The Bring Food Home conference was born in 2010, and has now had 3 successful conferences that followed in 2011, 2013 and the 2015 (check out the archives to see more information on past Bring Food Home conferences). The conference held in 2015 was attended by over 250 individuals including farmers, academics, municipal staff, and anti-poverty activists and featured over 35 workshops and presentations on rebuilding the food system through sector-specific initiatives. Building on the incredible success of previous conferences, the 2017 conference promises to, once again, bring hundreds of people together for celebration, collaboration, and innovation.
The three-day conference will be in collaboration with the Eastern Ontario Local Food conference and local hosts Just Food. The conference will include inspiring speakers, local tours, engaging panels, hands-on workshops, and action-planning collaboration sessions in addition to networking opportunities. Bring Food Home offers a forum to share experience and expertise, build the capacity and cohesiveness of Ontario’s local food network, and plan and coordinate actions that will direct us in building a better food system in Ontario and beyond.
Upstream Collaboration, the 2017 conference theme will acknowledge the work and innovation being done in local food systems in Ontario. This theme recognizes our collective need to bring together diverse sectors to generate action on food and farm issues, as well as the need to ask and answer tough questions about these issues. We will collaborate as an Ontario community to work on issues and grow stronger together. From food policy and food access to business support and the environment, the 2017 program will cover a diverse range of topics and make space for new and ongoing conversations. Over the three days, we will break down barriers, forge new alliances and support each other in working together for a better future.
Ontario has developed a vibrant food sector and a growing sustainable food movement. Hundreds of initiatives across the province are connecting people to the sources of their food, helping them to grow, and helping them to eat a better diet. The seeds of a healthy and sustainable Ontario are being planted.
Bring Food Home is an opportunity to collaborate between tasters, buyers, producers, planners, organizations and dreamers who will gather from across Ontario to share successes, gain skills, and work together to create an even better food system. This action-focused event will generate new ideas and connections and will move us towards a brighter food future.
The inaugural Bring Food Home conference was a 3 day event which took place in Kitchener-Waterloo on March 4-6, 2010. The conference brought together over 300 individuals who attended the conference, including farmers, anti-poverty activists, municipal staff, academics, environmental activists, and others from across the food system.
Visit the Archives to learn more about the previous conferences.
“The best aspect of the conference was that it managed to create such a positive energy – also great to have so many farmers alongside so many urban foodies”
Bring Food Home is organized by a diverse committee comprised of Ontario’s leading food and farming organizations. Sustain Ontario has the honour of acting as the lead organization for Bring Food Home 2017: Upstream Collaboration in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference and local hosts Just Food. Sustain Ontario is a province-wide, cross-sectoral alliance that promotes healthy food and farming. Together we are working toward a food system that is healthy, ecological, equitable, and financially viable.