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Date: October 7th 2013

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Good Food Challenge

The Food Security Network is challenging NL to take action to build a healthy & sustainable food system!

1. Make a Pledge to take action in October to help build a healthy and sustainable food system, like these pledges:

“I will develop a weekly local meal plan with my family”
“I will talk to 10 people about food issues”
“I will eat more orange and dark green vegetables”

2. Post it on Facebook at Root Cellars Rock: facebook.com/rootcellarsrock via Twitter: @rootcellarsrock, or email richardkelly@foodsecuritynews.com and be entered to win a good food prize.

3. Share it by posting pictures or videos of you doing your pledge at facebook.com/rootcellarsrock or via Twitter (@rootcellarsrock #goodfoodnl).

About The Good Food Challenge:

FSN is hosting Good Food Challenge in recognition of World Food Day (Oct 16), started by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to raise international awareness about food issues facing humanity. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” (http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/).

Farmer's & Community Markets Open for 2013

1. St. John's Farmers' Market

When: Saturdays, June - December
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Lion's Club Chalet (behind the Remax Centre), Bonaventure Avenue

All local products - made, baked or grown in Newfoundland and Labrador. Vegetables, meat, flowers, fruit/berries, jam/jelly, preserves, breads, bagels, cupcakes, mini donuts, chocolate, hot prepared international foods, waffles, art, photography, jewelry, clothing, craft, kids craft and toys, and lots more. Visit http://stjohnsfarmersmarket.org/ for weekly lists of vendors and performances.

2. Grand Falls-Windsor Farmers' Market

When: Saturdays, June - fall
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: 14 High Street

Fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, beef, berries, and crafts. If you are a farmer/vendor and "Make it, Bake it, or Grow it" and would like to be part of the Farmers Market, contact the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor at 489-0483. Visit the market online at www.facebook.com/GrandFallsWindsorFarmersMarket

3. Fogo Island Farmers’ Market

When: Saturdays, July - fall
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Fogo Central, next to the Credit Union

Local fresh produce and more. Now serving Flat Earth coffee, roasted in Fogo. For more information contact Winston Osmond: osmond.winston@gmail.com or (709) 270-0748.

4. Some Good Market

When: Saturdays, biweekly (October 12, 26)
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Makinsons Community Centre
Admission: $1 (includes entry for door prize)

Local fine handmade craft and farmers market with authors, publishers, musicians and farmers welcome. Featuring seasonal produce, free range eggs, baked goods, preserves, jewellery, photography, prepared food, and more! Please contact for more information through Facebook, Twitter, or somegoodmarket@gmail.com.

Some Good Market Goes to Town - special market in St. John's: October 19th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at St. Thomas Church, Military Rd.: www.facebook.com/events/214708778677849/

5. Salmon Cove Community Market

When: Saturdays, monthly (October 19, November 9)
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Salmon Cove Community Centre (Fire Department) located on the main highroad just before the road to the Sands, Route 70

Hosted by the Salmon Cove Future Development Association. Featuring crafts, baked good, jewelry, artwork, vegetables, preserves, and local entertainment. Lunch is available for a small fee. Admission is free. For more information or to become a vendor visit: www.facebook.com/SalmonCoveCommunityMarket

Market themes: October 19: Hallowe’en Stew & pumpkin muffins, pumpkin carving; November 9: Christmas Turkey Soup, Bring on Christmas

6. Happy Valley-Goose Bay Community Outdoor Market

When: Saturdays, July - October (ending October 12th)
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: CNA Gym, 219 Hamilton River Rd.

Fresh produce, crafts, jewellery, baked goods, home based business products and more! All new vendors welcome! Contact hvgbmarket@gmail.com for info on how to get started! For more information visit www.facebook.com/communityoutdoormarket

7. Wonderful Fine Market (New!)

When: Saturdays, until December 21st
Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 7 West Street, Corner Brook

Handcrafted Locally Made Food, Art, Craft & Beyond. New vendors welcome. Visit the Facebook event for more details and to contact organizers: www.facebook.com/events/247060425418744/

8. Torbay Community Market (One Day Only!)

When: Saturday, November 2
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Jack Byrne Arena, Torbay

Local businesses, crafts, artwork, fresh produce, live entertainment and interactive sessions will all be on display! Are you a local business, not-for-profit group, arts & crafter and you’re interested in showcasing and highlighting your products or services? Register for a booth at the community market here: http://torbay.ca/?Content=Place/Community_Market


1. Sobeys Nutrition Events

When: Throughout October
Where: St. John's, Mount Pearl

Sobeys dietitians at the Howley Estates, Kelsey Drive, and Mount Pearl Sobeys locations are hosting free healthy eating information sessions, cooking classes, and label reading tours throughout October. For the full schedule and registration information see the attached PDF.

