The COVID-19 pandemic has created immense opportunity and pressures for local food systems. It showed how critical these systems are, as well as exposing weaknesses that make them vulnerable. The goal of these sessions is to explore the hard-won lessons learned from a global pandemic that can help local food businesses and organizations strengthen as a result.
Keynote speaker Dr. Evan Fraser will kick off the series. Dr. Fraser is a professor of geography and the Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph. A passionate communicator, he has written for the Globe and Mail, the Guardian.com, CNN.com, ForeignAffairs.com, the Walrus and the Ottawa Citizen, and has authored popular non-fiction books about food and food security; most recently Uncertain Harvest, published in 2020.
This virtual conference is hosted by the County of Renfrew and Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance, and brought to you with the collaboration of OMAFRA.
March 10th, 10 am - 12 pm: Local Food More than Ever: Harvesting the Lessons of COVID-19, with keynote speaker Dr. Evan Fraser.
March 17th, 10 am - 12 pm: Navigating Agri-Tourism During a Pandemic
12 pm - 1 pm: Chef-Led "Taste of the North" participatory lunch
March 24th, 10 am - 12pm: Surviving and Thriving: The Resilience of Local Food
March 31st, 10 am - 12pm: Innovations in the Local Food Frontier: Greenhouse, Vertical Farming, Aquaculture, Aquaponics
12 pm - 1 pm: Chef-Led "Taste of Renfrew County" participatory lunch