Halton Food Charter: A vision for a sustainable food system

One of the first initiatives of the Halton Food Council was to develop a food charter to share its vision for a sustainable food system that benefits the community and the environment.

The Charter was adopted by the council on November 16, 2010 and subsequently endorsed by the Halton Region and all four Halton municipalities. We encourage you to read the Charter and welcome your endorsement by visiting “How to endorse the charter”.

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Farmers markets are opening again across Halton. For updates, check out our events calendar.

Elections 2014: What’s next for the Local Food Act … to read about the potential impact, visit Sustain Ontario

The Halton Food Council is an independent, non-profit organization composed of members representing a wide range of sectors and interests within our community. Since its establishment in 2009, the Council has been engaged in a number of initiatives to develop awareness of food system opportunities and issues and to promote food security with a common voice. Over the next term, the focus of the Council will be to promote and support sustainable rural and urban agriculture food policies and to foster partnerships and develop networks to create and support sustainable food initiatives.

We invite you to browse through our website to learn more about our work and how you can become involved.

Community Food Collaborative : A model for “Good Food”

A community food centre is typically characterized by its multi faceted approach to creating a just and sustainable food system. Programs are designed to improve food access and skills and to provide a forum for individuals and communities to advocate for good food with a common voice. Recently initiated by the Halton Food Council, the Community Food Collaborative committee is working to facilitate the establishment of community food hubs in Halton through a network of community partners and existing community food programs in the four municipalities.

Community Gardens: A celebration of food

The Halton Food Council identified the establishment of community gardens as a key strategy to improve access to fresh, local foods and an important step towards food security. The Council commissioned the report, Community Garden Policy Scan with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and support of Halton Region, and followed-up with the Community Garden Initiative Advocacy Plan, funded by the Heart & Stroke Foundation and supported by Halton Region.

To learn more about this initiative and ideas for your own community garden, visit Community Gardens Initiative.