Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What's Growing in the Food Sector?

After receiving plenty of rain, the vegetable plants on my CSA farms will get a dose of sunshine and heat this week, and I can't wait for that first share this Sunday! To help pass the time, here's the event listing for Food Forward's Growing Good Food Jobs Forum taking place on Tuesday night:

Growing Good Food Jobs Forum with City Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
Time: Tuesday, May 31, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: 8th floor Party Room, Hugh Garner Co-op, 550 Ontario St, Toronto
Can Toronto's food scene flourish? We thinks so.
Already growing leaps and bounds, the food sector provides one of eight Toronto jobs. Innovative businesses and non-profits are leading community economic development and providing new work to the City, while promoting a local, sustainable food system in which opportunities are more accessible.
Join us for a discussion with key leaders from the area's food sector to look at what's happening, what's being built and what kind of policies and projects could move us even further.
Moderated by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon.
  • Sri Sethuratnam, FarmStart-Up Programs Manager who's worked in agriculture for twenty years, immigrated to Canada in 2004 and now supports newcomers to get a foot in GTA sustainable farming. 
  • Michael Wolfson, Food and Beverage Cluster Specialist with the City of Toronto, with thirty years experience in the food industry, working in natural foods, constulting, government and non-profits. 
  • Voula Halliday, a Cordon Bleu trained chef, recipe developer and food writer, who knows Toronto's food scene and has led the way in innovating a successful and sustainable non-profit school nutrition program.
The forum is open to your questions and comments. Requesting a $5 donation if possible, or we'll throw in a Food Forward membership for just $10. We're being hosted by the Hugh Garner Co-op (nearest Sherbourne Station), adjacent their green roof, come take a look: http://www.hughgarnergreenroof.ca/
We thank Carrot Cache for its support of our forums.

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