A Guide To Green Festivals
A green festival or event incorporates environmental considerations to minimize its negative impact of the environment. This guide is filled with facts, practical ideas and best practices that will help you at any stage of your festival.

Healthy Food in Your Community – A Toolkit for Policy Change
Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists

This toolkit will help you to:
– Navigate key issues related to healthy food
– Identify what policies affect food in your community
– Recognize where decisions are made and who makes them
– Build strong relationships to influence food policy decisions
– Take action for food policy change

Healthy Food For All: A Toolkit for Sustainable Community Food Systems

One component of the Healthy Food For All: Sustainable Local Food Systems project (2013-2015), a collaboration of 6 organizations led by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, was the  development of a tool kit to aid communities to improve their local food systems. The tool kit recognizes the cyclical nature of the food system and includes resources for its various components, such as production/collection, processing, distribution, access and consumption and waste disposal.

NRC Navigator

This free online tool was developed by the Nutrition Resource Centre for health promotion professionals and community partners involved in healthy eating and nutrition across the health continuum. It is a valuable resource for those involved in program and policy development.

Designing Educational Food Landscapes: Guidelines for Schools

This document outlines a set of guidelines that were developed to aid landscape architects and school garden stakeholders in designing multipurpose, inclusive, community-engaged school food gardens that meet the needs of the primary users as well as the greater community. It is the result of a University of Guelph Master of Landscape Architecture research project by Elizabeth Nowatschin, with the assistance of Drs. Karen Landman and Erin Nelson.

Your Guelph-Wellington Food Charter Tool Kit

Following the endorsement of the Guelph-Wellington Food Charter by more than 150 stakeholders, this Food Charter Toolkit was published to provides information and resources that can help residents and organizations to take action so that the Charter goals and objectives can be realized.

Agriculture in Muskoka: Tools for a Sustainable Future

Local Food Solutions was commissioned by the District of Muskoka Planning and Economic Development in 2011 to identify agricultural opportunities within the region in order to enhance local food production and food security. To achieve this goal LFS has produced the following deliverables:
• A thorough identification of the Muskoka food system
• An inventory of working farms in the District
• A review of the land use and regulatory policies of the District of Muskoka, and its respective area municipalities
• Policy recommendations designed to help foster local agricultural production in Muskoka

Cook It Up!  How-To-Manual:  Planning, Implementing, & Evaluating a Community-based Cooking Program

Cook It Up!  was a community based cooking program for at-risk youth focusing on education and skill building.  The purpose of this how-to-manual is to share the lessons with like minded community agencies interested in enhancing food literacy.

Making the Business Case for Good Food Box Programs: A Planning Guide

The Future of the Good Food Box Project was a collaborative effort of the Food Security Work Group of the Ontario Public Health Association, FoodNet Ontario and the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, undertaken from October 2009 to March 2011, coordinated by Community Voices Consulting. Its purpose was to strengthen the network of Good Food Box (GFB) programs across the province by developing a sustainable GFB business model and activating a supportive GFB network. This planning guide was one of the products of this project.

Our Food, Our Right
CommunityAlliance for Global Justice

This is a CAGJ Food Justice Project publication (72 pages) that combines hands-on tools for change with community recipes and political awareness to engage you in joining in the struggle for food justice. Our Food, Our Right promotes community knowledge sharing, self-sufficiency, accessibility, and food justice through a food sovereignty framework.

Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University

  • Articles, publications, resources and contacts

Community Gardening Manual, Produced by GreenWorks for Toronto Community Housing Corporation 2007

  • Guide for planning and developing a community garden within Toronto Community Housing; also applicable to other communities.

Community Gardening Resource Guide, Produced by GreenWorks for Toronto Community Housing Corporation 2007

  • Programs, partnerships and funding, with extensive contact list

The Food Poverty Projects Database []

  • Contains details of a range of food and low income projects operating in a variety of settings throughout the UK.

From the Ground Up: A Primer for Community Action [PDF], A. McBay and H. Grinvalds, Nat’l Farmers Union Local 316 & Food Down the Road 2007

  • This primer helps to build common ground on local food by informing people about challenges and opportunities facing Kingston and countryside’s food system.

The Good Food Box Guide: How to Start a Program in Your Community, FoodShare Toronto: 2nd Edition, 2008

  • This guide for developing a non-profit fresh fruit and vegetable distribution system to improve the food access of low-income people in their communities in a way that also encourages community development, promotes improved nutrition and supports the local agricultural economy.

Green Ontario, A project of the Conservation Council of Ontario

  • Information and action steps for making farming more environmentally friendly

Growing Better Cities: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development, The International Development Research Centre

  • IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation that works in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies. The website contains PowerPoint presentations and papers on research, projects and recommendations.

Growing for Market

  • News, advice and resources for market farmers

Individual and Household Insecurity in Canada: Positions of Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada
[PDF], 2005

  • Identifies factors involved in food insecurity and recommends a population approach to reducing health inequities through the puruit of social justice.

Healthy Food, Healthy Community, Heidenheim, L. & Sones, M., Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition 2006

  • Identifies important aspects of food as determinants of health and showcases community initiatives from a health promotion perspective

Household Survey Tools, Ecoonomic Research Service USDA. 2008

  • Household food security assessment tools

The Last Straw! A Board Game on the Social Determinants of Health©, K. Rossiter & K. Reeve. 2007

  • This is an engaging new board game that shows how the social determinants of health are applied to both the micro and macro issues of life

Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada – Ontario Region

  • Information, research papers, courses, directories

Organic Agriculture Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Information and Fact Sheets

Seeds of Diversity

  • Canada’s Heritage Seed Program for gardeners – Source for information about heritage seeds, seed saving, plant diversity, garden history and your own garden heritage.

Thought About Food?Food Security Projects of the Nova Scotia Nutrition Council and the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre, Dalhousie University. 2006

  • A workbook on food security and influencing policy

Food Safety for Farmers, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Food safety risks can be reduced on the farm, through prevention, detection and control initiatives. We can help you prevent the introduction of biological, chemical and physical hazards into the food chain.