and build new relationships around good food in Toronto.Whether you work or volunteer in food, or are just interested in growing vegetables or supporting Toronto businesses, this is a great place to see friends and make new ones.
This month will feature special guest, Councillor Josh Colle, member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and active advocate of good food jobs. Come learn from our non-profit and business guests, Growing for Green (Ben Nobleman Community Orchard & Sharing Backyard) and the innovative Wo-Built.
We'll be at Zito's Marketplace sipping cafe, 210 Marlee Avenue (Just 3 blocks from Glencairn Station), Tuesday, May 29, 7:00-9:30PM
Let people know you're coming on Twitter with #FoodieDrinks
*Free entrance, but grab a Food Forward membership to get involved and advocate for a better food system. Or become a member now by clikcing Join Us above! Wheelchair accessible with partially accessible washroom.
Facebook event here.
Food Forward will be participating in the Urban Gardening and Food Forum hosted by Councillor Michelle Beradinetti in Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest. We'd like to thank her for the information and for prioritizing food solutions in her ward. Here's more info - can you join us?
Date: Saturday April 28, 10am-2pm
Location: Access Point on the Danforth, 3079 Danforth Avenue (at Victoria Park Avenue)
Details: The event will include workshops on Container/Balcony Gardening (including FREE compost and containers), seed planting for kids, information on the downspout disconnection program, rain barrels and face painting!
Talk with Sharing Backyards and you might find a “growing” partner! Get help with your “green ideas” from Live Green Toronto. Share your information and recipes on Seeds of the World.
Tour of the rooftop garden area – the only one in Scarborough!
Starting at 1pm:
Interested in issues of food security in your neighbourhood and doing something about it, or want to learn more? Join Food Forward in this workshop to learn more about some of the problems in our food system and think about solutions for Scarborough Southwest!
Special thanks to Access Point and Access Alliance
Toronto and its City Council are at a food movement crossroads. We have the choice, which I'm sure we'll take, to go the local, delicious route, and choose to create dynamic and innovative food culture by allowing diverse street food in the City.
After failed rules and programs, the time is right to allow entrepreneurs more room to create exciting dishes throughout the City and ending silly rules that prevent good things from happening.
That's why we're partnering with some of Toronto's street food stars to bring you the Toronto Street Food Project. This campaign launches a website which lets you send a letter and a tweet, quick & easy, to your Mayor and Councillor with a simple message: change the outdated rules - we've waited long enough!
As the letter says, Toronto's food sector provides 58,000 jobs. Street food has been cut back time and time again in Toronto, while a growing movement want to see good, safe and exciting food more available.
Please check the site, share it, and check back. Time and time again, people doing community food projects and businesses are hitting barriers at City Hall. Support the Toronto Street Food Project and let's get a start on making this a more food friendly City.
(Stay tuned for more from us on bringing this issue to City Hall.)