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!
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.)
I wasn't expecting to be writing you this morning, but good news deserves a quick note!
As you may have heard, Toronto City Council passed its budget, and in the process, reversed a significant number of proposed cuts to City programs. Not just yesterday, but time after time over the last several months of the Core Service Review, funding and programs that were mulled and planned for cuts were saved. These included food security related programs like urban agriculture, the Toronto Environment Office, neighbourhood Environment Days, community grants, student nutrition, small business development and festivals, the Riverdale Farm and fees at farmer's markets. Yesterday, led by good food-friendly Councillors Colle, McMahon, Mihevc and others, additional funding was also restored to the Toronto Environment Office and Live Green Toronto community animators, as well as food security-related transit, child care and youth programs.
To think we've been in meetings and writing letters opposing these cuts since last summer... reviewing the above list shows the strength Torontonians have when we get involved and work together with neighbours and like-minded organizations. Thank you to all our members, supporters and partners for all the work you have done to keep Toronto healthy, compassionate and green. I was lucky enough to share this congratulation on food security and related wins on CP24 last night.
Now is the right time to work on a positive and propositional agenda that builds a City with good food jobs and community food access, allowing ventures to flourish and a sustainable City to be revealed in every neighbourhood.
If you haven't joined us, please become a member, make a one-time or monthly donation, and get involved as we organize in wards throughout the City to make this vision possible. It will certainly take good ideas, modest resources and more fun work!
- Darcy Higgins, Executive Director
"So let us be loving, hopefuly and optimistic. And we''ll change the world." - Jack Layton