Landuse

Moving knowledge into practice

Knowledge areas

Cultivating Connections: Alberta Regional Food Systems Forum (ARFS) 2017

Cultivating Connections: Alberta Regional Food Systems Forum 2017

 

On Feb 3-5 2017 Alberta Food Matters and FLEdGE – Food Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged – hosted a very successful Cultivating Connections 2017 Forum about Alberta Regional Food Systems. The purpose of this Forum was: 1) to bring together individuals and representatives from public, private and non-profit sectors in Alberta to share information about innovative initiatives; 2) to identify opportunities; and 3) to collaborate in building socially just, economically viable and ecologically sound and sustainable local/regional food systems in the province. The Forum provided a venue for those interested in forming partnerships, coalitions and action-oriented working groups toward this end. It was a gathering to talk about our Alberta regional food system. By taking part in this Forum 2017 participants would:

• Gain a deeper understanding of the interconnections between the present food system, the environment, health, community and issues of access/affordability.

• Gain a deeper understanding of the economic, social and environmental benefits of supporting and strengthening local/regional food systems in Alberta from field to table to waste.

• Examine existing assets and gaps in the local/regional food systems in Alberta.

• Examine existing government (municipal, regional, provincial) policies and programs relevant to the development of sustainable ecologically sound localized food systems, and compare with other jurisdictions and best practices.

• Join with other participants in knowledge and experience sharing, collaborative evidence based problem solving and identification of opportunities to build sustainable ecologically sound localized food systems.

Three Hundred and forty-two people took advantage of the Forum in some way. Two hundred and thirty people attended the entire Forum from Friday to Sunday. The Forum brought together delegates from across Alberta, who talked, shared and explored the future for Alberta’s vibrant food system. The participants discussed pressing food-related issues, charted the direction for the future and celebrated Alberta’s lively food culture. What a wonderful mix of people we had: chefs, farmers, researchers, teachers, educators, health practitioners, decision makers, economists, waste warriors, students and lots members of the public!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Edmonton City Hall

Let’s Talk Food: A Panel Discussion among Edmonton-area Mayors

Kevin Jones, Lisa Holmes, Billy Morin, Tom Flynn, Don Iveson

 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Northlands Expo Centre

Keynote: Keep Calm, Dig In, Be a Solutionary

Wayne Roberts

Ramping Up Food Production: Access to Capital-How to Attract It

Dana Penrice (moderator), Rick Dehod, Seth Leon, Sylvia Cheverie, Tam Andersen, Victor Benitez

Ramping Up Food Production: Access to Land - How to Acquire Space

Kathryn Lennon (moderator), Kristi Peters Snider, Erin Isaac, Jessica Letizia, Heather Shewchuk, Travis Kennedy, Marian Weber

No video

Ramping Up Food Production: Access to Training & Labour - How to Find Knowledge & Skills

Christine Anderson (moderator), Dustin Bajer, Alison Blay-Palmer, Jennifer Burns-Robinson, Dr. Kenneth Fry, Ian Griebel, Dustin Morton, Melisa Zapisocky,

No video

Ramping Up Food Production: Access to Processing

Brent Swallow (moderator), Brenda Barritt, Ken Gossen, Charlie Hansen, Bryanna Kumpula,

No video

The Role of Local Food Enterprises and Consumer Choice in Shaping Regional Food Systems: What Makes Local, Local?

Jessie Radies (moderator), Eric Doef, Travis Kennedy, Jerry Kitt, Poul Mark

The Role of Local Food Enterprises and Consumer Choice in Shaping Regional Food Systems: Scaling Up and Scaling Out

Bill Reynolds (moderator), Daniel Chappell, Peter van Stolk, Janelle Herbert, Craig Mackenzie

No video

The Role of Local Food Enterprises and Consumer Choice in Shaping Regional Food Systems: Innovation in Local Food Production

Susan Roberts, (moderator), Stephanie Bach, Debra Davidson, Kristine Kowalchuk, Michael Moore, Denise O’Reilly

The Role of Local Food Enterprises and Consumer Choice in Shaping Regional Food Systems: How Our Personal Food Purchasing Behavior is Shaping Regional Food Systems

Mary Beckie (moderator), Meghan Dear, Ellen Goddard, Pearce Shewchuk

No video

All In! All the Time! Citizen Engagement and Social Justice: How Do We Do It Well at the Community Level?

Sacha Deelstra (moderator), Joanna Campiou, Krista Milford, Kate Stenson, Ashley Thompson

No video

In! All the Time! Citizen Engagement and Social Justice: Just Do It!

Elizabeth McLennan (moderator), Dianne Brown, Scott Hall, Jyoti Lamba, Renee MacKillop

No video

All In! All the Time! Citizen Engagement and Social Justice: Let’s Own It!

Susan Roberts (moderator), Diana Bronson, Crystal Lameman, Michael Moore

All In! All the Time! Citizen Engagement and Social Justice: Everyone Is In!

Ronda Reach (moderator), Calvin Avery, Kelly Mills, Sandra Ngo, Alison Van Dyke

No video

 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Northlands Expo Centre

Waste as a Resource: Where Waste is Hiding? Exposing the Waste in our Food System

Debra Davidson (moderator), Christina Seidel, Aurea Siemens, Rob Ironside

No video

Waste as a Resource: Realizing Waste’s Potential - Innovations in Organic Waste Processing

Stephanie Bach (moderator), Mark Grunert, Joey Hundert, Marc Legault, Dan Rollingson, Mike Dorion

No video

Waste as a Resource: That's Not Waste: It's Food! Relishing the Misfits and Other Food Recovery Stories

Marsha Shack (moderator), Marjorie Bencz, Sandra Ngo, Lourdes Juan, Leanne Moreira

Waste as a Resource: Innovative and Integrated Farm-based Practices that Reduce Waste and Preserve the Land to Produce Good Food

Michael Moore (moderator), Sheryl McCumsey, Ken Fry, Luke Wonneck, Takota Coen

Harnessing Big Food Buying Power: Getting More Local Food on More Plates

Elizabeth McLennan (moderator), Diana Bronson, Jessie Radies, Bobbi Beeson, Lilas Bielopotocky, Renee MacKillop, Simon Smotkiwicz

Harnessing Big Food Buying Power: How to Sell to Institutions, Corporations and Community Organizations

Bill Reynolds (moderator), Kimmarie Allen, Marjorie Bencz, Dianne Brown, Steve Logan

No video

Harnessing Big Food Buying Power: Local Innovations Supporting Increased Organizational Local Food Purchasing and Use

Leanne Hedberg (moderator), Corbin Bourree, Janelle Herbert

Policy Plenary: The Way Forward: Food Policy Entrepreneurship

Wayne Roberts (moderator), Jason Cathcart, Caitlin Dorward, Krista Milford, Kristi Peters-Snider

Summary and Wrap Up

Wayne Roberts & Annand Ollivierre (moderators)

No video