During the month of December, and the first week of January, the Farm To Fork team ran a crowd funding campaign.
The University of Guelph‘s Better Planet Project launched several years ago with the goal of raising 200 million dollars; money that would be used to change lives and improve life locally, provincially, nationally, and around the world.
To date the project has raised over $170 million and has helped support countless projects at the University of Guelph. Supported projects have crossed disciplines and have been as diverse as the students, staff, and faculty who call the university home. From saving the Elm Tree, to developing the Barcode of Life DNA project, to preparing a million meals for impoverished nations, the Better Planet Project has already had an immediate and lasting impact around the globe.
Community, Environment, Food, Health, Teaching & Learning – the pillars of The Better Planet Project – go to show that the work that happens at the University of Guelph is more than academic, it is work that drives real-life solutions to the many challenges we face right now.
It’s with this in mind that the Farm To Fork team is proud to acknowledge the support of The Better Planet Project, and the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences (CPES) at the University of Guelph. Of course, their support wouldn’t be possible without donations from alumni and friends who recognize our combined ability to change lives and improve life.
The funding we’ve received through The Better Planet Project and the CPES will be used over the winter semester to support student development of the next stages of the Farm To Fork project – making it easier for donors to provide the foods that are needed, and ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious food.
Thank you University of Guelph, thank you CPES, thank you Better Planet Project, and thank you to the generous alumni and friends who have donated to and believe in the Farm To Fork project. Together we will eliminate food insecurity – in our community and beyond.
If you’d like to know more about the Better Planet Project click here.
If you’d like to contribute to the Farm To Fork project, you can do so through the Better Planet Project (and all donations are tax deductible). Just let us know and we’ll connect you to the awesome people who know more about this sort of thing than we do.
As the snow has begun to fall in Guelph, it’s clear that the Holiday Season is fast approaching. For most of us this means spending time with our families, reconnecting with friends, and enjoying the many treats that are customary at this time of year.
Sadly not everyone in our community is as fortunate. There are many families who go without; families who are struggling to make ends meet; families worrying where their next meal will come from; families who need our help.
The good news is that Guelph has been and continues to be a city that responds to the needs of its community. Many schools and businesses will begin their holiday food drives; collecting goods to ensure that every person in our community has the food they need, and demonstrating that when we work together, great things can be achieved. It’s in this spirit that the Farm To Fork team would like to partner with you.
How can Farm To Fork help?
- Let us know if you are running a food drive in your school, community group, place of worship, or business.
- Sign up the members of your group at Farm-To-Fork.ca. By doing so we’ll be able to connect everyone to the needs of the local emergency food provider that you have opted to link with.
- Have your group members pledge items that are needed.
- Collect the items that have been pledged.
It’s that simple.
Of course, we also want to celebrate the amazing things that people in Guelph do all the time. Send us a team photo with the Farm To Fork logo, including a short blurb explaining why food security is important, and we’ll post it here. Share your holiday spirit. Share your sense of community. Inspire yourselves. Inspire others.
Working together we can ensure that every person has access to the food they need this holiday season.
It finally happened. After more than a year in development the Farm-To-Fork.ca website officially launched on Thursday, October 3. To celebrate, we gathered at Innovation Guelph with community members to enjoy a night of great food and drink (provided by several amazing local vendors). Hosted by co-founders Dr. Daniel Gillis and Danny Williamson, the night began with a welcome by MPP Liz Sandals. Liz, whose history is linked with the University of Guelph‘s School of Computer Science, spoke about the importance of geek power for social justice. This was followed by a keynote presentation by Dr. Ralph Martin, the University of Guelph’s Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production.
The night also included presentations by Linda Hawkins of the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, Marg Hedley of the Guelph Wellbeing Initiative, Randalin Ellery of the Seed Community Food Hub, Kate Vsetula of the Guelph-Wellington Food Round Table, Stacey Dunnigan of TasteReal, and Tina Brophey of Community Voices.
Of course, the Farm To Fork project and the launch event couldn’t have happened without the amazing work of a lot of people, the contributions of many local businesses and community members, the students, and the experts in our community who spent countless hours making Farm-To-Fork.ca what it is today. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event. Thank you to those who have already signed up as donors. And thank you to all of the people involved in making tonight possible.
