Growing & Sharing Food in Halton
The purpose of this initiative is to increase the "Growing and Sharing of Food in Halton" in the most sustainable fashion. Every growing season, thousands of pounds of food in Halton go to waste as it is simply not harvested. This food could instead benefit local food banks and residents of Halton. Over three years (2011-14), this initiative will undertake three, interrelated urban projects, and support existing sustainable food projects in Halton through:
Much of Halton used to be fertile agricultural lands that have since been converted to suburban development. Through these projects, it is our goal to increase the resilience of the local food system and the communities in Halton, through joint community activities and re-learning of food growing skills, harvesting and home-processing skills. There will be an initial focus on the Burlington-Oakville corridor as they are in greatest need of fresh, local produce. All of these initiatives support the recently adopted Halton Food Charter by the Halton Food Council .
Several municipalities, including Toronto, Guelph and Hamilton, have started fruit and vegetable gleaning programs that benefit the owner of the tree/crop, the volunteer pickers and a local food bank. As a result, this fresh produce is diverted from becoming waste while the pickers are getting outdoors, meeting neighbours and enjoying local food!
Growing and Sharing of Food in Halton is an initiative of the Oakville Sustainable Food Partnership (OSFP) and Go Local Oakville (formerly Transition Oakville). Funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Watch our video from the launch event at the Harbourside Organic Farmers Market on Sat. July 23, 2011 !!