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Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition - April Newsletter
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April 2015
What's in this issue
Upcoming Events
Food Handler Certification

Offered by the Lindsay Health Unit on Tuesday, April 21, 9 am to 5 pm. Cost is $40 per person. For more information and to confirm space availability, call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569.
Food Hub Stakeholder Consultation

A consultation meeting is scheduled for May 12th, 2015
at the Coronation Hall,1 King St W, Omemee, ON K0L 2W0.
To attend RSVP Julian Douglas, City of Kawartha Lakes, at jdouglas@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca or 705-324-9411 ext. 1234.
              Good Food Box
       
Purchase and pick-up can be done at the following Community Care locations:
Purchase Pick Up
34 Cambridge St. S.,  (second floor), Lindsay Cambridge Street United Church, 61 Cambridge St. N., Lindsay (2 - 5 p.m.)
108 Angeline St. S., (Community Health Centre), Lindsay Community Care, 70 Murray St., Fenelon Falls (3-4 p.m.)
70 Murray St., Fenelon Falls Trinity-Providence United Church, 42 William St., Bobcaygeon (2:30-3:30p.m.)
71 Bolton St., Unit D, Bobcaygeon  
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 Kawartha Lakes and ensure that the views, interests and concerns of your organization are represented.
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
Kawartha Lakes Farmer Wins Ontario's Most Profitable Acre Challenge
Kurtis Peeters, an organic corn grower from Kawartha Lakes is the winner of the Most Profitable Acre Challenge, a competition organized by the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) and presented in partnership with Grain Farmers of Ontario. The business skills competition looks at input costs, production practices, yield, marketing tactics, and business management practices to determine the farmer with the most profitable acre harvested in corn or soybean production in Ontario.

“The difference between a successful farmer and his polar opposite is almost always the way the farmer manages his business,” said Peeters. “Rarely are luck and chance to blame for a profitable farmer, though you could probably say winning this competition was chance.” Partly attributing his success to high organic crop prices in 2014, Peeters says knowing his cost of production and utilizing best business management techniques has influenced his bottom line year after year. Read more
Plant a Row – Grow a Row Program
Seven years ago, Scott Jowett and Liza Hancock, donated some fresh garlic they had grown to the Woodville Food Bank. Being fairly new gardeners and enjoying the fresh food from their garden they thought how great it would be if they could share this with people who have little access to fresh nutritious food. The next spring they started a garden for the sole purpose of growing food for neighbours in need. They are proud to have joined the many generous farmers and gardeners in Kawartha Lakes who also contribute to local food banks and emergency shelters. Last year Kawartha Lakes Food Source received 3965 pounds of fresh produce from our community sharing food harvested from their gardens.

Plant a Row - Grow a Row is a National program, that encourages gardeners and farmers to plant an extra row of produce and to donate the harvest to people in need and to increase public awareness of poverty and hunger in our neighborhoods. A few seeds and some space in the garden or earth in pots can provide us with the chance to feed our own families while sharing with others. Anyone can contribute, from children planting peas in their backyard to balcony gardeners who grow an extra tomato plant, to gardeners who can plant a row of beans, to farmers who contribute what remains after a day at the market. For more information, please contact City of Kawartha Lakes Plant a Row – Grow a Row Program Coordinator Liza Hancock at 705-438-8544.
Growing a Sense of Community
     Camaraderie, friendship, support and community were words used at the Lindsay Community Garden's annual general meeting held on March 26, 2015, to describe the energy and spirit amoung participants involved in the garden.

The attendance at the meeting reflected a 'meeting of the generations' as the 'age divide' appeared diminished due to the demographic mix of those present. Seniors within the group spoke of their level of involvement and how much they enjoyed the experience. Jamie Morris, who chaired the event, illustrated the benefits of the gardens to the community in creating a sense of belonging.
Good Food, Good Value, All in a Box
The Good Food Box Program is a community-based initiative run by Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes and a team of volunteers. The program aims to improve access to affordable, fresh and healthy food for all citizens of the City of Kawartha Lakes.
Each month, anyone can purchase a Good Food Box, which showcases the season's finest fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers when possible. A typical Good Food Box contains about 10 different items, for example:
2lbs of apples, 5lbs of potatoes, 4 navel oranges, 1bunch of green onions, 1 bunch of carrots, 4 bananas, 1 broccoli, 1 English cucumber, 1 bunch of celery, 1 romaine lettuce.

A large box bursting with flavour and nutrition costs just $15. To buy a box, customers must pay by the first Tuesday of the month and are available for pickup on the third Tuesday of the month. The Good Food Box is also currently available to order and pick-up at a number of schools in Lindsay for the families of children who attend those schools. If you’re looking to stretch your food dollar consider purchasing a Good Food Box!  Visit us today, or contact 705-879-4100 (Push 1 for CHC) or visit www.ccckl.ca for more details.
Coalition Goes to College
The Food Coalition's Growth and Sustainability working group spent a fruitful day with the students within the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Fleming College on March 26. The students treated the Coalition members to a potluck, while sharing their motivation for enrolling in the Sustainable Agriculture Program and  their passion for agriculture and environmental sustainability. After an engaging discussion and networking session, members of the Working Group toured the greenhouse and viewed the works of the students. The students reminded us that there are still opportunities for growth and sustainability within our local food system.
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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