Cancellation of Farm & Food Care Ontario's annual meeting and speaker's conference
Members and friends of Farm & Food Care Ontario,

Due to the current world situation related to COVID-19, Farm & Food Care Ontario’s (FFCO) annual conference, planned for April 15, 2020, has been cancelled and the business meeting for voting members postponed.

In addition, the recipient of the 2020 Farm & Food Care Champion Award will be announced and recognized later in the year. 

This difficult but unanimous decision of the board follows similar actions by many Farm & Food Care members and organizers of conferences and other industry events in the last week.

Those registered for the conference will receive an automatic refund in the next few days.

Voting members will receive a separate update from the FFCO board of directors related to the postponed business meeting.
COVID-19: Farm & Food Care Ontario's actions

Like many of Ontario’s agricultural organizations, FFCO is committed to making a conscious effort to support social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. Until further notice, FFCO’s office has temporarily closed and all employees are working from home offices on projects that will take place later in the year. For general questions, please contact i nfo@farmfoodcare.org .

During these unprecedented times, the impact of COVID-19 is evolving at a rapid pace. One thing that will not change is our commitment to supporting our members and Ontario’s farmers, and building confidence in Ontario food & farming.

Children and impromptu home school teachers can explore many of our initiatives, like FarmFood360° , virtually from the comfort and safety of home. All of FFCO’s resources are available at www.FarmFoodCareON.org.
Agscape offers parents agri-food resources

Although Agscape's in-school programs are on hold, they are pleased to provide unique options for educators and parents to continue supporting their childrens' learning. Here are some great resources that parents can use to bring agriculture and food alive for children at home!

•  The CALM Essay contest is the perfect educational at-home assignment for students during the school closure. We invite parents of Grade 7-12 students to have them write an essay or make a video on the topic of “Food Literacy: What’s On Your Plate?”. Written and video essay submissions are due on April 5th. 

•  If you are looking for a fun, educational activity for your Grade 4-8 children to do while at home, encourage them to take the Agri-Trekking Across Ontario Challenge

•  Here's a creative way for your Kindergarten to Grade 8 children to learn about where their food comes from! Encourage them to complete the "The Story of Your Lunch" Comic Strip Activity worksheet . You can send worksheets completed by your children to programsassistant@agscape.ca to be featured on our social media.  
Canadian Food Focus

Canadian Food Focus, a project of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan, is filled with great content especially relevant during the current world issues. Latest blogs include "Can you get Covid-19 from food?" (the answer is no) and "Staples for a well-stocked pantry". Visit canadianfoodfocus.org to read the timely and well written articles relating to the current world around us, along with other Canadian food stories.


Thank you and stay safe.

Sincerely,
 
The team at Farm & Food Care Ontario
Farm & Food Care Ontario | www.farmfoodcareon.org