youth food movement


Event: My bad! Learning from failure in good food work

+ Foodie Drinks East-end Edition!

Working, volunteering or interested in local, sustainable, healthy, ethical food initiatives & businesses in the City? Come learn from our panel of Toronto food innovators. We all make mistakes, but do we learn from them? How can business and non-profit programs grow facing after strumbling blocks? What challenges face our sector? Come join the discussion with folks who've had plenty of success:

- Tony Sabherwal, Owner of Magic Oven

- Grace Yogaretnam, Co-Chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council

- Laura Reinsborough, Founder & Director of Not Far From The Tree

Sign-in at 7:00-7:15... Stay post-panel around 8:30 for Foodie Drinks, to mingle and learn about some initiatives and businesses in Beaches-East York and Toronto-Danforth. Join foodie Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and others to learn more about what's happening and how to get involved. Let friends know you're coming by Tweeting with #FoodieDrinks and sharing this invitation. Always the best opportunity to connect. 

Thank you to the Big Carrot for their support of this event!

Place: Toronto Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. East, just south of Woodbine Station. Accessible space.

Time & Date: Tuesday, June 19, 7:00PM-10:00PM

Cost: $5 bucks for Food Forward members, $10 for guests, or $15+ to attend & become a Food Forward member! Free for Supporting Members/monthly donors. (Pay/register at the door or in advance)

Thx for the contribution - it helps put on this event and sustain our work.


Food Forward Honouary Lifetime Members

Tracy Phillippi (2013)

Food Forward had the pleasure of honouring Tracy Phillippi, Founder and past Chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, at her last meeting with the Council last night.  Tracy becomes Food Forward's first Honourary Lifetime Member, for her work in animating Toronto's good food scene, advocating for good food policy and bringing together the next generation of food actionists in Toronto, while being a model for other cities around the world.

Through the application of her graduate research, Tracy worked to form the TYFPC, providing a youth voice for food policy within Toronto City government.  The TYFPC is now a thriving and dynamic organization that has played a key role in influencing policy, providing opportunities for young people, and developing the role of youth in the future of the food sector.  Food Forward has had the opportunity to create several partnerships with the TYFPC as of late, including our joint Foodie Drinks - Student Edition.


Michelle German-MacIntosh (2014)

Michelle was honoured as a Food Forward Honourary Lifetime Member, for her years of dedication and commitment to good food advocacy. A long-time food advocate at City Hall, German-MacIntosh has served in the past as a board member at Food Forward and is outgoing chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council. Her energy and critical thinking has taken the food movement far and we are pleased to offer our thanks and  congratulations.

Sang Kim (2015)

Real life stories are the ingredients that make Sang’s recipe for change so successful. One of Food Forward’s very few Honourary Lifetime Members, Sang is passionate about kids and food, and he is always ready to help the next generation learn and grow (and cook!).  His work is dedicated to local and global communities, ranging from kid-focused Sushi Making For the Soul to teenage-mother focused One Pot Many Stories. Sang has always supported Food Forward, providing guidance for our advocacy and support for our events, and is always there to speak and encourage.

Sunday Harrison (2015)

For many years, Sunday's has advanced the growing food and justice initiative in Toronto, raising key issues of equity, race and diversity before others would. From starting Green Thumbs Growing Kids in 1999 to using gardening to transform schools to introducing a program for youth to develop life skills and sell food, Sunday has been an active, dedicated and encouraging presence in Toronto - and will continue to be so for years to come. 


Foodie Drinks - Students' edition

You only have to be young at heart to come to our next Foodie Drinks. Food Forward is excited to partner with the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council to present what could be our biggest Foodie Drinks yet, complete with a special focus on campus food initiatives and research happening across the City, as well as music, good eats and local drinks.

Foodie Drinks is our monthly chance to mingle, network and build new relationships in Toronto's food movement. No matter where you work, volunteer, or are just interested in good praxis, this is a great place to make and see friends. Invite someone along to make it grow. 

This Foodie Drinks, to follow directly after the TYFPC public meeting, is also our chance to celebrate the launch of Gathering, the Council's new youth journal on food issues! Join us to meet some of the contributors and find out how to access the journal online. As usual, we'll also be featuring speakers, and are happy to ahve Devin Holterman to discuss York's Green Campus Co-op, and Zoe McKnight from Ryerson's  School of Journalism to discuss her Master's research in Canadian food policy.

The Free Times is a 30 year old Toronto stronghold carrying llots of local, organic and veggie food & local drink. Menu focus on Middle-Eastern and Jewish fare available for purchase.
We'll be featuring the award winning Nut Brown beer from the Black Oak Brewing Company and thanks to their support, $1 each from your purchase of this brew will be donated both to TYFPC and Food Forward.

Let people know you're coming on Twitter with #FoodieDrinks and attend on Facebook. Get your pic snapped in our photobooth by photographer Justin Ing.

Free entrance. But grab a Food Forward membership for ten bucks to get involved and advocate for a better food system. Or join now online.

Click here to learn about more food initiatives on Toronto campuses.

We'd like to thank:

- Equity Studies, New College (U of T) for their support of this event. Check out their food-focused program:

- The Centre of Food Security, Ryerson University. They have a Certificate in Food Security:

Location: Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. (near Spadina)

Time: 8:30PM/after the TYFPC meeting, Monday, March 5


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: