social entrepreneurship


Our Café in the Park

Food Forward has been supporting the community food connections to help get a unique project off the ground in St. James Town.  Our member and cafe organizer, Rebecca blogged about its launch event, intended to outreach and build further support.  Our Education Intern Caitlin Greenham and Executive Director, Darcy Higgins spoke at the event on engaging in the municipal budget and provincial election.  Partnerships made this happen, with resident support along with organizations such as Low Income Families Together (LIFT), Toronto Green Community and many neighbourhood organizations.  More photos will be shared on our Facebook group.

Below is from Rebecca's blog, The First Day:

While I haven’t been writing, I haven’t given in to despair. I have been busy working on a project to engage people to enjoy and advocate for for healthy affordable food. Our plan is to establish a co- operative community café where people from many economic and cultural groups can talk, organize, eat, drink, cook, listen to music, and join in growing and preparing food and buying affordable organic food through a food buying club.
Through the amazing connection-making powers of Nancy and Jo, and many others, we have built a strong network of people and organizations who are helping make this project happen (we’re still looking for more – if you’re interested!) On Friday August 19, we held the first trial run of the community café, and it was a fantastic success! 
While we work now on securing funds and a permanent space, we're also looking forward to the next café in the park, on September 23!

Thank you to Jeffrey Chan for the fantastic photos!





Pushing Further: Building your career in the good food movement

The booming food sector is providing a variety of exciting opportunities for today’s innovative job seekers and for those looking for a change of career. Already making up one of eight Toronto jobs, food work is a key component of the City’s employment and economy.

- The purpose of this mini-conference is to provide a series of educational and interactive sessions for those interested in getting or starting a job in the food, and related environment or health promotion sectors while making a difference in society.

- Find out what opportunities are hot and tasty. Learn about social entrepreneurship, different models of funding and if what might be right for you. Get advice from business owners and share & develop your own ideas or strategies for making it work.

- A similar event was done last November and found to be very popular... in fact, the networking and empowerment opportunities turned out to be the best part. Click here for a review of that event.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 9th, 11:30AM-5:00PM

Location: OISE, University of Toronto - room OISE 5260 (252 Bloor Street West)

Speakers and workshops:

- Introduction to the food movement and opportunities in the creative food economy & food system research - Harriet Friedmann, leading food policy researcher, Geography Professor and fellow of the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

- Nogah Kornberg, Executive Director of Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada - a workshop on skills that define a social entrepreneur, the difference between social entrepreneurship, nonprofit, charity work; and the growing area of "intra-preneurship"

- Kathleen Mackintosh, Founder and Owner of Culinarium, Toronto's all local food store - will discuss her experience starting local, sustainable food business that focus on people's needs and desires for fresh, healthy meals. Kathleen has a degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Ryerson University and holds Culinary Arts and Tour Guide certificates both from George Brown College.

- Noelle Munaretto, Operations Manager of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance and Coordinator with Young Urban Farmers CSA - Noelle will discuss opportunities in freelance food writing, urban agriculture and local food marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism with Honours from Ryerson University.

- "Unconference" style session on food sector work

- Post-event social & networking opportunity, and refreshment/healthy food break during the afternoon

Cost: $45 for Food Forward members, $50 for non-members, $5 for Supporting members.
(Lower cost spots for un/under-employed persons are now sold out, thanks for your interest).

Registration: Register for this event by registering at our Get Involved page or by becoming a Supporting Member - our form allows you to register and pay online or mail a cheque. Current Supporting Members and anyone with questions, please write to

Event supported by: U of T Urban Agriculture Society

- This event raises funds for the work of Food Forward, which is advocating for food policy change in Toronto and working to strengthen the City's food movement.

This mini-conference is part of a week to build your career in the sustainable food movement, a partnership between Food Forward and the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council. This event focuses on social entrepreneurship and starting your own job, but for those also interested in current non-profit opportunities, you might also like to check out the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council's Youth Fair which Food Forward will be attending.

Learn more about Kathleen:


On the leading edge of a movement

Who would have thought? But now I know it: Toronto is a complete hotbed for those wanting to make a career in food and agriculture.

Those coming out in front of at least two movements: good food, and social entrepreneurship, turned out in droves to our series of workshops Saturday.

Two participants have highlighted blog summaries on the day, read more:

Pushing Forward with 100 Hands, from Healthy People, Healthy Planet by Andrea C.

Get a Job Hippie! from North Simcoe Community News by Jacob Kearey-Moreland