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‘Growing Local’ on the Mind at Upcoming Food Conference

Food Matters ManitobaManitoba’s wide-ranging food industry will be the topic at the upcoming Growing Local Conference in March.

Food Matters Manitoba will bring together Manitobans for a two-day discussion and sharing session on healthy, sustainable and fair food in our province.

The conference kicks off on Thursday, February 28 with a screening of the acclaimed film “To Make a Farm” at 7 p.m. Conference participants can then take in two full days of hands-on workshops, discussions and displays, plus delicious lunches and snacks on March 1 and 2.

The conference, being held at the Marlborough Hotel, is expected to draw well over 500 participants.

Early bird prices for attendees are available until Sunday, January 20. For more information, visit FoodMattersManitoba.ca or call (204) 943-0822.

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Manitobans Challenged to Eat Local in 2013

Food Matters ManitobaFood Matters Manitoba is challenging citizens to eat local this year with the 2013 Dig In Challenge.

It’s an opportunity to connect with local farmers, cook from scratch, grow your own food and enjoy made-in-Manitoba food dishes.

The five-month challenge begins in February and allows participants to create their own customizable pledge, based on their food interests. The challenge is free to sign up, and by joining will allow those to attend food skill workshops, share local food recipes, swap food tips and ideas with the community, and win prizes.

Besides individuals, workplaces, schools and faith groups can also join.

To register, visit DigInManitoba.ca/challenge.

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Gardening Kits to Be Distributed to Manitoba Schools

By Tyler Sutherland

Food Matters Manitoba will provide 100 gardening kits to Manitoba schools, helping children and youth learn about their food system, engage in new food skills, and reap the benefits of home-grown food.

Through a partnership with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Sage Garden Herbs, the kits will be distributed to schools on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schools in both rural and urban areas have already begun signing up for the kits, which are contingent on teachers agreeing to participate in the 2013 Dig In Challenge — a Food Matters Manitoba initiative to help families and youth across the province learn about healthy, local, sustainable and fair food. The Dig In Challenge will officially begin in February 2013, and schools will begin growing their gardens in the spring.

School kits include soil mixes, vegetable and herb seeds, a full-spectrum light bulb for indoor seed starting, and teacher resources.

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‘Golden Carrot Awards’ Recognizing Local Food Producers

By Sarah Klein

Local food producers will be celebrated Friday at the Manitoba legislature as the 2012 Golden Carrot Awards are handed out.

Food Matters Manitoba has nominated “food champions” in seven categories, including urban, rural, northern, education, business, media and youth categories.

The Golden Carrot Awards are held annually in conjunction with World Food Day, an international event to draw attention to food issues across the globe.

Members of the public are invited and are requested to RSVP to Julie Rempel at (204) 943-0822.

The awards will be handed out between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Manitoba Food Charity Encouraging At-Home Cooking

Food Matters Manitoba is encouraging citizens to cook up a meal from scratch and eat at home on Saturday, October 20.

Do a Dinner that Grows is being organized by participating families with all proceeds going back to the organization. Food Matters Manitoba says the number of at-home family meals is at an all time low. Food skills are on the decline, diabetes and obesity is on the rise, and people know less than ever about the food they eat, according to the organization.

“Whether you decide to plan a fall dinner, tea party, potluck or snacks and appetizers, the contributions from your event will allow for the continued support of good food for Manitoba’s newcomers, northerners, farmers, families and youth,” said Julie Rempel, communications coordinator.

Recipe suggestions, practical tips and a comprehensive guide can be found at FoodMattersManitoba.ca. Those unable to plan a dinner can still make a donation through the charity’s website.

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Manitoba Families Challenged to Eat Local

By Sarah Klein

Food Matters Manitoba has 200 families registered for the Dig In Manitoba Challenge this year.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., the challenge will officially launch at The Forks, where participants have pledged to eat close to home, learn a new food skill and be the difference for fair food.

More than 70 schools are also registered are organizers have a goal of getting 500 Manitoba families on board throughout the challenge.

Participants make a public commitment to eat local as they connect with other Manitobans, swap kid-friendly snacks, attend free weekly workshops and share ideas for making healthy eating a lifestyle. The five-month free-to-all challenge also offers monthly prizes.

There is no fee to register for the challenge, which can be done at DigInManitoba.ca/challenge.

Food Study Finds St. Vital Residents Are Overweight

A recent food study in St. Vital has found 70 percent of residents are overweight or obese.

The surprising numbers come from Food Matters Manitoba, who conducted a community food assessment in the south Winnipeg neighbourhood.

The report, funded by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Province of Manitoba, took a close look at a community with both some of the wealthiest and lowest income areas in the city, and identifies challenges and opportunities for healthy foods.

“Without the assessment we would not have understood or imagined the hurdles preventing part of our St. Vital community from accessing wholesome and nutritious food,” said Louise Hébert-Saindon, executive director of Youville Centre.

The study also found that only 11 percent of residents live within a walkable distance to a grocery store, and few people are aware of food-related programs already happening in the community.

St. Vital is home to many of Winnipeg’s farms and is home to 175 food businesses. The full report can be viewed at FoodInStVital.ca.

Local Food Conversation on the Menu at Conference

Manitoba high school students will present how they have increased their use of local ingredients in food by working with Manitoba farmers during an upcoming conference.

The fifth annual Growing Local Conference will be a three-day event from February 23-25 for anyone interested in learning about healthy, sustainable and fair food.

“These students are a great example of the amazing work going on in our province to support local farmers,” said Kreesta Doucette, director of Food Matters Manitoba, the organization behind the event. “We’re thrilled that they will be a part of the Growing Local conference to teach people about how easy it is to incorporate local ingredients into our daily meals.”

Youth presentations will take place at 2 p.m. on February at the Marlborough Hotel. For more information or to buy tickets to the Growing Local Conference, visit FoodMattersManitoba.ca or call (204) 943-0822.