North & Eastern Ontario
Local Food Conference 2021
Local Food More Than Ever
Join us for a series of free webinars exploring diverse perspectives on local food.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique opportunities and pressures for local food systems. The current situation has demonstrated how critical these systems are, as well as exposing weaknesses that make them vulnerable. The goal of these webinars is to explore the hard-won lessons learned from a global pandemic that can help strengthen local food businesses and organizations.
Keynote speaker Dr. Evan Fraser will kick off the series on March 10th at 10 am. Dr. Fraser is a professor of geography and the Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph. A passionate communicator, he has written for the Globe and Mail, the Guardian.com, CNN.com, ForeignAffairs.com, the Walrus and the Ottawa Citizen, and non-fiction books about food and food security; most recently Uncertain Harvest, published in 2020.
This virtual conference will be hosted by the County of Renfrew and the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance and is brought to you with the collaboration of OMAFRA.
March 10: Local Food More than Ever: Harvesting the Lessons of COVID-19
March 17: Navigating Agri-Tourism During a Pandemic
With a Chef-Led ‘Taste of the North’ participatory lunch at noon
March 24: Surviving and Thriving: The Resilience of Local Food
March 31: Innovations in the Local Food Frontier: Greenhouse, Vertical Farming, Aquaculture, Aquaponics
With a Chef-Led ‘Taste of Renfrew County’ participatory lunch at noon.
Each of the webinars will start at 10 am, the virtual participatory chef led luncheons will take place at noon on March 17th & 31st .