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Growing Good Food Ideas at Queen's Park: Join Ontario Nature and Sustain Ontario for the April 24th Video Launch!

Sustain Ontario, in collaboration with Powerline Films, Ontario Nature and 16 partner organizations, is proud to announce the upcoming release of the 2012-2013 Growing Good Food Ideas videos.  These videos will be launched at an event with Premier Wynne on Wednesday, April 24th at the Ontario Legislature.

“The Growing Good Food Ideas videos have catalyzed the local food movement in communities across Ontario by allowing us to share our successes and learn from each other.  We’re extremely proud of these videos and we hope that they inspire Premier Wynne and the legislature as the Local Food Act becomes a reality,” says Karen Hutchinson, Co-Chair of Sustain Ontario’s Advisory Council.

The videos were developed under the direction of Sustain Ontario and its partners, and were generously supported with funding from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs.  This year, partners include King Township, York Region Food Network, and Community Food Centres Canada, among many others.

“In sharing our stories, our voices have been added to a larger movement throughout the province,” said Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director of York Region Food Network.  “We are thrilled that this movement is being archived through Growing Good Food Ideas videos.”

The Growing Good Food Ideas videos, produced by Powerline Films, showcase innovative approaches to economic development, community health, and environmental stewardship from across Ontario. Cooperative grocery stores, mobile food markets, direct fresh food shipments to Northern Ontario, and farm incubation in peri-urban areas are some of the featured ideas that are transforming the future of food.

“The participating farmers were happy to explain their role in the invisible value chain that moves grain from field to fork through seeds, grain crops, feed, and eggs,” said Tom Manley of Homestead Organics.

“Forest and freshwater foods are vital to the well-being of many people, especially northerners, but rarely garner the same attention as agriculture in local food discussions,” said Julee Boan, Boreal Program Manager with Ontario Nature. “Ontario Nature will be taking our video on the road this summer to talk to communities across the north about the importance of considering forest and freshwater foods in local food planning.”

For more information about the event, visit the Launch Registration Page.

The new videos will be released on the project website, ontariofoodvideos.ca.

Sustain Ontario is a province-wide, cross-sectoral alliance that promotes healthy food and farming. Sustain Ontario takes a collaborative approach to research, policy development and action by addressing the intersecting issues related to healthy food and local sustainable agriculture. Sustain Ontario is working towards a food system that is healthy, ecological, equitable and financially viable. Sustain Ontario is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives.

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. It connects thousands of individuals and communities with nature through conservation groups across the province (charitable registration #10737 8952 RR0001). For more information, visit www.ontarionature.org.

For more information, to obtain an invitation for media, or to arrange an interview, contact:

Julee Boan
Boreal Program Manager, Ontario Nature

Phone: Tel: 807-286-1789
E-mail: juleeb@ontarionature.org

Brendan McKay
Acting Director, Sustain Ontario – the Alliance for Healthy Food & Farming
Phone: 647.348.0235
E-mail: videos@sustainontario.ca

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