Interested in attending the 2008 Ontario Historical Society Conference? The conference takes place in Guelph from Friday, June 13, 2008 to Saturday, June 14, 2008. This year's conference will be held in partnership with the Guelph Historical Society, Guelph Civic Museums, and the History Department, University of Guelph. The theme is Ontario's Environmental History: "From Nature to Ecology, Landscape to Ecosystems: An Historical View of Ontario Environments." Click here for more information and an application to register. For more information contact: Dr. Cynthia Comacchio, Director, OHS Board, Conference Committee, email@example.com . Dr. Debra Nash-Chambers, President, Guelph Historical Society,firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science is hosting an international symposium on 2-4 May 2008 in Toronto entitled: A Symposium: The Role of Food and Agriculture in the Design and Planning of Buildings and Cities It will feature a number of international as well as local speakers, and a chance for discussion and local visits. Below is a short abstract about the event. "This symposium will investigate the opportunities for creative cooperation between shapers of the built environment and actors in urban food and agriculture systems. It brings together, for the first time, individuals from the full range of professions of the built environment who have been recently tackling challenges of the urban food system. The interface between the physical aspects of urban food provision and distribution, urban design and architecture will be explored."Read more
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING The Public are invited to the first Public Meeting in the Cheltenham Badlands Management Planning process. A Management Plan for the Cheltenham Badlands Property is in the early stages of development. The management planning process will define the goal, objectives and long term direction for the protection, development, management and use of the property’s resources. In particular, management issues such as access to the site and protection of the property’s sensitive earth and life science features will be addressed in the planning process. We need your input! You are invited to attend a Public Meeting to hear background information about the Cheltenham Badlands site, the management planning process, public involvement in the process, and to provide your input and insight into the issues that should be addressed as part of the planning process. The Open House will be held on: Thursday, April 3, 2008 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Brampton Flying Club (Caledon Room) 13691 McLaughlin Road, Caledon (McLaughlin Road just south of King Road) Please plan on attending and providing your valuable input into the management issues of this unique and spectacular site – the Cheltenham Badlands. For more information on the Cheltenham Badlands Management Planning process please visithttp://www.caledonbrucetrail.org/ or www.brucetrail.org For a PDF of this announcement click here.
Attention all growers, chefs, processors, producers and culinary entrepreneurs! Farm to Table Cuisine Workshop located at Brock University – Pond Inlet Thursday, February 21, 2008 from 12 noon to 5 PM Michael Stadtlander, an award winning chef and owner of Eigensinn Farm, is ranked 9th best on the planet by “Restaurant” magazine. On his farm, Stadtlander grows, harvests, prepares and serves discerning guests spectacular dinners on-site. Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity hear Stadtlander speak of his success while attending Bridges to Better Business – Farm to Table Cuisine. Sessions include “Opportunities in Culinary Tourism” with speaker Susan Benson from the Ministry of Tourism, “How To Buy From A Grower” with Richard Fitussi of the Little Inn of Bayfield and “How To Sell To A Chef” with David Colemeyer of Cookstown Greens, all followed by a panel discussion on how to make this unbroken arch from garden to table Niagara’s newest agricultural and culinary strength. The Niagara Culinary Trail has partnered with the Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Enterprise Centres of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls and in association with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference. The Niagara Culinary Trail promotes networking opportunities and culinary collaborations between growers and chefs while focusing on the unbroken arc from garden to table, that includes growing, harvesting, preparing, presenting and eating foods from the local soils. The Farm to Table Cuisine Workshop is open to all chefs, growers, processors and culinary entrepreneurs in Ontario. The cost is $30+GST for lunch and the afternoon seminars. To register, call 905-688-5601 x 1767 or e-mail email@example.com . For more information email Magdalena Kaiser-Smit, Director of Marketing and Communications, Niagara Culinary Trail firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or call 905-262-4941. The Niagara Culinary Trail is a mandate initiative of the Niagara Environmental Food Alliance; a not-for-profit organization funded by a grant from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Community Resource Centre. -30-
In the spring of 2006 Hike Ontario received a grant from the Trails for Life funding program to develop a 'Manual of Best Practices to Increase Trail Use by Hikers and Walkers in Ontario.' Hike Ontario then engaged in researching and collecting data for increasing the use of trails by walkers and hikers in Ontario and its Greenbelt, with Canada's largest network of trails.
