Farming & Local Food Production

Earth Day Film Festival

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Kelly Reinhardt
Email address of primary contact person: 
Kelly@boilingfrog.ca
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The first annual Earth Day Film Festival (EDFF) took place in Craik, Saskatchewan on April 25 – 27, 2008.  It was inspired and proposed by Kelly Reinhardt and Bridget Haworth of boilingfrog.ca, and heartily supported by the Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP). The festival is committed to raising awareness and taking action on environmental issues. Besides showcasing six eco-films, the EDFF provided dynamic discussions, a networking fair, and workshop. The films were very well received - inspiring and motivating festival goers to become more active in environmental and local food issues. The EDFF and the CSLP provided nutritious and delicious meals from local food  - eating local makes a huge positive contribution to the environment while strengthening our health, social connections and local economies. The workshop – “Eating Local, Going Organic” was hosted by Amy Jo Ehman. People at the workshop shared their experiences in acquiring local and/or organic food, and discussing any obstacles and opportunities found along the way. 32 different organizations, artists, healers and small businesses became involved through sponsorship, tabling, funding, food, promotion, etc. The goal was to bring together people from across the province who are active in environmental issues, and those who want to learn more. More than 100 people attended; many thrilled with the films, food and excellent networking during the event.

 

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

25-27 April 2008

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Film festival; local food; workshop; networking opportunities
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

informal-awareness; workshops

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

CSLP provided the funding for the films and the food, and many of its members volunteered throughout the event. Local businesses sponsored, promoted and were represented during the event.

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Recognition Program

Food Miles Campaign - "Saskatchewan Organic: Buy Local for Goodness Sake!"

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Pat Godhe
Email address of primary contact person: 
pat_godhe@hotmail.com
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The Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, (SOD) has begun a campaign, the FMC, with the following components:
- to establish possibilities for institutional procurement of local and regional organic food
- to create an online data base to connect producers and consumers
- to create online curriculum resource materials for K-12 and for citizens generally, to educate about organic agriculture and its potential for health and wellbeing within and among each of the pillars of sustainable development
- to create a series of films about the Back to the Farm Research Foundation (BFRF) and its founder Elmer Laird, an organic pioneer
- to establish a media campaign that encourages Saskatchewan citizens to use more local and Saskatchewan organic products as parts of their daily diets

A key aspect of the concept “food miles” is that the term refers to foods generally, and not only to certified organic and transitioning producers. The steering committee felt it important that activities of the FMC be inclusive of natural producers as well. Thus, although the primary focus is Saskatchewan organics, the logo developed also encourages people to buy local. The curriculum resources are nearing completion and include high school, middle years, elementary, and adult education components.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Started 2008; ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Local food; organic food; online database; curriculum materials; Elmer Laird; films; food miles
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

informal-awareness; formal-schools; adult education

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

goGreen Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Organic Directorate

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Recognition Program

Quill Lakes' Watch Group

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Jack Maluga
Email address of primary contact person: 
columnthree@yahoo.ca
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The Quill Lakes are an exceptionally diverse area, and are used by nearly one million migrating birds each year. The group was formed in late 2001 in response to the threat of a mega hog operation locating in the RM of Lakeside, near Big Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. 

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Formed in 2001. Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Hog farming, industrial agriculture, livestock
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The group has organized public meetings and lobbied against intensive livestock zoning bylaws which have not offered adequate protection to ratepayers.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

Beyond Factory Farming

Garden Pavilions Project

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Reg Forbes
Email address of primary contact person: 
forbesw@siast.sk.ca
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This project is a design/ build project by the architectural students of Palliser Campus to demonstrate and educate to the public various sustainable building methods. These methods include green roofs and walls, photo voltaics, compositing toilet, recycled materials with multiple purposes, post and beam construction, straw/clay construction. The community garden site is an appropriate site because it exposes the students and public to the issues of food security and sustainable shelter. This ongoing project addresses the issues of climate change, local food production and waste and water management. This project main target is the architectural students and local students on tours. We have hosted youth from Uruguay, Ukraine and every province across Canada on educational days. We hope to monitor the performance of the native vegetation on the green roof and demonstrate the benefits to students. We are constructing a cool roof to demonstrate the advantages of light coloured roofs for summer cooling. We will also set up a water retention system from this roof to water the gardens. Partners are Yara Community Gardens, Connecting as Neighbours, Soprema Building Products, and the City of Moose Jaw.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Green roof; formal education; sustainable infrastructure; SIAST
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

formal-schools; adult education; informal-awareness

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

SIAST - Palliser Campus, Yara Community Gardens, Connecting as Neighbours, Soprema Building Products, and the City of Moose Jaw

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Recognition Program

University of Saskatchewan Organic Information Website

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Simon Weseen, Trade and Market Analyst, Organic Industry
Email address of primary contact person: 
asw126@duke.usask.ca
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This website was created by researchers in the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan for the purpose of disseminating organic research that is relevant to the prairie region of western Canada. The research presented on this site focuses on both the agronomics and economics of organic farming.

 

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Organic, sustainable agriculture, research
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

 

The site provides access to research, reports, presentations, statistics and planning guides in the field of organic agriculture.

 

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

 

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Agriculture, Food and Rural Revitalization

 

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