- To the volunteers: you are amazing. Thank you for stepping up, setting up, picking up, and cleaning up. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to make the launch event the success it was. Without you, the launch could not have happened.
- To the speakers: your thoughts, reflections, and expertise made the night more than just a launch event; it was an experience. You helped put a face on the problem of food insecurity. You identified how all of us are capable of helping. And you demonstrated that Guelph is on the leading edge of thinking differently.
- To the local businesses: thank you for all of your support, be that in the form of food, money, or space to work. You truly define the Guelph spirit. Thank you to 39 Carden Street, The Albion Hotel, Alliance Roofing, Atmosphere Café, The Babelfish Bistro, Baker Street Station, Belatech Innovations, The BookShelf, Cassoulet Catering, Chudleigh’s, Clear Path Chiropractic, Evolve Nutrition, The Joint Café, Lunarstorm Technologies, Merbridge Networks, Meridian Credit Union, Planet Bean, Portions, Secret Weapon Media, TasteReal, Wellington Cakes, and The Woolwich Arrow.
- To the University of Guelph: thank you to the School of Computer Science, and to the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences for supporting this project since it started.
- To our community partners: thank you for your time, your patience, and your expertise. Guelph has an amazing group of people who are fighting the good fight. Farm To Fork wouldn’t be the project it is without your advice, knowledge, and guidance. Thank you to all of our local emergency food providers, thank you to the Guelph-Wellington Food Round Table, the Food Access Working Group, and the Distribution Working Group. Farm To Fork is what it is because you cared enough to be engaged.
- To the community: thank you for supporting this project from day one. It really didn’t surprise us that the community embraced the Farm To Fork project. Guelph has always been an engaged and socially conscious community. This is what sets our community apart. This is what makes Guelph amazing.
- To our students: where to begin? You are absolutely amazing. Thank you for the time and energy you eagerly threw into this project. Thank you for being leaders. Thank you for thinking differently and working towards something for more than just grades. We are infinitely proud of what you have done. Your work will make a huge difference in our community, and around the world.
If you haven’t done so already, become a member of the Farm To Fork project. Sign up by clicking here.
This weekend (September 22nd), some of the Farm To Fork team will be attending the annual taste∙real Field Dinner. We’re honoured the organizers have chosen Farm To Fork as a recipient of a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event.
The Field Dinner is taste∙real’s annual celebration of fresh, local food. So, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to sampling some of the delicious wares while we’re there.
Better still, the Field Dinner is happening on the same day as Guelph Wellbeing Day. An event featuring the best fresh, local food supporting an initiative designed to get more fresh local food to those who need it most? That has wellness written all over it to us.
At time of writing, there are still tickets available. If you’re able to support this terrific event, do it. We hope to see you there.
In a few short weeks the Farm To Fork team will officially launch the Farm To Fork website. Of course, between now and then we have much to keep us busy. Beyond putting the final touches on the website, there are a lot of other behind the scenes things we need to do.
Regardless, we are happy to announce that the launch event (scheduled for Thursday October 3rd) will include several short talks about food insecurity, a selection of local food, a presentation by Taste Real, and a preview of phase II of the Farm To Fork project. We’re extremely excited, and hope you’ll be able to join us.
Tickets for the event will be made available in the next few days. Stay tuned for an official announcement by the end of the week.
For those of you who have asked, if you weren’t able to donate to the Farm To Fork project during the Microryza fundraising campaign or wish to do so now, you can donate directly through the University of Guelph‘s Alumni website. Just follow the link below, and be sure to fill out the necessary information identifying Farm To Fork as the recipient of your donation. Instructions are provided below.
Twenty-five more days and counting!
Donating to Farm To Fork
Read all of the instructions below before clicking here.
- In the first drop down box (see box 1 in the image below) labeled Available Programs, scroll to the bottom of the options and select Write-In Option.
- Click I prefer to support an area that is not listed above.
- In the box labeled Area of Interest write Farm To Fork.
- In the box labeled Amount enter your donation amount.
- In the box labeled Contact Information write Sonia Mancini and Daniel Gillis.
- Under Gift Type click One-time gift (unless you wish to make multiple donations).
- Once all of the items in Box 1 (above) are filled in, click the Calculate button.
- Fill in all of the relevant contact information requested in Box 3.
- Click the Next button to complete your donation.