About Halton Food

Vision

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Affordable Access

Halton Food believes that all residents have access to adequate, affordable, safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable food.

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Sustainable Food System

That there is a fair and sustainable food system - local foods are available and promoted, local agricultural lands and farmers are protected and supported, and food has been produced and distributed in an environmentally acceptable way.

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Food Sovreignty

Food is an important part of our heritage and culture and every one has the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods. Everyone has a right to define their own food and agricultural systems.

Mission

The mission of Halton Food is to educate residents about sustainable food production and promote access to local, healthy culturally-relevant food through environmentally sustainable community gardening, urban farming and school gardens.

Values

Halton Food is committed to the following values:

  • Right to Know — People have a right to know what’s in their food and where and how it was produced
  • Access — All people should have physical and economic access to healthy, local food
  • Economic Viability — Local food businesses should be valued, supported and vibrant
  • Sustainability — All sectors of society share in the responsibility for creating and

    maintaining a local sustainable food system

Role of Staff

At Halton Food, we’re passionate about community involvement. Our diverse team brings a range of knowledge, skills and experience to strengthen food security issues across Halton Region. Currently our staff work in outreach and education teaching others about urban agriculture, and maintaining 10 community gardens across the region. Learn more about how our staff can support your community or school gardens by joining the Halton Community Garden Network.

Halton Community GROWING NETWORK

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Garden Education

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Curriculum-linked Programs

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Training and Support

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Resources

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Nutrition

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History

May 1, 2008

The Halton Food Committee held its initial meeting to identify key food issues for the community, to connect with others who worked on similar issues, and to explore the idea of a collaborative approach. Interested community members worked to establish the Halton Food Committee and continued to meet to develop a vision and mission.

April 2009

This Committee, with support from the Halton Region Health Department, hosted a Halton Food Forum. Speakers at the forum included the Co-Chair of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable and the Acting Manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council who discussed food councils in their communities.

Forum participants were from a wide variety of backgrounds including school nutrition programs, prenatal nutrition programs, food and restaurant industry, food banks, good food box programs, multicultural council, children’s aid, regional employees, students, women’s institute, churches, farmers and others from the agricultural community. There were 138 people registered.

The need for a food council for Halton was affirmed at this meeting. Feedback on the vision, mission and priority issues was collected at the forum and used to develop a Terms of Reference for a new food council.

November 2009

The Halton Food Council was launched and met for the first time. The Halton Food Council is an independent community council with representatives from a variety of food, health and agricultural organizations. Coordinating support is provided by the Halton Region Health Department.

* A food system includes food production, food processing, food distribution, food access, food consumption, food education and waste management.

November 2016

The Halton Food Council became an incorporated, non-profit organization that operates in all four municipalities of Halton: Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills.

April 2020

Halton Food Council became Halton Food Gardens, a program of Halton Environmental Network.

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Get Involved

Please get in touch to learn how you can be part of the movement and join the Halton Community Garden Network or have your school join the Halton School Garden Network.

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