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From feast to famine

Queen's Alumni Review / Andrew Stokes / 2020 Issue #3

This past February, Paul Sawtell (Artsci’02) offered me a tour of the low-slung warehouse in North York that holds his business, 100km Foods. As we walked, he talked about the pride he felt moving into the space. How when he started the enterprise with his wife, Grace Mandarano, he couldn’t have dreamed of being big enough to need its more than 8,000 square feet.

Back in 2008, they’d started 100km Foods to link the farms of the Ontario Greenbelt to the restaurants and stores that wanted local seasonal food. Now, after 12 years of growth in fits and starts, they were on strong footing. They had hundreds of clients, a staff of over two dozen, and had just been awarded a “Best for the World” designation by B Corp.

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Indoor farm start-up seals deal with Farm Boy

Fieldless Farms / Media release / 05 August 2020

Fieldless Farms, a local Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) start-up, announced today that its cut lettuce mixes have hit shelves in Farm Boy stores. This is an important step for the company, which aims to bring year-round local produce to Canadians and reduce the country’s dependency on foreign imports […]

The company’s first farm in Cornwall, Ontario—which grows leafy greens using highly controlled environments, renewable energy, and without herbicides or pesticides—reached full commissioning and CanadaGAP certification earlier this month. The Farm Boy deal comes just one year after Fieldless quietly closed a $3 million first round of funding from local investors and Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

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Abattoir crisis aired at Eco Farm Day

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Tom Van Dusen / 5 March 2020

With this year’s theme “On Common Ground: Food and Farming in a Shifting Climate,” the event previously dedicated primarily to organic growing for niche farmers has widened its scope by looking at the increasing impact of climate change, the farm income crisis, and the loss of farmland. The 2020 event unrolled on Feb. 22 and 23 in Cornwall.

“When we recognize that we face common struggles, we find support and solutions in one another,” the organizing team stated, inviting participants in the 2020 conference to spend time learning from, and connecting with, each other while acting collectively to “co-create regenerative and resilient food and farming systems.”

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From emergency to emergence

Yes! / David Korten / 23 April 2020

This is an unprecedented opportunity to rethink how our beliefs, values, and institutions shape our relationships. We can create a world that works for everyone or face a future that no longer works for anyone.

Discussions now underway in many community, national, and global forums suggest a significant widening of what is known as the Overton Window: the range of public policies that the mainstream population is prepared to consider at a given time.

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New $36M ‘food hub’ to help E Ont farmers, food security

CBC News / 24 April 2020

Rural eastern Ontario leaders hope to localize and decentralize food processing in the region by building a new “food hub” to help local farmers get their products to market.

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) east of Ottawa are developing a $36-million facility that would include a federal slaughterhouse and processing and distribution facility for meats and fruits and vegetables.

“This [means] security to the region, where we know that we are producing our own food. We are feeding our own people. There is no fear that we have to wait for a [border] to open,” said Carole Lavigne, director of economic and tourism development for the counties.

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NFU report: Climate crisis is a threat, but also an opportunity

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / 09 January 2020

A new report from National Farmers Union argues that a climate-friendly food system can be designed to increase farm income.

The NFU report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farmers and Food Systems, examines in depth the impacts of climate change on agriculture in Canada, as well as the opportunities that agriculture provides to become part of the solution.

The group says the report presents a balanced analysis that considers both the impacts of the climate crisis on agriculture and the realities of the vulnerable financial situation of farm families.

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