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Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition - January Newsletter
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January 2015
What's in this issue
Upcoming Events
Working Group Meetings
The next meetings of the working groups are set for January 20, 2015.
  1. Food Security: 2pm at the HKPR Health Unit.
  2. Growth & Sustainability: 1pm Economic Development Boardroom (tentative)
Victoria SCIA Annual Meeting
Victoria Soil and Crop Improvement Association is having its annual meeting on January 14, 2015, beginning at 9:30 am, at the OPS Community Centre.
Farm Stewardship Workshop

For information and registration contact Holly Shipclark: 705.328-2271 ext. 240
www.kawarthafarmstewardship.org
A new and improved KCFF Map and Guide to Local Food, Products and Agri-tainment will be printed along with the relaunch of the KawarthaChoice website, which will allow new members to also be showcased to local food enthusiasts. Applications should be returned to the Economic Development office by January 31, 2015.
For tickets and further information contact, KLFS office, 41 George St. West, Lindsay (705) 324-0707
Seedy Saturday
The Lindsay & District Master Gardeners are holding a Seedy Saturday event on March 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Queen Street United Church hall, 35 Lindsay St. S.  A great way to gear up for the coming gardening season!
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 in this initiative.
Mike Perry Elected Chairman
Mike Perry has been elected by members of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition to chair the organization.  Mike is a native of Fenelon Falls, Mike Perry is Executive Director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team.  A lawyer and social worker by professional, Mike has been involved in many community organizations and projects in our area over the years.  He is currently Chair of the Bobcaygeon Food Bank and his past involvement with the Kawartha Food Coalition has included helping plan action to implement our local food Charter.  Part of Mike's social work degree focused on food security policy and he has fond memories of helping out on his uncle's farm as a child.  Mike and his wife Jill, who will soon be a family doctor in our area, live just outside Little Britain with their nosey foxhound named "Summer". 
Coalition Outlines Operational Mechanism
Members of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition voted in a meeting held on December 3, 2014, to implement measures aimed at enhancing its efficiency, accountability and advocacy. Among these measures are:
  1. New organizational Structure: The new structure of the organization has four (4) core units which include
    1. a general assembly which represents the entire membership and dictates the agenda and approves general direction of the Coalition;
    2. working groups, whose role is to work on addressing specific gaps/issues facing food system development within Kawartha Lakes;
    3. a steering committee, with representation drawn from across the Kawartha Lakes food system, will provide advice, leadership and strategic direction; and,
    4. a coordination unit, which will ensure coordination and synergy in the activities, communication and image, is comprised of working group leaders and the Food System Development Coordinator.
  2. Consolidation of action priorities and working groups: As part of its effort to enhance its efficiency through the optimal utilization of its resources, reduction in duplication and silo activities. The Coalition members agreed to reduce the number of working groups from seven (7) to three (3), agreeing to focus on three (3) priority areas:
    1. Regulatory Hurdles,
    2. Growth and Sustainability and
    3. Food Security.
These were areas previously identified in a recent community local food  business retention and expansion (BR&E) program, as areas requiring priority focus. This shift reflects a desire by the Food Coalition to adopt a more focused approach.
Healthy Communities Fund Support Food System Development
On behalf of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, the HKPR District Health Unit applied for the Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) and has been successful in receiving $12,000. The HCF supports communities to plan and deliver integrated programs that improve the health of Ontarians. This funding will support the KL Food Coalition’s plan to:
  • Conduct two gap analysis projects
       1) On availability of local produce and 
           products to develop a baseline
       2) A public kitchen inventory scan to
           determine available space for
           processing local food and teaching
           cooking skills workshops
  • Organize training and skill development workshops for food system stakeholders
  • Fund facilitation of meetings, food action plan development and finalization as well as governance documentation development
  • Offer public presentations and display opportunities to increase public awareness of the Food Action Plan and Food Coalition
  • Organize networking events
For any questions or details please feel free to contact Aisha Malik, RD at (705) 324-3569 ext. 2300
City of Kawartha Lakes Launches Local Food Hub Feasibility Study
The City of Kawartha Lakes is pleased to announce that Werry CO has been hired to complete a feasibility study for a Kawartha Lakes Food Hub. The purpose of the hub is to support the local food economy and facilitate collaboration & coordination between agri-food industry stakeholders (growers, processors, buyers, distributors & retailers). The intent is to assess the need, interest and capacity for a food hub within the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Should you wish to be involved in the consultation process, please contact Julian Douglas at the City of Kawartha Lakes at jdouglas@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca or Phone: 705-324-9411 extension 1234.
2014 Reflection
In evaluating the progress of the Food Coalition to-date the following achievements were noteworthy:
  1. Identity created: Through a collective process the group developed an organizational logo, mission statement and identified its action plan priorities.
  2. Funding & Coordination support:: The City of Kawartha Lakes was successful in its grant application and secured funding through OMAFRA’s Local Food Fund to support Coalition activities through a Food System Development Coordinator, Julian Douglas.
  3. Food Security: The Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition has played an active role in ensuring that all members of our community has access to healthy and affordable food and promoting Food Security within Kawartha Lakes. The Coalition provided input in the development of Poverty Reduction Strategy report submitted to Council and developed a framework for community garden network. “Little Chefs of CKL’ cooking classes were held for children a Seed Library was created and the Plant-A-Row-Grow-A-Row program saw a very successful bounty of fresh produce donated to local food banks. See articles below for more information on these initiatives.
‘Little Chefs of CKL’ Help Local Children Develop Healthy Cooking Skills
A cooking skills program gave its young participants plenty to digest as they learned how to better manoeuvre their way around the kitchen.
In order to start implementation of the “Cooking Skills for Youth/Children” Food Action plan, Little Chefs of CKL was launched this summer that thought children between the ages of six and 12 years how to prepare and cook a variety of healthy meals in Little Britain and Bethany area. The children also learned the benefits of eating and using locally-grown food in their cooking creations, either by growing it themselves or purchasing it from local growers.
 
