Welcome to Food Forward

Jul
12

Growing Food Justice by Uprooting Racism

Jul
5

Food Idol Awards 2013!

Food Forward's Food Idol Awards celebrate outstanding contributions by food actionists  among our volunteers, community members, projects, and businesses – focused on healthy food and communities that are inclusive, diverse, ethical, local, and resilient. As the place where Torontonians meet to create a better City through food, we are asking you to help us identify and celebrate new efforts and results that are especially deserving of community recognition. 

New this year: We will be awarding the Food Sprouts Grant of $1,000 to a project that advances food justice in Toronto.

Awards will be announced at #foodTOEats, our Third Anniversary celebration on August 7th at Bento Miso. Please see the brief call for nominations for our 2013 awards:

Nominations are invited in the following categories:

Breakout Food Activist Award – Recognizes an individual whose understanding of food policy has led him/her to community organizing or standing up for food justice/good food policy to business, institutions, or government.

Spicy New Venture Award – Recognizes a food-related business or entrepreneur whose recent work has led to the development of a delicious venture contributing significantly to increase good food, food justice, and/or good food jobs expansion in one or more Toronto neighbourhoods.

Sweet New Initiative Award – Recognizes an organization, group, or partnership whose recent work has led to the development of an initiative contributing significantly to increase good food, food justice, and/or community food security in one or more Toronto neighbourhoods.

Food Forward Outstanding Member Award – Recognizes the commitment and contributions of a Food Forward individual member towards our mission, by supporting the design and implementation of our projects, development, capacity, and/or outreach. Also considers independent work the individual has contributed to related good food projects or policies through education, advocacy, and connecting.

Toronto Food Champion Award – Recognizes the commitment and contributions of a community member who has worked hard to advance a better Toronto through good food, food justice, and/or community food security in our neighbourhoods or communities. Their work may have been as a volunteer or employee of an organization, or through their own leadership efforts.

Food Sprouts Grant – A $1,000 grant for a project (for-profit, non-profit, or grassroots) that advances food justice in Toronto neighbourhoods or communities. The successful project may focus on community building, advocacy, job creation or other areas that would benefit from a small grant.

Criteria & Qualifications

The selection committee will be looking for good food work that is practical, visionary, and innovative.

We are considering work that puts a focus on food and communities that are inclusive, dieverse, ethical, local, or resilient). We also recognize contribution of efforts to good food jobs and community economic development in Toronto.

As we recognize new leadership, work on the initiative should have begun or significantly carried out in the last two years.

We know that good food work and non-profit/for-profit lines are blurring across lines of innovation, so please apply to the category you feel your nominee fits best.

Nominators should not nominate themselves or a project they have had a significant role in organizing, except in the case of the Food Sprouts Grant in which we welcome you to apply with your own project. Individuals may make more than one nomination and in any category. Decisions of the committee will be final.

Decision-making committee

Tzazná Miranda Leal (Justicia for Migrant Workers), Sang Kim (YakitoriBar and Seoul Food Co.), Gail Gordon Oliver (Edible Toronto), Carly Dunster (Carly Dunster Law and 2002 Breakout Food Activist)

Awards Night

Awards will be presented on August 7 at #foodTOEats, Food Forward's third anniversary celebration and awards night. Awardees will receive delicious prizes, congraultations, and positive media/social media coverage from our community.

Apply

Tell us briefly about the person or project and how they’ve been successful in their good food work, reflecting on the awards criteria outlined above, and answering the points below

Deadline is by the end of the day, Tuesday, July 23, 2012.

Email your submission to Vivian at viviann@gmail.com 

Please include the name of the award and nominee in the subject line, and: 

- Your name and email/phone contact

- Name of nominee and email/phone contact

- What was the inspiration of the founders to start this project or work? (100 words)

- In what two ways has or will this project/business/person demonstrate a committment to good food, food justice, community food security, or good food jobs? (150 words)

- If you had to choose, what is the single best example of the impact of this project/business/person? (100 words), and for the grant, how will you use the money? (200 words)

- Website/social media and email/phone contact for nominee


Jul
5

Building Roots

An exciting event is coming July 10 at Paint Box Bistro! We look forward to working with developers, planners, and communities after this event to advocate for more good food infrastructure in housing

Building Roots: Developing Food Systems in Housing from Regent Park+Beyond

More info, guest list and tickets: http://buildingroots.eventbrite.com

From a rich history of community gardening, Regent Park’s revitalization has included a significant focus on food. Innovative partnerships have infused the new space with new ways of doing urban agriculture, along with a resident-led farmer’s market, a social venture restaurant, a grocery store, and a Big Park.  These food focussed programs have provided the neighbourhood with new social, cultural, and economic opportunities for residents, and a new challenge for modern development.

Join us at this special Food Forward Symposium to learn about planning and building healthy food access into our City’s new housing developments.  A casual evening of presentations, hors d'oeuvres, and the sharing of stories from Regent Park and other exciting food projects around the GTA.  We look forward to welcoming developers, architects, planners, property managers, community members, food advocates, economic developers, food businesses, and policy makers to this vibrant dialogue.

The evening's speakers include:

- Special guests from Daniels Corporation

- Regent Park resident gardeners

- Chris Klugman, Owner of Paint Box Catering & Bistro

- Gavin Dandy, Farm Director of Everdale/Black Creek Community Farm

- Darcy Higgins, Executive Director of Food Forward

Before the symposium, enjoy a visit to the new Regent Park Farmer's Market, 3PM-7PM adjacent to Daniels Spectrum!

This project was made possible through funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

May
28

Local food challenge: can good food make a sustainable sector?

A Town Hall presented by Food Forward with support from the Metcalf Foundation

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The local food sector is pushing forward with increased sales, innovation, and jobs. But along the way, significant challenges face businesses that are expanding with local and sustainable food.

 Food Forward is hosting an important dialogue on the barriers, challenges, and strategies for the viability of the sector and its small and medium enterprises, while we explore opportunities to learn and grow. We will hear from speakers with great experience in making good food work, and want to hear from attendees with ideas, concerns, and strategies for action.

 Speakers:

-  Lesia Kohut, Eco-Pastry Chef & Social Entrepreneur, LPK's Culinary Groove

- Don Mills, Family farmer and President of Local Food Plus

- Ann Barnes, Co-Founder of Mum’s Original Superfoods

- Len Senater, Owner of The Depanneur

- Amy Cheng, Farmer and Owner of Red Pocket Farms

Moderated by Vanessa Ling Yu, Founder of FoodSpokes

You’ll enjoy this panel if you’re:

A food entrepreneur or business person looking to learn + share

Work for government, non-profit, foundation, or association interested in supporting the sector

- A member of the public or local food advocate looking to support change and take action

What: Panel discussion with time to connect

When: 7:00PM-8:30PM, Thursday, June 13

Where: Room 310, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto

Please: RSVP a quick note to info@pushfoodforward.com

Will accept a pay what you can contribution towards our Jobstarter Food Entrepreneur Training Program

Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible. Please contact Food Forward regarding other accommodations. Door prize from Bumpercrop!

Let folks know you're coming: Facebook event + Tweet with #foodTO

Thank you to our sponsors:

METCALF FOUNDATION


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