2. My Charity Connects Webinars

When: October - December

Free online information sessions that cover topics relating to online technology, social media and fundraising.  All you need is an internet connection and speakers or headphones to participate in these exciting, educational online workshops. Registration for MyCharityConnects webinars is open to employees, volunteers, and board members of Canadian charities and nonprofits. http://mycharityconnects.org/webinars/

3. Webinar: Changing How Campuses Learn and Eat Through Coursework

When: Tuesday, October 8
Time: 12:30- 1:30 pm EDT (2:00 pm in Newfoundland, 1:30 pm in Labrador)
Where: Online webinar

Interested in learning how applied student research can facilitate food system change? This webinar will explore how to create, support and integrate student learning into food systems change on campus and in communities. Hosted by Campus Food Systems and Food Secure Canada, with presenters Lilith Wyatt and Brent Mansfield. Register to participate here: http://foodsecurecanada.org/webform/changing-how-campuses-learn-and-eat-through-coursework

4. Webinar: Bridging the Gap: Helping to Connect Good Food with Low-Income Communities

When: Wednesday, October 9
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT (1:30 pm in Newfoundland, 1:00 pm in Labrador)
Where: Online webinar

Featuring Gillian Flies of The New Farm and Ayal Dinner from the West End Food Coop, this next event in Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC)'s webinar series will discuss strategies for connecting low-income communities with fresh, local and sustainably produced food. The webinar will explore lessons learned from CFCC's 'Share the Health' initiative which raises funds to integrate good food into programming at CFCs and the West End Food Coop's 'Coop Cred' program which enables low-income community members to participate in the health benefits of local, organic and sustainable food sold at the cooperative. To register visit: https://cfccanada.webex.com/

5. Webinar: Food Business Bootcamp: The Business Landscape

When: October 9, 11
Time: 1:00- 2:30 pm EDT (2:30 pm in Newfoundland, 2:00 pm in Labrador)
Where: Online webinar

Learn how to set up or revisit the fundamentals of your business to stake your unique position in the marketplace in this two part webinar.  Some of the topics covered will include: Connecting your mission and vision to business opportunities; Analyzing the macro and local market; Understanding why similar businesses succeed and fail; and What needs to be part of your brand. Hosted by Food Secure Canada with presenters Kathy Nyquist and Joe Karthein. To register visit: http://foodsecurecanada.org/webform/food-business-bootcamp-business-landscape

6. Eastport Agricultural Exhibition

When: October 10 - 14
Where: Various locations, Eastport Peninsula

A variety of events including a diabetes seminar, healthy cooking demonstrations, workshops, Displays, Garden Party, Pumpkin Carving, community meals, and more! Look for FSN at the exhibition on Saturday, October 12th at Holy Cross School with a display table. For a complete schedule visit http://www.beachesheritagecentre.ca/agricultural-exhibition.php

7. Vanishing of the Bees: Film Screening

 When: Tuesday, October 15
 Time: 7:00 pm
 Where: A1046, Memorial University, St. John's

Cinema Politica presents Vanishing of the Bees. Guest speakers, including a local Newfoundland beekeeper, will share their thoughts and experiences. Admission is free, donations accepted. Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. www.cinemapolitica.org/film/vanishing-bees

8. Webinar: Taking Stock - the Big Picture on World Food Day 2013

When: Wednesday, October 16
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT (2:00 pm in Newfoundland, 1:30 pm in Labrador)
Where: Online webinar

Join Food Secure Canada (FSC) and Wayne Roberts for a webinar Celebrating World Food Day and FSC’s New Website. Why are sustainable food systems central to food security locally and globally? Wayne Roberts, author, activist and food leader will set the stage by presenting on his revised book - the No Nonsense Guide to World Food.  Invited guests will reflect on why we can’t ignore sustainability in our quest for food security, and how local projects here in Canada provide solutions to the complex problems of the food system. For full details and to register visit: http://foodsecurecanada.org/webform/taking-stock-big-picture-world-food-day-2013