Little Chefs of CKL was developed locally in partnership with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Community Care CKL Community Health Centre, Foodland Ontario, and the United churches in Bethany and Little Britain. Two Lindsay businesses Aprons ‘N More and Reid’s Valu-mart also donated supplies for the program.

This program was really appreciated by the children/parents and they would like this program to come back to CKL.  The partnership is looking for funding and more partners to offer this program again.  If you would like to support this program or become a partner in this initiative, please contact Sharon Woodhouse at 705-324-3569 ext. 2225
Plant a Row, Grow a Row
Plant a Row Grow a Row is a national program which encourages gardeners and farmers to share their harvest with seniors, adults and children in their community who are underprivileged and hungry.

PAR GAR Kawartha Lakes is excited to announce that during the 2014 growing season that Kawartha Lakes Food Source received 3,965 pounds of produce from community gardens, farmers and gardeners. Thank you to all of the people who made this possible. We need to continue to increase this weight in order to feed everyone who are in need.

Let's work together and continue to promote the fact that Kawartha Lakes Food Source accepts and distributes fresh donated produce to all 12 local Kawartha Lakes Food Banks for people who are underprivileged in our communities.

As of January 2014 Farmers can now receive a tax credit for their fresh food donations. We will be releasing specific details about this program soon. Meanwhile your donation can be weighed and recorded for the 2014 tax year.

Thank you to the late Scott Jowett for coordinating this effort locally and by joining the countless people who have been sharing their harvest with people who are underprivileged for countless generations.

Sharing food with people who are poor is an ancient act of kindness and it feels wonderful! Join us!
Seed Lending Library
The Seed Lending Library is a free community project which encourages residents to grow their own vegetables and fruits, save the seed and then share the seeds with others. The latter is not mandatory for participation.  The main focus of the program is local food sustainability. The Seed Library provides support and understanding of healthy growing practices within Kirkfield and the surrounding communities.

As well as seeds and seedlings, participants  received handouts on growing the seeds and information on how to collect and save seed. The seeds were purchased from Cottage Gardener Heirloom Seedhouse with a donation from the Friends of the Kirkfield Library.  Seeds were selected and packaged by the Lindsay & District Master Gardeners.  Twenty-eight seed packets were handed out and 32 tomato plants.

During October’s Library week, the Kirkfield Library hosted a Kid’s Pumpkin Painting & Carving Workshop.  Pumpkins were donated by local gardener, Christine Halbot.  These seeds will be packaged, labeled and added to the Seed Library.

The Kirkfield Library is pleased to partner with the Lindsay & District Master Gardeners, the Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society, the Friends of the Kirkfield Library, Fleming College, Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, Lindsay Community Garden, Healthy Communities and Plant a Row, Grow a Row.
Further Information
Contact Julian Douglas, Economic Development Associate-Food System Development, 1-866-397-6673 or jdouglas@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca, to learn more about the Coalition and its planned activities.
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