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Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition - June Newsletter
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June 2015
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About Us
The Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition is motivated by the goal of achieving a just and sustainable food system, rooted in healthy communities, in which no one is hungry and everyone has access to healthy, nutritious food. It is an economically viable, diverse and ecologically sustainable system to grow, harvest, process, transport and distribute food while minimizing waste.” KL Food Charter.
Add Your Voice
The Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition wants to hear from you. Become a member of one of the three (3) working groups and support the development of the food system within the City of Kawartha Lakes and ensure that the views, interests and concerns of your organization are represented.
Local Food Forum Images
Farmers' Markets Open
Support your local Farmers' Market, visit markets near you. See guide
The Chair's Acre
I am very honoured to have been elected Chair of our Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition.  The Food Coalition continues to be very active with good work and excellent support from Julian and Kelly of the City of Kawartha Lakes.
          Recently, we have also been able to share information about new tax credits for farmers,  launch food preservation and gardening workshop series and we have just hosted the first ever Kawartha Local Food Forum at Fleming College on June 1, which provided an excellent opportunity for local residents to become aware of the work of the Food Coalition, meet local producers and food policy leaders and, of course, celebrate our local food here in the Kawarthas. 
            We are pleased to report that our Food Coalition is now a regional leader, far ahead of many communities in taking action to promote local food and enhance our local food system. The Coalition continues to work and partner to build a just, sustainable and economically viable food system within the Kawartha Lakes.

Eat well!
Mike Perry, Chair
Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition
Inaugural Local Food Forum-Building Community Through Food
Kawartha Lakes first Local Food Forum a success
Local residents curious about local food need wonder no longer; at least not after Monday night’s first ever “Local Food Forum” hosted by the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition and held at Fleming College in Lindsay. Read More
Food Preservation and Gardening Workshop Series Launched
The Food Coalition through partner agencies have launched a host of workshops as part of a Food Preservation and Gardening Series. As part of the series Spring Jamming, designed for income insecure participants to teach techniques to safely preserving food while stretching the food dollar, and Introduction to Home Vegetable & Herb Gardening have been successfully held with great reviews. Stay tuned for other workshops designed for seasoned gardeners and train the trainer sessions.    
United Way Poverty to Prosperity-Community Garden Kit Program 
       The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is a proud supporter of local food initiatives and has created the Community Garden Kit Program to respond to emerging needs and to foster healthy communities. The program corresponds with their Poverty to Possibilities pillar, which aims to find solutions to food insecurity.
            In 2014, the agency was able to help four schools start garden projects that taught students how to grow their own food. This year, with the generous support of Home Hardware and RBC, the United Way is planning on furthering their reach to continue to support schools with food education.  
            One budding project is taking place with King Albert Public School.  Last year the United Way helped them build one 4x6 raised bed garden plot and provided them with seeds. There was great interest from students from the grade two class it was designated for, as well as other children throughout the school who were curious and wanted to get involved. In fact, it was such a success that this year their teacher, Julie Montford, started a new “Green Thumbs Garden Club” for students in grades 1 to 5. These little seedlings are so enthusiastic about the garden that they are willing to give up one recess a week for the opportunity. 
            However, even with all this positive engagement the school lacked funding and needed help growing the project. The United Way connected with Frank Smith, a local Master Gardener and retired teacher to help teach students about starting seeds indoors and planting. The agency provided seeds, soil, and planters so that more children would be able to participate.
            In addition to their Kit Program, the United Way also has 14 raised garden bed plots at their 50 Mary Street West office location in Lindsay. Ten of those plots are still available at no cost for families and individuals who would like to grow their own food.
            If you are interested in signing up for your own garden plot, volunteering or donating to the United Way's community garden programs, please contact staff directly at (705) 878-5081, or office@ckl.unitedway.ca.
COME GROW WITH US!!
Food Coalition Joins Provincial Network/Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC)
The Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition is now a member of Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC), a provincial coalition of local and regional organizations, partnerships, coalitions and networks that are working on Healthy Community initiatives, OHCC's mission is to create innovative solutions to meet community challenges and build strong, equitable and sustainable communities through education, engagement and collaboration. OHCC was established in 1992 to support local and regional groups, coalitions and networks that are working on Healthy Community initiatives in Ontario.
Food Source Seeks Green Thumbs
We have three raised garden beds that need tending to (planting, weeding, harvesting, etc.) If you’ve got a green thumb, or think you do… would you like to volunteer some time this summer? If you are interested, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at vol.co@bellnet.ca or (705) 324-0707.
Call For Working Group Volunteers
The Coalition's working groups continue to meet regularly – and often – including the food security, and growth and sustainability working groups .  We are currently seeking members from the community to be a part of the regulatory affairs working group which will identify the regulations and standards effecting local food and how they may be streamlined and improved.
Further Information
Contact Julian Douglas, Economic Development Associate-Food System Development, 1-866-397-6673, Ext. 1234 or jdouglas@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca, to learn more about the Coalition and its planned activities.
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