9. From this Rock Culinary Tour

When: October 17-29
Where: Stephenville (Oct. 17), Corner Brook (Oct. 19), Grand Falls-Windsor (Oct. 21), Twillingate (Oct. 23), Clarenville (Oct. 25), Harbour Grace (Oct. 27), St. John’s (Oct. 29)

A traveling extravaganza of multi-course dinners prepared by a culinary team of some of the province’s best chefs. Inventive interpretation of local foods. Meals preceded by cocktails. Check the eDining website for updated times and ticket information: http://nl.edining.ca/events.asp. For more information contact Nancy Brace at the Restaurant Association of NL (RANL) at admin@ranl.ca

10. 2013 Agrifoods and Garden Show

When: October 18th- 20th
Where: Jack Byrne Arena, Torbay

This year, the Agrifoods and Garden Show returns to the east coast at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay. Admission is only $5 for adults, and kids under 12 get in free! $1 from every ticket will be donated to the Single Parents Association of NL. Stop by the show and see the on-site farmers’ market, giant petting farm, Grade 5 spelling bee, Moonica the Cow and much more! For more information visit http://www.nlfa.ca

11. 12th Annual Pumpkin Fest

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Lester's Farm Market, 173 Brookfield Rd., St. John's

Contests, games, wagon rides, and fun for the entire family. Proceeds going to the REAL Program and the Mount Pearl Sports Alliance. Park and ride from the NL Hydro parking lot. Family passes (5 people) available in advance for $15.

  • 10:00 - Live entertainment
  • 10:30 - Revolutions Dance
  • 11:00 - Kid's worm diggin contest
  • 11:45 - Kid's pie eating contest
  • 12:30 - Kid's worm diggin contest
  • 1:00 - Adult rookie hot pepper contest
  • 2:00 - Kid's pie eating contest
  • 3:00 - Adult experienced hot pepper contest
  • 4:00 - Kid's worm diggin contest

12. St. Patrick's Community Garden World Food Day Harvest Party and Cleanup

 When: Saturday, October 19
 Time: 11:00 am
 Where:St. Patrick's Community Garden, Carbonear

St. Patrick's Community Garden is celebrating World Food Day 2013 by hosting an outdoor boil up (Jiggs dinner) and a closing day fall harvest and clean up event at the garden. Community gardeners can share a vegetable from their harvest and other vegetables for the meal will be provided from local sources. Gardeners will clean up their vegetable beds, compost plant materials, weed, mulch and do year end garden maintenance.

Please email Kim at droversdream@yahoo.com if you would like to attend or visit www.facebook.com/groups/stpatsgarden for more details.

13. 2013 Fall International Food and Craft Expo in CBS, Paradise, and St. John's

i) CBS International Food and Craft Expo
 When: Sunday, October 20
 Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
 Where: Royal Canadian Legion, Kelligrews

Local and International Food and Craft Sale, and Multicultural Entertainment. Admission: $3 (free admission for kids 12 & under)

ii) Paradise International Food and Craft Expo
 When: Sunday, November 3, 2013
 Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
 Where: Rotary Paradise Youth and Community Centre, Paradise

Local and International Food and Craft Sale, and Multicultural Entertainment. Admission: $3 (free admission for kids 12 & under)

iii) St. John's International Food and Craft Expo
 When: Sunday, November 17, 2013
 Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
 Where: Holiday Inn, St. John's

Local and International Food and Craft Sale, and Multicultural Entertainment. Admission: $5 (free admission for kids 12 & under)

14. 2013 Atlantic Green Forum & Design Charrette

When: October 20th- 22nd
Where: Holiday Inn, St. John’s

In it’s fifth year, the 2013 Forum theme is “Living Buildings – inside and out” including the value of open spaces (social, economical and environmental) and how to best incorporate them into community developments across Newfoundland and Labrador.  The event will also include a Design Charrette results presentation, which will be open to all members of the public. With a combination of local, provincial and national speakers, this event is your chance to learn from and network with experts, government officials and municipal staff, landscape architects, builders, and other green industry professionals. For full event details and to register as a participant or exhibitor visit http://members.landscapenl.com/atlantic-green-forum-design-c/

This year, the event will conclude with presentation of the Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador Green for Life Community Award. This new award recognizes projects or geographic segments within a community, region, or municipality that have specific benefit to the public through the development and/or maintenance of green spaces. Nominees for the award are Choices for Youth New Leaf Community Garden, MUN Botanical Garden and St. Patrick’s Organic Community Garden. See nominee photos here

15. The Potential of Biochar Free Public Workshops

Common Ground Community Development Corporation presents two free public workshops in St. John’s to promote the agricultural use of biochar, an organic soil amendment which is making waves internationally for its ability to dramatically improve soil health and fertility, restore degraded lands, and increase crop yields. Seating for both days is limited. Pre-registration by Monday, November 4th, is recommended. To register, contact Lori Heath at 709-738-7542 or rootconnection@gmail.com. Presented with the generous support of the Agricultural Research Initiative.

