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Workshop Connects Public Sector to Local Food Producers

February 5, 2013 – The City of Thunder Bay, along with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Earthwise Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay Federation of Agriculture kicked off a workshop entitled ‘Making the Connections for Public Sector Local Food Procurement’ on Feb. 5 and 6.

With a focus on how to move forward to make better connections between producers and buyers, the two-day workshop encourages attendees to learn more about providing more local food in public care institutions. 

In October 2012, the City of Thunder Bay received a $100,000 grant funded by the Ontario government to increase the amount of Ontario food served in daycares, schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and long-term care facilities. Known as the Greenbelt Fund, the City and partners are working to establish and strengthen connections between local farmers and institutions.

“We believe that it’s very important to support the local agricultural community and to have fresh foods available in public facilities, and to the people living and working in them,” says Leslie McEachern, Manager of Planning.

“We want to create a list of purchasers and producers and figure out where there are gaps and build connections so we can introduce more local foods into the institutional buying practices.”

The workshop features tours of farms to see first-hand the realities they face, cooking demonstrations by local chefs, and presentations by representatives from the Grey Bruce Centre for Agroecology.

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Contact: Thora Cartlidge, Planner – Development Services, 625-2530