Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance offers this monthly e-newsletter featuring the foundational pillars of the Headwaters Food Charter . The Charter was developed in partnership with WDG Public Health and has been widely endorsed. This series aims to keep you informed about issues and events relating to the Charter's 6 Pillars, 15 Goals and 27 Actions prioritized by our communities to enhance our food system.
Culture and Celebration
We value food as a celebration of our agricultural heritage, cultural diversity
and community connections .
Bringing people together over food
Making life better...together
Speaking of bringing people together, no one does that better than our backbone organization Headwaters Communities in Action. Their Annual General Meeting is always a heartwarming digest of some wonderful community-building projects and individuals, and it always delivers something a little different.

Please join us at the HCIA AGM
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Lord Dufferin Centre, Orangeville

Attendees will have the opportunity to pack a HFFA Local Food Club bag with harvest food and a seasonal recipe. You can support Farm to School and take your bag home for $25.
Celebrating our Agricultural Heritage
Autumn in Headwaters means harvest time. The harvest season is an opportunity for communities to celebrate our agricultural heritage and local food and farming innovations. Check out these events and special days that put the “culture” in Agriculture!

Everdale Carrot Stock - September 21st 

Dufferin Farm Tour - September 28th 9am-4pm
(Want to volunteer at the HFFA table on the farm tour? Email info@hffa.ca.)

Orangeville Farmers' Market hosts Harvest Celebration on October 19th

National Kale Day - October 2nd 

Terra Cotta's Fall Fest - October 5th and 6th, 11am-5pm

Many communities in our region celebrate the harvest season with Fall Fairs. The fair season is ending now, but bookmark their sites for inspiration, exhibitors, winners and upcoming events:

Orangeville - August 30 - Sept 1
Shelburne - September 13-15
Grand Valley - September 20-22
Bolton - September 20-22
Erin - October 10-14
October is Farm to School Month!
2019 theme: Healthy People, Healthy Planet
Act Locally
Plan to Save: Reduce Food Waste
Our friends over at Dufferin Waste and WDG Public Health have officially launched the Dufferin Food Waste Campaign – “Plan to Save” in Dufferin. Take a good hard look at how much food is wasted in your household. Knowing is half the battle. Find out more about this challenge on Join In Dufferin.

Read the media article launching the campaign.

The campaign challenge officially began on September 23. Weekly challenges are issued for households in Dufferin.

Food for Thought - Dufferin County
If you have a food business operating in Dufferin, book an in-person interview or complete this Food for Thought survey being conducted by Dufferin County.
Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant Workshops
If you have an idea for a Grow project and want to learn how to submit a strong grant application, join the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for a series of Grow Investment Stream in-person workshops, webinars and telephone coaching clinics. Applications are due November 27th.

These sessions will provide concrete information on what makes a competitive Grow project as well as the common decline reasons. If you are planning to submit a Grow application and have some questions, please join OTF in:

Cambridge - October 2nd Orangeville - October 9th Fergus - October 10th

Find workshop listings near you on Eventbrite or OTF's calendar or book an application coaching call.
Eat local, think global
100 Debates for the Environment
With agriculture as a major player in the climate change discussion - as part of the problem and the solutions, effecting or affected by it - let's make sure to keep food on the table during the upcoming Canadian federal election by submitting questions and attending the 100 Debates for the Environment event on October 3rd, 7-9pm at Westminister United Church on Broadway in Orangeville.

Food for the Federation
On the national level, Food Secure Canada (FSC) has launched the 2019 edition of Eat Think Vote – a non-partisan, national campaign bringing together communities across Canada to speak with their federal candidates about food security and other important food issues. Visit eatthinkvote.ca for more information and to participate.
Striking for Climate
In a related movement, check out the Global Climate Strike happening this week, including locally organized events. Find registered events near you, or host your own!
Visit Climate Strike Canada for more local happenings, like the march in Orangeville today, Sept. 26th, starting at 1pm at David Tilson's office at 229 Broadway.

World Food Day
The Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN continues to spread awareness of the importance of food security and healthy eating. Their message is based on the second Sustainable Development Goal of the UN. #WorldFoodDay aims to address zero hunger through healthy and nutritious eating for everyone everywhere. 
Check out the FAO World Food Day website for a wealth of resources and toolkits that you can use.

Watch this video for more information about what you can do.

The People's Ecochallenge
From October 2 - October 23, create more environmental + social good alongside your peers and thousands of global changemakers. Connect the dots between your values and the impact of your actions.

The People's Ecochallenge (this year's version of the Drawdown EcoChallenge) harmonizes individual and collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition to create significant collective impact. Over 100 actions within nine Challenge categories await you, include food related challenges. Register today!
Know your HFFA Hub members
This month's newsletter was crafted by Adelle Barr-Klouman, Farm to School Program Coordinator for HFFA, and Jennifer Payne, Acting Chair and Communications Coordinator for HFFA. They live and eat with their families in Mono.
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The next meeting of the HFFA Hub is:
Friday October 4th, 2019
9:30 to noon
WDG Public Health
180 Broadway, Orangeville

Everyone is welcome. Email info@hffa.ca if you plan to attend,
or if you would like time on the agenda.
Our Vision
The Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA) envisions a food system that is productive, sustainable, transparent, and fair; supports the health and well-being of our residents and food providers; and contributes to the prosperous and equitable economy.
Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA) is a project of
Headwaters Communities In Action