Food and Farming across the Golden Horseshoe
Chatelaine recently highlighted four women who are working to make the craft beer industry in Canada a more equitable and inclusive space — Sarabeth Holden of Red Tape Brewery, Rozina Darvesh of North Brewing Company, Ren Navarro of Beer.Diversity., and Erin Brandson of Little Beasts Brewing Company in Whitby.

We encourage you to read the full article.

If you're interested to learn more or hear from one of these women directly, you're in luck — on October 3rd, Ren Navarro will be participating in a Q&A at a screening of One Pint At A Time at Hot Docs in Toronto. Navarro founded Beer. Diversity. in 2018 after experiencing the lack of diversity in the industry first-hand.
Our 2021 Annual Report

The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance has just published our 2021 Annual Report.

We hope you'll check it out to learn what we've been up to lately — in the report, you'll find the Alliance's Top 10 Accomplishments!

Access the Annual Report on our website here, and please share with anyone who may be interested in learning about what we do!
Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum
The County of Brant is co-hosting the 14th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Forum with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, on November 2-3, 2022.

This year’s theme is 'Tradition, Innovation and Regeneration'.

Do we have an environment for women to prosper in agriculture?
A recent episode of the Food Focus podcast has Professor Michael von Massow talking with Jen Christie about the challenges women often face in farming or agriculture industries.

"It's not only an issue of equity," the episode summary shares, "but in an industry starving for staff it's also an issue of supporting the future. What can and should we do better to allow women to make the incredible contributions they are capable of?"

Municipal Elections are coming up on October 24th
What's food got to do with municipal elections?

That's the topic of a new video from the York Region Food Network.

The video discusses how public transit, housing, social assistance, health and wellbeing are important to food and municipal politics.

"Politics shape how we access, afford and consume food in our communities," the YRFN says. Watch the video here.
Economic Development in Niagara
Niagara Region has released a new 10-Year Economic Development Strategy.

The new long-term strategy is one of the Regional Council’s strategic priority projects, under Priority 1 Supporting Businesses and Economic Growth.

You can access the full strategy online here.
Grocers Making an Impact
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 Canadian Grocer Impact Awards!

Rabba Fine Foods was among 14 companies that won in the community service category.

"Rabba has deep roots in the community it serves. In addition to food insecurity, Rabba contributes to health and emergency services and is also a supporter of arts and events that add colour to local communities,” says Rima Rabba, director of marketing.

Low Carbon Food Production
Value Chain Management International (VCMI) has published a new research paper, Low Carbon Food Production: How farmers and food businesses can profit from decarbonizing the food industry.

The paper positions adoption of low carbon strategies as a commercial opportunity, and describes best ways for businesses to successfully adapt and profit from environmental initiatives.

“Change is not easy, and can be seen as a threat, so people often take defensive postures,” says Martin Gooch, CEO of VCMI, in this article. “The paper is for those managers who want change – to show them this is how to do it, because as a society we have way exceeded the planet’s capacity to naturally renew resources.” 

Access an executive summary and the full paper on the VCMI website
Some more food news to chew on...

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