“The Potential of Biochar for Newfoundland and Labrador Agriculture”

When: Friday, November 8
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Courtyard Marriott, 131 Duckworth St., St. John’s

Dr. Julie Major, Faculty Lecturer at McGill University, and former Agricultural Extension Director of the International Biochar Initiative, will deliver an in-depth, full day workshop that will include detailed information on the applications and benefits of biochar, scientific findings of current studies and practical considerations for the use of biochar in the field. The event will also include a presentation by Dr. Bob Helleur of Memorial University’s Department of Chemistry on the findings of his recent study of biochar produced from locally sourced municipal solid wastes, supported by The Harris Centre and The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board.

“An Introduction to Biochar” & “Do It Yourself Biochar”

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: North Bank Lodge, Nagles Place, Pippy Park, St. John’s

Dr. Hugh McLaughlin, Director of Research at Alterna Biochar, will conduct two workshops: “An Introduction to Biochar” from 12pm – 1pm, (geared especially to those who are interested in biochar but who could not attend the full day workshop on Friday), and “Do It Yourself Biochar” from 1pm-4pm, a hands-on instructional workshop demonstrating small scale biochar production using inexpensive and readily available materials.

16. FSN Teleconference: Bulk Buying Clubs

When: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Newfoundland time)
Cost: Free

Come join us to learn about bulk buying clubs with a presentation about the Level Best Bulk Buying and Cooking Club of the Community Action Committee Family Resource Program and Bay St. George Women’s Centre.

Presentation: Bernice Hancock, Program Director, Community Action Committee for Southwestern Newfoundland
Enhancing food security is the primary goal of the Level Best Club. The Club helps parents and caregivers provide nutritious food for their families through monthly group bulk food purchases. The program is inexpensive, community-based and flexible.

Networking: Bulk Buying Club organizers are encouraged to stay on the line after the presentation for a networking session - an opportunity to exchange ideas and concerns, share best practices, and identify new resources needed.
To register please contact Rick Kelly at richardkelly@foodsecuritynews.com or at 709-237-4026.

17. 2013 ACORN Conference & Trade Show

When: November 20 - 22
Where: Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, NB

ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) presents over 60 workshops covering farm management, finances, season extension, wholesale, tree-fruit and many more organic farming topics! Until October 3rd all online registrants will receive a SIGNIFICANT discount off their registration fee. Volunteer opportunities and a limited number of bursaries are available. For online registration and full conference schedule visit: http://acornconference.org/

18. Save the Date: FSN Annual General Meeting

When: Tuesday, November 26
Time: TBA
Where: Foran Room, St. John's City Hall

The Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador (FSN) is having it's Annual General Meeting next month! The AGM will be open to the public and is a great way to learn more and get involved with FSN. More details will be announced soon. Individuals and organizations can become voting members of FSN and join the board of directors. If you are interested in becoming a voting member of FSN or being nominated for the board, visit our membership page to learn more.

19. FEASt Annual General Meeting

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Sobeys meeting room, Merrymeeting Road, St. John's (To be confirmed)

FEASt is a volunteer-run initiative, taking action on local, healthy, sustainable food issues. Opportunities to learn more about FEASt, become a board member, and review of financial statements. More details to come. Check the FEASt website for the latest information: www.feastnl.ca

20. Fall Harvest and Agricultural Festivals

Throughout the fall there will be many community events across the province celebrating local food, music, and culture. A great search engine for those events is available at the Newfoundland and Labrador tourism website. Search for a list of events in your area: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlanYourTrip/FestivalsEvents


World Food Day is October 16th - Opportunity to Host an Event

FSN is recruiting partners for World Food Day 2013 in Newfoundland and Labrador! Every year FSN observes World Food Day (October 16th) and partners with groups across the province to host community meals, harvest celebrations, film screenings, and more. World Food Day was established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and this year’s theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” (http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/home/en/).