Hike Ontario is happy to announce that the Best Practices Manual is now ready for distribution and available for download from their homepage . Many organizations have expressed interest in creating pedestrian footpaths and organizing hiking and walking activities to pique people's desire for healthy, inexpensive, and accessible activities on them.
Ontario’s Greenbelt is celebrated at this year’s Royal Fair – where country comes to the city. The largest Greenbelt in the world, it is also a significant agricultural area. Look for facts about the Greenbelt and agriculture in this year’s Royal Show Guide. 85th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair November 2 – 11, 2007 Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place, Toronto Visit one of the Greenbelt Kiosks located in the horse, food, wine and environmental areas, and enter for a chance to win a Spa Getaway from the Millcroft Inn and Spa – The Definitive Country Retreat. Win two nights accommodation plus dinner for two, one evening, a breakfast buffet both mornings, and $200.00 towards spa services. A stunning aerial view of the historic Millcroft Inn and Spa, a refreshing blend of rural serenity and sophisticated hospitality situated in the rolling countryside of Ontario's Caledon Hills. At the Greenbelt Kiosks you can also pick up a copy of the My Local Greenbelt Guide, and discover the bounty of local food grown in each region of the Greenbelt. The guide lists prized fruit orchards, pick your own berry farms, fine dining and family restaurants, farmers’ markets, stores and many more places that promote the local harvest. You can also get your copy of the Greenbelt Walks brochure with its 1,000 km of trails and Greenbelt buttons. Taste the Greenbelt at the Durham Agricultural Farmers’ Market and learn about environmental farming practices at the model Enviro Farm. See more of the Greenbelt on display at the Agricultural Innovation Centre. Visit the Greater Toronto Conservation Foundation booth that also includes an interactive Greenbelt map for kids and, visit theJourney to Your Good Health special feature. Watch for the video about Ontario’s Greenbelt at the Royal Horse Show and enjoy the largest agricultural fair in Canada.
Ottawa, October 10, 2007 - The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association received one of only seven awards handed out last week in Ottawa at the Ontario Tourism Marketing Awards.
The Hills of Headwaters Visitor’s Guide & Map, the region’s two official tourism marketing publications, were awarded gold in the category of printed collateral materials featuring Ontario tourism destinations or attractions. In the region you will find the towns of Orangeville, Erin, Caledon, Dufferin, Shelburne and Mono.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by the Ontario tourism industry for our efforts at promoting the Hills of Headwaters region as a sophisticated rural tourism destination” said Executive Director Lisa Brusse. “As local residents and businesses we are all beneficiaries of the wealth that visitor’s bring to the Headwaters region. The tourism dollars spent at our local restaurants, stores, galleries, theatres, golf courses and conservation areas supplement local spending and help to sustain our local economy and the quality of life we all enjoy.”Read more
Food is essential to our sense of place and our sense of self, but today—as fast food nation meets the slow food movement and eating locally collides with on-demand arugula—our food habits are shifting. The Alphabet City FOOD Festival just completed its run from September 29 to October 20, 2007. Those who were there enjoyed a celebration and exploration of our evolving relationship to the things we eat. But if you didn't quite get your fill, pick up a copy of FOOD, and carry on the feast. In this publication, writers and artists explore the cultural and emotional resonance of food, from the “everyday Dada” of mashed potatoes and Jell-O to the rocket science of food eaten by astronauts in space. Hot dogs at zero gravity. Delicious.
Autumn is here and bringing its bounty with it. Celebrate October in the Greenbelt at these festivals and fairs.
Some of these dates may be tentative. Please contact the fair to confirm or contact Ontario Fairs for information year round.
Markham Fall Fair
October 2 – 5
Markham Fair is one of Canada’s oldest country fairs. It promotes excellence through friendly competition and features various forms of entertainment such as the horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides and displays of farm animals.
Be sure to come to this deliciously ripe festival toasting the wealth of fresh and nutritious local produce at theEvergreen Brick Works. Activities will start at 11am: Participate in hands-on cooking workshops for kids and adults, be entertained with outdoor theatrical performances, check out the chef cook-offs, pick up heritage legumes and herbs to grow in your garden. Oh yea, and you’ll get to enjoy plenty of delicious and nutritious treats. Saturday, August 25, 2007 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.