Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition - July Newsletter
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July 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.
Farmers' Markets Open
Support your local Farmers' Market, visit markets near you. See guide
Kawartha Lakes Farm Stewardship Fund Information Sessions
The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step
On the 1st of July the nation celebrated Canada Day; a day which marks a time of reflection and celebration for all that makes Canada the great nation that it is.
As we reflect on where we are as a nation, it is important to note that development is a process, a process which involves, individuals, organizations and communities. Within the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Food Coalition is made up of organizations and individual volunteers, all of whom are nation builders, as they work to "ensure a just and sustainable food system, rooted in healthy communities, in which no one is hungry and everyone has access to healthy, nutritious food."

We invite you to join us, as we build a nation one step at a time.

Step With Us!
Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition
Meals on Wheels Afternoon Delivery Expansion
Community Care’s Meals on Wheels service provides nutritious hot and frozen meals to those who are experiencing difficulty with cooking. The program ensures that clients’ nutritional needs are met while also providing social interaction from the volunteers who make the deliveries.   In the fall of 2014 Community Care expanded the program and began to offer afternoon hot meal deliveries in addition to the traditional lunch time service.  The hot afternoon deliveries are now available to residents experiencing difficulty with meal preparation in Bethany, Janetville, Lindsay, Omemee and Downeyville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  For more information about this program and availability of hot and frozen meal delivery throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes please call Community Care at   (705) 324-7323 or by visiting our website at
Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition Joins pan-Canadian Alliance

The Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition is now a member of Food Secure Canada. Food Secure Canada is a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty. Food Secure Canada work with member organizations, such as the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, towards food sovereignty and for deep and lasting change in our food system.  As a member of Food Secure Canada, the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition is a part of a network which:
  1. Facilitates a dynamic and accessible information hub to foster democratic debate on food policy.
  2. Supports dynamic networks to facilitate research and enhance learning and collaboration on food-related projects and campaigns.
  3. Advocates for food policies at the federal level that reflect the priorities of Canada’s food movement.
In addition, by being a member of Food Secure Canada, the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition members can:
  1. Access member-only communications
  2. Host a webinars
  3. Share events and campaigns with a national audience
  4. Participate in our advocacy campaigns
  5. Receive discounts on FSC events
  6. Vote for FSC's Board of Directors
  7. Support our mission and goals
To learn more about Food Secure Canada visit or contact Julian Douglas at
Train the Trainer-Advance Food Preservation Workshop
As part of its Food Preservation Workshop Series, the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition is offering a full-day “train-the-trainer” workshop in Advanced Food Preservation, on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Salvation Army Kitchen - Peel Street, Lindsay between 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The workshop is designed for organizations offering or planning to offer cooking skill/community kitchen programs in Kawartha Lakes.

The workshop will be facilitated by Emrie Brine, Executive Chef from Bernardin and is free to participants, with the understanding that each participant will proceed to use the training for the education of their clients. Each participant will receive an Advanced Training Kit ($50 value). Topics to be covered include:
  • Canning - in jars (Pickles, Relishes, Salsa)
  • Pressure Canning
  • Freezer Jams
We hope that you will take this opportunity to enrich and update your skills in food preservation techniques and with confidence provide instruction to your clients. We hope they, in turn, will enjoy the process as well as their products. For more information contact Sharon Woodhouse,, (705) 324-3569 Ext. 2225
Kawartha Lakes Farm Stewardship Fund Launched
The Kawartha Lakes Farm Stewardship Fund supports landowners who want to implement best management practices for minimizing nutrient and sediment input into waterbodies within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Funding is available to support projects demonstrating a benefit to watershed health, including those addressing nutrient and soil loss, cropland and shoreline erosion, manure storage runoff, livestock access to watercourses, sediments and contaminants entering the water, farm well management, and others projects that address water health.

To be eligible, City of Kawartha Lakes landowners with a registered Farm Business Number, Environmental Farm Plan, or other demonstrated agricultural practice simply need to detail their proposed project and its relation to watershed stewardship. Due to this funding’s emphasis on Lake Simcoe, priority is given to projects within the Talbot River subwatershed, however projects with significant stewardship potential in other CKL locations will be considered. There may also be opportunities to combine the Kawartha Lakes Farm Stewardship Fund with other funding available in this region.  Two workshops are being held in conjunction with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association. For more information contact Becky Parker, Stewardship Technician, (705) 328-2271 ext. 223
The Chair's Acre
What an exciting time for local food in our communities!  No one can say there isn't much going on in terms of local food in our community.
The Coalition's working groups have been continuing to meet including the Food Security and Sustainability Working Groups.  We have had local workshops on making jams and preparing and preserving food. The working groups have also produced documents and maps of all the community kitchens and community gardens in our area, as local food and education resources. A project is now underway to measure the impact of local community gardens.  This research will be novel and important as no such studies have been conducted in Ontario to date.  Our Food Coalition is cutting edge! Speaking of community gardens, I also had the chance to tour Lindsay Community Garden at Fleming College recently and was thrilled to see all the great plots and diverse produce. Check it out if you can!  Our Lindsay community garden is a great spot to plant, relax and socialize.
Another good sign is that our Food Coalition continues to engage local residents through social media. The Coalition's Facebook page continues to expand and is an excellent resources for the general public in terms of local food and related events.
On a more serious note, our valued colleague Julian Douglas, is moving on as her contract with the City expires this month. Julian has been a great asset to the Food Coalition.  As a volunteer run initiative, our work would simply not be where it is at without Julian's professional and dedicated support. We will certainly miss Julian and wish her all the best in her future endeavours. The issue of continued professional support for our Coalition will be on the agenda when we meet as a whole this fall.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the main Food Coalition in September.  A notice and agenda will follow…
Until then, keep eating local!
Mike Perry, Chair
Further Information
Contact Julian Douglas, Economic Development Associate-Food System Development, 1-866-397-6673, Ext. 1234 or, to learn more about the Coalition and its planned activities.
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