Are you planning to host a World Food Day event or another event around that date in October? If so, get in touch with us at FSN as we would love to work with you to support your event through our resources and promotion. And if you haven’t thought about hosting an event this fall but would like to, please call (237-4026) or email (richardkelly@foodsecuritynews.com) to talk about event ideas and how we can support you. World Food Day events are a great opportunity to celebrate all of the hard work happening province-wide to create sustainable food systems in Newfoundland and Labrador.


1. Share Thanksgiving

A free turkey-based matching service connecting immigrant & host Canadian families.

  1. Sign up: A New immigrant family, hoping to share probably their first dinner with a host Canadian family, signs up.
  2. Learn: A host family, happy to roll out the welcome mat, shares a bit of info about their planned dinner.
  3. Match: Share Thanksgiving's matching magic finds a pair and sends both families an introduction email.
  4. Share: You arrange the logistics. Then put the turkey in the oven, break open the cranberry sauce - and enjoy!

To participate or to learn more about this initiative visit http://www.sharethanksgiving.ca/ or contact Robyn Chatwin-Davies at r.chatwindavies@gmail.com.

2. News Bites





1. Funding: VOCM Cares Foundation

Deadline: October 15

The VOCM Cares Foundation has funding opportunities for non-profit groups and initiatives. Applications for funding are considered for those organizations that work within the Foundation’s mandated area of effort, namely the health, education and safety of the community at large. These include, but may not be limited to, registered not-for-profit organizations, hospital foundations, fire departments, crime prevention organizations, police departments, schools and locally registered volunteer groups.

For more information and to apply visit: www.vocmcares.com/funding

2. Funding: TD Friends of the Environment Grants

Deadline: October 15

Funding available to registered Canadian charities, educational institutions, municipalities, and aboriginal groups for projects including environmental education, tree plantings, schoolyard or urban naturalization projects, and community gardening programs.

For more information and to apply visit: http://fef.td.com/funding/

3. Employment: O'Brien Farm Foundation General Manager

Deadline: October 21

The O’Brien Farm Foundation is seeking a dynamic General Manager to lead the organization and effectively manage all operations of the Foundation, reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors. The Foundation is not-for-profit and its vision is to see the O’Brien Farm forge a central place in the community with a wide range of community partnerships. This is a full-time position and salary is commensurate with experience.

See attached PDF for full job description and submission details.

4. Funding: Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Deadline: October 31

The aim of the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is to promote the well-being of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and to contribute to the development of healthy communities. Through its grants program, the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador seeks to support initiatives that:

  • Benefit the public and address specific social welfare and health needs of the people and communities of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Maintain the province’s intellectual and cultural heritage and advance the arts within the community of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Preserve and protect the environment of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Encourage the advancement of education and scholarship
  • Enhance community leadership and assist in the building of community capacity
  • Ensure innovation and geographic and program diversity

Grants are made only to organizations registered as charities with Revenue Canada. Municipalities, schools, hospitals, registered Canadian amateur athletic associations and registered national arts service organizations are also qualified donees. For more information and to apply: www.cfnl.ca/index.php/grants/grant-criteria

5. Funding: EcoAction Community Funding Program

Deadline: November 1

Funding is available to community-based, non-profit organizations for projects that address one of Environment Canada’s environmental priority issues: Clean air, Clean water, Climate change, and Nature.

For more information visit: www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction

6. Nominations Open: Organic Award Honouring Outstanding Contributions in Atlantic Canada

Deadline: November 1

ACORN's Annual Gerrit Loo Award is presented at the ACORN Conference each year. If you know someone who has made a significant contribution to organics in Atlantic Canada and would like to nominate them, please see the nomination form here: http://acornconference.org/gerrit-loo-award-nominations/

7. Pesticide Disposal

Return obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides from November 5th to 7th in three locations. Domestic pesticides not accepted. Full details here: www.hortnl.com/2013/09/pesticide-disposal-november-5-6-7.html

Resources & Reports

1. Vital Signs National Report 2013 - Fertile Ground

Food is about a lot more than what we buy or eat. Food sustains us,and our communities, in so many ways. That’s why food is the place where our most pressing issues converge -- poverty, health and wellbeing, our environment and economy – they all hit home at our kitchen table. This year’s Vital Signs report, Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada's food system, explores our relationship with food and asks how communities can mobilize locally to build a better food system for the future. Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. Download the full report here: www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/fertileground


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