Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance offers this bi-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.
Order September Local Food Club Today
Enjoy the bounty of the harvest this fall
Order by Sept 15 for delivery Sept 28
Don't miss out on our MONTHLY Local Food Club pack! We are pleased to offer LFC packs in September, October, November, and December. Each monthly pack features seasonal recipes and includes a box full of local foods to help you make a tasty family meal. You can order monthly, or pre-order from now until December. 

Next Local Food Club:
Tuesday September 28th 2021
Order by Wednesday September 15th

FREE DELIVERY in Dufferin and Caledon

NEW! Saving Thyme Partners with Local Food Club

Not only can you buy a LFC pack to enjoy, but you can now watch it be unpacked and cooked while you follow along. Margo from Westminster United Church will be posting videos of her Local Food Club experiences in her wonderfully light and informative cooking series Saving Thyme with Margo! The food she cooks, plus some additional LFC kits, are given to families in need each month, thanks to our generous members who donate.

Check out Margo's YouTube channel and her unboxing of August's LFC pack here.
POSTPONED: Think Local Market
Fiddle Park, Shelburne
Tuesday September 21, 2021 3-8pm **NEW DATE**

Hosted by Dufferin Board of Trade and featuring over 60 local vendors, the Think Local Market is a showcase of Dufferin's small business community and the high quality foods, goods and services they provide. A one-stop place to shop, buy and eat local, this special one-time market is open to everyone. Don't miss this unique event! Originally planned for today, this outdoor event has been rescheduled to September 21, 2021 due to the risk of severe weather.

Meet us at the Market

Drop by our booths when you come to the Think Local Market next week! The HFFA team will be there with a table promoting Local Food Club, and a new trial project called Handmade in Headwaters - curated gift boxes featuring local products made by people in Dufferin and Caledon, beautifully packaged and ready to give.
Harvest Dinner at the Millcroft Inn
Rescheduled (finally!)
September 30, 2021

We are so thrilled, after a year and half wait, to have this final dinner of our 2020 series booked again! Tickets are nearly sold out. If you would like to be on the wait list, email us today.

Proceeds support Farm to School programming.
Rotary Club Of Orangeville Highlands presents Taste of Autumn
Virtual Chef Series
4 Episodes between September 22 and October 13, 2021

The Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands presents The 2021 Taste of Autumn Virtual Chef Series. Tickets are $150 for all four episodes ($100 tax receipt) or $45 each. Purchasers will be entered in all four gift card draws from the four chefs. Each ticket also buys a $20 raffle ticket to win the Rotary wine basket, 13 bottles of wine selected by Rotary members. Draw will be held in Dec. 2021. Proceeds from the event will support Family Transition Place, Rotary Community Choice Grants and the End Polio Now Campaign.

Dufferin Farm Tour
Virtual Tour Watch Party
Saturday October 2, 2021 7pm

Join the Dufferin Farm Tour for a video watch party to see life on the farm, learn more about your local farmer, crops, animals and machinery.

Farmers know how to celebrate
Look for local happenings this season

From Albion Hills Community Farm's annual Honey and Garlic Festival to Am Braigh's FarmED Chef Series and Farm Experiences, Maple Grove's Corn Maze and Wagon Rides, Pumpkinfest at Downey's Farm, and many more...farmers know how to have fun and celebrate with their communities! And many of the seasonal events and family activities we missed last year are back on, at long last!

Check with your favourite farms and local community calendar listings to find out What's On for fall 2021, and how to enjoy events safely.
County of Dufferin
Virtual Agricultural Roundtable - Rural Water Quality Program
Wednesday September 15, 2021 9-10am
Climate Stories of Dufferin Project
Accepting submissions until September 30, 2021

You don’t need to be a scientist to talk about climate change. From residents, business owners, farmers, schools, community groups, or youth, we all have a story to tell about the changes and impacts we are observing in the places we live and how we are responding to them. Dufferin wants to know:
  • What in your local environment or community is special to you?
  • How does climate change threaten the people and places you care about?
  • How are you taking action on climate change?
By sharing your story, you will help give others a deeper understanding of how climate change is impacting life in Dufferin and inspire others to take climate action.

Eat Think Vote Campaign
Food Secure Canada
Making food an election issue

Food Secure Canada is leading its third edition of Eat Think Vote (ETV), a non-partisan campaign gathering community members living coast-to-coast-to-coast to talk with their federal candidates ahead of the upcoming election and make sure that food is an election issue. The goal is that the incoming government develops policy that encourages a food system where everyone has dignified access to healthy and sustainably produced food in the context of pandemic recovery and the climate emergency.

Read ETV's assessment of what the main political parties are saying about food leading up to the federal election.

Headwaters Food Charter
This newsletter supports the Pillars, Goals and Actions of the
Headwaters Food Charter, developed by the community, for the community

Goal 1

Goal 2

Culture and Celebration
We value food as a celebration of our agricultural heritage, cultural diversity and community connections.

Local food contributes to a stronger sense of community.

Culture and diversity are celebrated through food.

The following actions will help ensure that the Culture and Celebration goals are achieved:

  • Encourage events that increase knowledge and build skills about agricultural heritage and locally grown foods.

  • Promote healthy, local and culturally relevant foods into markets and community events.

  • Highlight and celebrate local food champions in the Headwaters food system.

Join the HFFA Hub
The next meeting of the HFFA Coordinating Hub is scheduled for early October 2021. Email us if you would like to attend and see what we're all about!
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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