May 2017 - In This Issue
  • Farm to School SPRING FLING
  • Headwaters Trails Summit
  • Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA) Update
  • DC MOVES - Next Forum June 21, 2017
  • Be an Engaged Citizen
  • United Way Growing in Dufferin
  • DAFHT Weekly Walk for Wellness
  Spring is sort of here and we’ve got great things happening this season.
Farm to School SPRING FLING

The Farm to School program has been a popular project in Headwaters for over two years now and is currently working on a Trillium grant which has expanded the project to more schools. It's time to celebrate and reconnect with the community. Be our guest! Join us as we celebrate and evaluate our programs, and take the opportunity to fertilize the activities of the Farm to School team to help our programs grow even more. Here are some of the fun highlights we have planned:

  • Food Fashions for all Seasons - A fun food fashion show
  • Farmer Family Feud - Join a team!
  • Golden Carrot Awards - Could you be nominated?
  • Little Foodies - Kitchen activity
  • Local Food Meal - YUM!

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4pm to 8pm
Where: Monora Park Pavilion, 500 Monora Park Drive, Mono, ON L9W 0E1
Who Should Come: This event is open to the public. We especially welcome teachers, farmers, families and foodies who have had some involvement with our programs, but anyone who is interested or wishes to get involved in local food programming in Dufferin and Caledon will enjoy this event.  We will be conducting focus groups and serving a local food meal. Please Register Now!

Headwaters Trails Summit
Around 50 people attended the Headwaters Trails Summit on May 10 and by all accounts it was an information filled and engaging day. Patrick Connor of the Ontario Trails Council (OTC) put together a super cast of presenters to bring everyone up to speed with success stories and best practices in all things Trail.

Our thanks go to the County of Dufferin and Guelph Wellington Dufferin Public Health for their support and ensuring that Trails issues move forward in Headwaters. Outputs of the day will be made available to all who have expressed interest in moving the trails agenda forward, and we will be reconnecting to map out next steps for Headwaters and the potential for a new CHATT/TRAILS committee, or a Regional Trails Council.

Numerous possible projects of interest were identified which supports how much Trails remain a priority for residents. Thank you to all who helped out on the day: Headwaters Tourism, the CHATT team members, and super volunteer Tom Long. Patrick managed the agenda and has been instrumental in re-establishing the connection between HCIA and the Ontario Trails Council. If you’re interested in being a part of a Headwaters Trails Council or committee and moving this important work forward please connect with us.
Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA) Update
The HFFA team has been hard at work delegating to all of the municipalities seeking endorsement for the Food Charter. All councils to date have endorsed the document meaning it will provide support for food policy and the development of a resilient and local food system.

Headwaters Farm Fresh Map

Headwaters Food & Farming Alliance and In The Hills are teaming up to produce a new Farm Fresh print and online guide to local food producers in the Headwaters region. The guide will include maps and listings for local food producers, including CSAs, on-farm markets, and those who sell at their farm gate or local farmers’ markets in Dufferin, Caledon and Erin. About 45,000 copies of the 24-page, oversize (6.25″ x 10.5″) print version of the guide will be distributed in the summer (June) issue of In The Hills, with an additional 10,000 copies distributed at markets and tourism locations throughout the region.
Be an Engaged Citizen
Are you interested in making life better together? Calling all future Board members! If you are passionate about your community then we would like to meet with you. Please connect with us to arrange a meeting!
DC MOVES - Next Forum June 21, 2017

The DC Moves steering committee was super pleased to bring Carol Good on board to manage and coordinate the activities and strategies of the DC Moves priority pillars. This was Carol’s introduction to the community and in presenting her first forum she did a stellar job. Carol and the team are already busy planning the next forum for June 21.

Attendees will hear about the work happening in the identified priority pillars:

  1. Community Well-Being
  2. Poverty Reduction
  3. Resource Sharing

As with every forum, there is opportunity to hear community updates of emerging or in progress projects and initiatives happening in in Dufferin. Carol has also taken over the weekly What’s on the “MOVES” Bulletin duties and already finds there is no shortage of items to share. A hearty thank you to Angela Pollard for having managed that piece to date. Angela will continue to support the DC Moves team by taking meeting notes. Thank you both!!

United Way of Guelph Wellington is pleased to announce that they have hired a Director of Business Development; Mark Rodford. The agency is committed to the plan of becoming a key community partner with a firm spot in Dufferin, and has hired Mark to focus on being a presence and growing relationships in Dufferin.

Huge thanks to the Community Services folks at the Edelbrock Centre for extending a work station for United Way to borrow when in town. We had the pleasure to meet Mark recently and feel confident that there is no better person for the job. If you have the good fortune to meet up with Mark, you'll find him to be a warm and welcoming presence with a vision of where the community can be. This represents a wonderful step forward in the agency's development. Congratulations to Mark and we look forward to a rewarding and mutually supportive relationship.

DAFHT Weekly Walk for Wellness

FRIDAY 9:00-10:00 AM
Beginning May 26, 2017

Come join active health professionals from the Dufferin Area Family Health Team as they practice what they preach! Meet new people as you enjoy the gentle trails of Island lake. A great way to improve health and well-being!

  • Free! All are welcome
  • Walk the Island Lake Trail
  • Leaving from the Home Hardware parking lot
  • Rain or shine, please dress accordingly

Dufferin Area Family Health Team 519-938-8802, Extension 314

We couldn’t do it without you!

Thank you to our many partners, stakeholders and volunteers who make up HCIA and its project groups. Our primary funders are the Ontario Trillium Foundation and United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin.
Making life better together!

Listings about existing transportation options available in Headwaters, learn about eligibility requirements, hours of service and cost.
Take a Hike
Over 20 trail descriptions, details and maps in the Headwaters region. Take a hike, enjoy a meal and browse our local shops!